The West Virginia University Center for Literary Computing has received a $119,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research the relationship between creative writing, computer programming and software engineering.

The center, located in the Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the first programs to receive a grant from the National Science Foundations new CreativeIT program, which supports synergistic research in the intersection of creativity and information technology.

The Codework Project will involve artists who participate in computer science research teams at the University and a WVU workshop with major scholars from computer science and creative writing who can define the relationship between the two fields.

Many people see computer programming and creative writing as unrelated,said Sandy Baldwin, associate professor of English at WVU and director of the center.When you think about it, however, theyre really two fields that focus closely on the practice of writing and share concerns such as authorship and ownership and with the performance of writingalthough the performance is for a reader in one case and a computer in the other. Well be exploring these relations, and we hope to contribute to future research and education in both fields.

The grant continues WVU s successful research and collaborations in the area of computing and literature. The center has supported several media-related projects such as conferences, an online radio station, a Web site with creative hypermedia and computer game and literature exploration.

This award builds upon the CLC s extraordinary record of achievements and will help catapult it to even greater national and international prominence,said Donald Hall, chair of the WVU Department of English.

Patrick Conner, professor of English at WVU , founded the center in 1991 to support computing for the humanities. Baldwin, who became director in 2001, has helped make the center known for its innovative research involving electronic poetry and other new forms of literature composed using computer and Internet technologies.

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is pleased that the work of Dr. Sandy Baldwin and the Center for Literary Computing has been recognized with this nationally competitive grant from the NSF ,said Mary Ellen Mazey, dean of the Eberly College.Dr. Baldwin is on the forefront of scholarship linking creative writing and the online media. We look forward to his continued innovative work.

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