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24 Feb

MORGANTOWN, W. Va.-MORGANTOWN, W. Va.- A West Virginia University grant from the Quebec government will enable students to learn more about digital writing.

The Department of English at West Virginia University received a $6,000 grant from the government of Quebec. The grant will allow the Department to bring in speakers for a digital writing mini-conference in April.

Sandy Baldwin, associate professor of English and director of the Center for Literacy Computing, applied for the grant, which has two aims.

First, The Laboratoire NT2 at Université du Québec à Montréal focuses on new technologies and new textualities. The university is a leading center for studying digital writing, with a focus on the creative aspects of digital writing. Baldwin wants to introduce their work, specifically the Quebecois aspect to WVU.

“Secondly, I have an existing research project with the NT2 Lab, which involves creating an integrated search engine for research into electronic literature on the Web,” said Baldwin. “This grant will facilitate a meeting between the investigators in this project.”

Baldwin wants attendees of the conference to learn more about the diversity electronic literature, particularly the exciting Francophone electronic literature being studied by NT2.

The Department promotes digital writing in a variety of ways.

It offers courses in digital writing, as well as a study abroad program in Portugal focusing on the topic. WVU is also home to the only book series focused on creative aspects of digital writing. The series features monographs by leading scholars, and is edited and produced by students in the department. It is released and marketed through a distribution agreement with the WVU Press.

The conference will take place in April 9-11. It includes additional support from the WVU Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information on the grant please contact Sandy Baldwin at Charles.Baldwin@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-293-9703.

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