Literary Writing on the Web: 10 excellent examples & personal favorites of new writing online

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-09-50-10‘How do we write when we write online?’ is the question asked by the first item on this list and by the list as a whole. We write a lot online; that’s for sure. Of course, there are discussions about the mobile phone destroying our sense of grammar, about image-biased media overturning the craft of writing, whether moving or not, and about whole populations no longer able to read books or, for that matter, anything over a thousand words.

Still, written language is very much alive on the internet, and day in day out, we write hundreds of words on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter, and so on. What does this do to the kind of language with a deep interest in language – namely the language of literature? The web must have some effect on literary writing, right? Literary writing is bound to transform in a digital context, no? Below, I’ve collected what I consider the best writing on online (literary) writing. It’s not about e-books, digital narratives or science fiction; it’s about good old Literature as found in that sphere of a medium: the Internet.

Find the contextualised list over at As We Read

Shadowbook in The Torist

torist-coverThe Torist is een nieuw literair tijdschrift uit de VS, gehost op Tor, de browser die je anoniem over het internet laat surfen. De redactie noemt het ‘what we believe to be the first dark web literary magazine’ – en heeft in haar eerste nummer een verhaal van mij opgenomen, Shadowbook.

Het wordt gerubriceerd onder ‘fictie’, of het dat ook is laat ik in het midden. Uit het redactioneel: ‘Miriam Rasch blurs the lines between short story, flash fiction and prose poem in her beautifully written Shadowbook.’

Een viervoudig debuut dus: fictie, in het Engels, in Amerika, op het dark web.

Om te lezen installeer je eerst Tor (zie hier) en ga je vervolgens naar deze link waar de pdf te downloaden is: http://toristinkirir4xj.onion/the-torist-issue-1-goes-live/

Of stuur me een berichtje.

Radio-interview ‘In de platenkast van…’

Najaar 2015 was ik te gast bij het Amsterdamse radioprogramma ‘In de platenkast van…’ waar ik mijn favoriete muziek mocht draaien en met Pieter Tinbergen sprak over media, privacy, filosofie, Denemarken, boeken maken en boeken schrijven. Luister het hierboven terug, zonder de muziek – die is natuurlijk ook gewoon op Spotify te vinden.

Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler
Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger
Sex Witch – Helelyos
Fumaca Preta – Amor Tece Dor
Daniel Rossen – Golden Mile
(Extra: Jackson Scott – Broken Record Repeat)

Real-time autobiography: presentation @ Mix Digital 3, Bath Spa University, July 2nd 2015

Real-Time Autobiography: Autofiction and Autofiction

‘Autofiction’ has been named as ‘the future of the novel’ again, based on the work of authors such as Ben Lerner, Karl Ove Knausgård and Sheila Heti. The mid-20th century term takes on a new meaning by operating explicitly in the context of a digitalised environment. It bears the notion of self-referentiality but also one of automation – while at the same time echoing the surrealist concept of automatic writing. As such, an understanding of autofiction as ‘real-time autobiography’ can tie the concept of ‘uncreative writing’ and remix culture to digital writing as self-expression, as seen in the context of blogging and social media.

Investigating Longforms in a Research Context

In preparation for the new longform series the INC started a research into the genres of longform or longread. Miriam presented the project during a lunch meeting for co-workers in the research center of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. You can find the slides and notes on the website of the PublishingLab and below. Interested in finding out more? Contact

Longread investigation “Investigating Longforms in a Research Context” verder lezen

Four axes: Literature in the digital age

The context or background to where my overall question about Literary Writing and / or the Web comes from:

Four axes can be discerned along which a lot of the available research in the field of literature in the digital age revolves: technology, publishing, reading and writing. These can be named ‘procedural’ because they deal not so much with the literary content, but with the external processes of making, producing, selling, consuming etc. surrounding it. “Four axes: Literature in the digital age” verder lezen

New project: Literary writing and the Web

How does literature or literary writing develop under the influence of digital media and the internet? What characteristics do web-based literary texts have, specific to the digital medium they appear on? How are such characteristics reflected in more traditionally set up and published literary works like novels, short stories and poetry issued by renowned publishers and printed on paper? And what societal and personal perspectives do these renewed forms of literary expression provide?

While research into literature in the digital era has mostly focused on procedural questions (e.g. the process of technological development, publishing, reading, and writing), the question of the literary characteristics of writing in the ‘new media’ is still an open one. A view on the literary product itself is mostly lacking; a reflection on what is called ‘content’ when talking about literature on the Web. How is literary writing influenced by the fundamental shift that the Web has brought about in the last 25 years? Can style and composition be noted to have changed, adapting dominant strategies from online culture? And what are the effects on the expressive meaning of these texts? In short, how does the internet effect the art of the written word? “New project: Literary writing and the Web” verder lezen