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Writing with Media


Writing +: Writing with Media


ENGL 90900-01 / 40900-02

DeBartolo Hall 335

TR 12:30 - 01:45 PM


Dr. Steve Tomasula

Office: 324 Decio.  Hours: T & TH 2:00-2:45 and by appointment.

Office Phone: 631-7647; Home: 312-402-2646; e-mail:


Lab TA: Ryan Taylor <>


“Writing+” is a hybrid creative writing and literary course centered on poetry and narratives that use words, sound and images to create literary, aesthetic experience. One part literary reading, one part creative writing, this class will study literature that incorporates imagery, sound, and other non-textual materials by asking students to write fiction, poetry or criticism that incorporates imagery, sounds, and other non-textual materials as an inherent part of its message. That is, the class will move through a range of literary art forms, from graphic novels to electronic literature. Along the way, students will be asked to respond to the works read in class by designing and writing either hybrid image-text fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or hybrid critical narratives, using the authoring tools of this hybrid literature. Rudimentary familiarity with basic authoring tools like a pencil & paper, a camera, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, iMovie, Scalar, Gimp, Adobe Voice (for iPad) or html programming helps, but is not required. Collaborative work is encouraged, though not expected.


Assignments: Short graphic story; 2 major projects; Read and be ready to discuss all works on schedule.


Book List

(Does Not Include e-lit and work to be passed out in class)


Excerpts from Raw Vol. 2, No. 1: "Open Wounds from the Cutting Edge of Commix". Art Spiegelman, ed. (Penguin Books)

ISBN-10: 0140122656

ISBN-13: 978-0140122657


Tom Phillips, A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel (Fifth or Sixth Edition). (Thames & Hudson)

ISBN-10: 0500289999

ISBN-13: 978-0500289990


Jen Bervin, Nets. (Ugly Duckling Press)

ISBN-10: 0972768432

ISBN-13: 978-0972768436


Anne Carson, Nox. (New Directions; Slp edition)

ISBN-10: 0811218708

ISBN-13: 978-0811218702


Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric. (Graywolf Press)

ISBN-10: 1555976905

ISBN-13: 978-1555976903


Art Spiegelman, Maus, Vol. 1: A Survivor’s Tale. (Pantheon)

Please note, you may be able to get Vol. 1 & 2 together for the same price, but we’ll only discuss Vol. 1.)

ISBN-10: 0394747232

ISBN-13: 978-0394747231


Joe Sacco, Palestine. (Fantagraphics).

ISBN-10: 156097432X

ISBN-13: 978-1560974321


Paul Auster, City of Glass graphic novel and text-only version. (Penguin)

ISBN-10: 0140097317

ISBN-13: 978-0140097313


City of Glass: The Graphic Novel adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli. (Picador)

ISBN-10: 9780312423605

ISBN-13: 978-0312423605


Franz Kafka, Metamorphose (graphic novel adaptation by Peter Kuper).

(Broadway Books)

ISBN-10: 1400052998

ISBN-13: 978-1400052998



Graham Rawle, Women’s World (Counterpoint). [you may need to order in advance to get a used copy]

ISBN-10: 159376183X

ISBN-13: 978-1593761837


Salvador Placencia, People of Paper (Mariner Books)

ISBN-10: 0156032112

ISBN-13: 978-0156032117

Resources & Supplemental Reading


Books & Films on Reserve:


Further Reading

Johanna Drucker, Against Fiction (In Rare Book Room)

Primo Levi, “Carbon” (from The Periodic Table). Illustrated by Yosuke Taki. (In Rare Book Room).

Illya Szilak, Queerskins: A Novel (online interactive) / Queerskins: A Love Story (VR story under development).

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Enrique Chagoya, and Felicia Rice, Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol.


Design, Storyboarding, Theory

Edward R. Tufte, Envisioning Information.

Edward R. Tufte, Beautiful Evidence.

Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics.

Alison Gibbons, Ed., Multimodality, Cognition, and Experimental Literature.

Francis Glebas, Directing the Story: Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation.

W.J.T. Mitchell, What Do Pictures Want?

Johanna Drucker, A Century of Artist Books

Johanna Drucker, Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production



University of Notre Dame Remix Resources


CDS (Center for Digital Scholarship)

One-Button at Hesburg Library: Virtual Tour:

One Button Studio App:


Comic Making Apps



Graphic Design App (web pages, video narrative)




Web Sites



                  Wordpress at ND:


AV Resources, Software, Apps, Tutorials



Audio Libraries













Stock Video/Images/Audio for sale




Overview using After Effects to create an animatic:


Using iMovie to make an animatic.

Brief overview on making an animatic in iMovie:


Using Key Frames in iMovie:


Use iMoive to animate still photos:


Stop Motion Animation

Simple cut outs & iMovie (2 min. tutorial on stop-motion & iMovie)


White board animation with iMovie


Missing Stick Man animation using cutouts and photos & iMovie


[simple stop motion example, but no words):

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