Writing

While my passion is narrative writing, I have also written everything from photobooks to academic articles. Below are some samples, please contact me for more:

For examples of my scriptwriting, please click here.

Absence

Short Story

Dissections: The Journal of Contemporary Horror selected my short-story Absence to appear in their 10th edition. Dissections is a peer-review online journal edited by Gina Wisker and Michelle Bernard and counts three times Bram Stoker award winner Michael A. Arnzen among its editorial board. Absence is an urban horror set in the back streets of Tokyo.

Nyanglish

Photobook (writer)

Kodansha, Japan’s largest publishing company, released a book I worked on with them called ニャングリッシュ, which is pronounced nyangalish and is a combination of the sound a cat makes in Japanese and the word English.  The idea behind the photobook was to combine uplifting images with interesting English dialogue.

Creating Course Introduction Videos in L1: When Comprehension Is More Important Than L2 Acquisition

Academic journal article

As it is important for students to understand the contents of a course and how they can achieve high grades, when dealing with low-level L2 speakers it is best to provide as much L1 support as possible. This paper examines the process of creating L1 course introduction videos despite the author having insufficient ability in the student’s native language. The author shares strategies for writing scripts, shooting, and editing that should help others attempting similar projects. Based on an analysis of a student survey, the author reflects on the effectiveness of the videos and discusses ways the course could be made more comprehensible as well as the need to better understand what further help students require.

Removing the Hurdles to the Paperless Classroom:
A Low-Tech Method for Moving to a Digital Style of Teaching

Academic journal article

As publishers and universities strive to move more towards a digital presentation of course and class information, there is a risk that teachers and lecturers less versed in technology will feel left behind. This paper looks at methods that avoid more involved digital approaches such as Google Classroom and instead focuses on easy to implement approaches. I will describe how I made my classroom paperless except for the student’s textbook, as purchasing the hard copy is a course requirement. I begin by discussing the reasons for this change. As well as this paper’s goal being to aid teachers in material development, I will also examine the affect it had on my teaching style and classroom atmosphere. Once I outline the techniques I use, I discuss the student survey conducted to examine how students felt about this method of delivery. I conclude the paper by looking at issues that need to be resolved going forward and what other options teachers could look at once they have begun their journey towards a digital teaching methodology. The survey conducted with my classes showed overwhelming enthusiasm for the method, which points to the need for teachers to incorporate mobile phone use in their classrooms. Thus, based on this study, it is my belief that adopting a digital classroom benefits both students, who feel more comfortable using their phones, and teachers, who get to spend more time and energy on their lessons than preparation and marking.

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