Harry Youtt Seminar - Brain research, multimedia and creativity 12 May 2009

Harry Youtt gave a public lecture on advances in brain research that have mapped creative processes, together with his own practical work writing for multimedia, hypertext (nonlinear) fiction writing, and information design off-line and online.

Since 1990, Harry has been an instructor in the UCLA (Ext) Writer s Program. He was granted the distinction of being a co-recipient of the Writers’ Program s Outstanding Instructor in Creative Writing Award for 2004. For several years, Harry was an instructor in the Digital Arts Program at the University of California at Irvine, teaching courses in writing for convergent media and information design. He also currently teaches classes in consciousness and creativity at the University of Philosophical Research.

Harry is also the creator and writer of the critically acclaimed ABC Television pilot season website for David E. Kelleys episodic television series: The Practice. He has also been deeply involved in development of practical applications for the internet and the World Wide Web. He has presented papers on internet and broadcast communication theory in the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico, as well as the United States. He co-developed UCLA Extension s original on-line courseware system, in which he taught the first writing courses. He also worked with UCLA to perfect its live two-way interactive video conference course delivery system, and he taught its first on-line live interactive video courses in creative writing. For further information on Harry Youtt please see http://www.url-der.org/.

Harry is a fiction writer and poet whose recent collections of poetry include: Outbound for Elsewhere, I ll Always Be from Lorain, and Even the Autumn Leaves. His poetry has appeared in Passager, California State Poetry Quarterly, Squaw Valley Review, Raging Dove, and Bardsong, among other venues. His short fiction and non-fiction appear in numerous other publications. He is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He has also conducted periodic poetry readings in Ireland and Wales, as well as in the United States.

This visit is supported by the Director and the IADT Innovation Seed Fund and organised by Dr John Greaney. It was a joint seminar with the IADT Psychological Society.

Story submitted by:

Dr Marion Palmer

16 May 2009