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Digital Publishing

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What kind of content makes a successful blog?

  • How can social media be used as an effective writing platform?
  • Can self-publishing lead to success?
  • How are fanzines shaping online writing forums? Would you like to try your hand at writing evergreen content?

Whether you’re interested in crafting your writing for the web, raising your online profile or simply understanding more about digital publishing platforms, this course is for you!

Learning and teaching

The course will be based around interactive workshops, which will include regular peer and tutor feedback in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. This may include short lectures, discussions, and practical exercises. Sessions may include:

  • digital publishing: contexts, platforms, and future directions
  • blogs and the art of blogging
  • social media as an effective writing platform
  • navigating the world of self-publishing: challenges, successes and potential pitfalls
  • the power of the fanzine
  • online communities
  • managing your online presence
  • writing evergreen content.

Coursework and assessment

Students will complete a digital publishing portfolio. The portfolio will comprise writing for digital contexts, up to about 1500 words. Alongside this, students will write a reflective journal throughout which will form the basis of a critical commentary on their own work and progression.

Reading suggestions

  • Thumim, Nancy (2012) Self-Representation and Digital Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Jones, R.H. and Hafner C.H. (2012) Understanding Digital Literacies: A practical introduction. London: Routledge
  • Miller, V (2011) Understanding Digital Culture. London: SAGE
  • Papacharissi, Z. (2011) A Networked Self: Identity, community and culture on social network sites. London: Routledge

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.