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  • Edie 19:21 on 10/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Interdisciplinary Studies 16, 17, 18, 19 – Explorations with Avatars 


    Announcing 4 new, and concurrent courses:

    Interdisciplinary Studies 16Fiction Writing for Avatars
    Interdisciplinary Studies 17Photography with Avatars
    Interdisciplinary Studies 18Avatar Design
    Interdisciplinary Studies 19World Building for Avatars

    These 4 courses will meet concurrently and work together to tell Avatar Stories. We will use the 2 avatars I have created, “Paris Avatar” and “Sydney Avatar”. I’ve chosen unisex names for them so that their identity can be malleable to the stories each learner chooses to tell.

    Full details here:

    Image: Love is Blind by Gonzale

  • astrid 20:35 on 28/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Online Writing Course 

    Hi there. Elle brought this to our attention a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to remind everyone that The Open University is offering a free creative writing course online for the month of May (it began yesterday). There are a few things to do each week (5 minute video, short paragraph to read, and writing exercises – with opportunity to post them for feedback), totaling around 3 hours. You can join or leave at any time, and aren’t compelled to finish each section if you want to jump around. I am going to give it a shot. I’m a little busy for getting into it hardcore, but I’d like to keep the creative juices flowing. If you’d like to join here is a link https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction and maybe you can share your written exercises on MU/Stories?? 😉


    • Art 06:02 on 29/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I completed this course just before getting involved with MU. Its fantastic! And very flexible how involved you want to get. I will say that realistically I spent much more time with the course than their estimation, but I was doing all the tasks and reading/responding to other peoples work daily. Definitely an enriching experience and there are loads of other great courses too!

    • astrid 15:42 on 29/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome! Glad to hear some positive feedback from someone who has done it before!

    • Oona 15:34 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like a great course. Thank you for reminding us Astrid! 🙂 🙂 If I wasn’t so anti-writing I might actually get my act together. hehe

      • astrid 21:25 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        LOL Oona, you are in the creative writing department. I think it’s just so easy to get distracted!

  • Paypabak Writer 02:43 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    My post on the Anthea Sharp talk last Sunday (3-29-2015):


    • Oona 15:17 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great article Pay. :)There was a fabulous turnout, and Myra and all involved did great organizing. 🙂

      • Oona 16:01 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Neeva doesn’t deserve to be lumped into ‘all involved’. I just had to clarify that. 😉 She deserves equal billing. 🙂 🙂

    • Myra 19:06 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good article, Pay. Thank you for doing that.

    • Neeva 19:34 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Nice distillation of Anthea’s event Paypaback! You really captured the essence. I’m pretty sure Anthea Sharp will end up linking to it from her social media.

      If she does, do you really want to amplify Michael’s newb quote about how creepy and pervy all avatars are as the lead in your post? There is a good chance this post ends up getting read by more non-SLers than SLers. Anyway, worth thinking about.

      Thanks again for the link.

    • Paypabak Writer 14:08 on 01/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t usually change a post so radically, Neeva, but I’ll make an exception because I may have more to say about that guy anyway. His website is execrable in terms of usability/readability. Or I may just let it go. I just posted about making mean comments, so best to keep quiet. Anyway, thanks for the heads up.

      • Paypabak Writer 14:18 on 01/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Now that I’ve fixed it … all done in less than two minutes … I like it much better anyway.

        BTW, I am thinking about a sailing party for the 18th of April and will work out some kind of invite for MU writers.

  • Vanessa 08:24 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Storytelling 4 Change

    Hey MU Writing Students! Looking for a free class to take? Check out Storytelling for Change from NovoEd:

    Acumen and The Ariel Group have created this hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience. Using stories makes your messages memorable, gives your audience something to relate to, and above all captures their attention, motivating and inspiring them in new ways. A story taps into more than one element of communicating. Great storytellers are great communicators and effective leaders.

    • AlexandreLois1 09:35 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love storytellers. Particularly space storytellers. I have a series of non-fiction stories

  • Vanessa 08:18 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventures in Writing

    Hey MU Writing Students! Looking for a free class to take? Check out Adventures in Writing from Stanford OpenEdX

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