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A Virtual Career: 2015 Digital Writer in Residence Announced

As part of the Digital Writers in Residence Program, The SA Writers Centre has just announced the first Digital Writer in Residence spot for the year.

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Sam Jozeps

 

In 2014 a network of state writers’ centres across Australia launched the Digital Writers in Residence program, with writers from each state and territory taking up Residencies to blog, host readings, forums, talks, and discussions.

Previous residents in this program include Jennifer Mills and Stella Young, Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up website before her untimely death late in 2014.

As part of the program, The SA Writers Centre has just announced that Adelaide’s Sam Jozeps, 29, will begin the 2015 program in the first Digital Writer in Residence spot for the year.

Jozeps, who is currently the Digital Marketing Executive at the Adelaide Festival produces content for many different social media platforms, while also being responsible for the website, apps, eNewsletters, and blogs for the much-anticipated annual event.

Graduating with a double major in English and Philosophy from the University of Adelaide, Jozeps was awarded a scholarship for further study at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

“I love writing, and enjoy the challenge of adapting the text to the medium,” he said.

“This Residency will allow me to play with some ideas I’ve been stewing upon for some time.”

He will produce a series of live-streamed webcasts of poetry and prose writing, named Storycasts. In a nod to the tradition of bedtime storytelling and for those who have trouble finding sleep, he will record and stream these Storycasts live late at night from different locations through South Australia, incorporating each space’s ambient sounds as their soundscape. He will also invite various local actors and writers to read alongside him, with each Storycast available as a podcast after the initial webcast.

“I’d love to involve the South Australian writing community as much possible in this project and invite anyone to submit works of poetry and short fiction via thestorycast.com.

Jozeps’ second project is to produce and publish a work of fiction via Instagram.

“It’s seldom used as a space for fiction. I’m intrigued, and looking forward to exploring the possibility of adapting an art form that’s usually aligned with picture books and graphic novels to the Instagram platform.”

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