Participatory Fiction Lecture at OCAD U

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 Here is an updated version of  Carrie’s presentation on Participatory Fiction for an upcoming guest lecture at Lillian Allen’s Experimental Fiction class at OCAD University. You may download the powerpoint presentation which contains the talking points. Further notes and resources are available below:

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Carrie Cutforth Reading at PussyCat Lounge

Cindy’s Service Hours in the Ministry averaged above the rest of the Congregation, and she had an affable, submissive personality worthy of the wife of an Elder. I wondered with a slight prick to the heart if Cindy felt the same about Charles. Marrying an Elder would certainly add to her spiritual cache.

I hadn’t minded that Charles had stolen my Service Partner away from me. Cindy made me giddy, and then I acted silly around her, bombastic and tittering with nervous energy. And then I would often spend the afternoon in regret, questioning why I had acted so dumb around her. Again.

Carrie will be performing a reading of her creative non-fiction piece: “The Way Out — A Recollection of My Life as a Bisexual Jehovah’s Witness,” for PussyCat Lounge in Hamilton, Ontario on Nov. 19, 2017. You can read The Way Out here.  


Carrie Cutforth Reading at Biphoria Festival

Then finally, “Oh, there is Jehovah’s Witness porn too,” he said dryly. I didn’t overthink how Charles would have known about porn for ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’. As an Elder, he was privy to all the secret confessions of the Congregation. Who knew what depravity he had been alerted to over the years? I said a small prayer to protect his heart from such evil.

“Ew,” Cindy cried dutifully, “Who would watch something like that?”

“Apostates,” Charles said with conviction.

Carrie performed a reading of the abridged version of her creative non-fiction work: “The Way Out — A Recollection of My Life as a Bisexual Jehovah’s Witness” at Biphoria Hamilton: Voices of Resistance Festival in Hamilton, Ontario on Sept. 22, 2017. You can read the abridged version of The Way Out here.

Interact: TV on The Web

Carrie was a guest speaker for Interactive Ontario’s Interact Networking Night where she discussed the Independent Webseries Creators of Canada’s recent Industry Profile of Independent Web Series Creators of Ontario. The report, funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, highlights the high quality and large volume of webseries being created in Ontario, as well as distribution models, audience engagement strategies and more. Aug. 13, 2014.

Spies Like Me: My Response to IARPA’S RFI UAREHERE

Last week I received an unusual email from IARPA, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a research agency under the supervision of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (United States) in regards to this open RFI dubbed UAREHERE: Using Alternate Reality Environments to Help Enrich Research Efforts.

It’s not every day I am contacted by a foreign governmental agency (I am Canadian), particularly ones devoted to intelligence gathering. The email itself was amusing in both its sweeping overreaching and vague request married with dry attention to detail.


My reaction to the IARPA email I received last week.

I had two concurrent thoughts: 1) it was written by a bot; and 2) it was the rabbit hole to an Alternate Reality Game (ARG). I immediately forwarded it to Tom Liljeholm, one of my producing partners on The Karada. Tom and I met in 2010 when I became the hardcore ambassador player of the ARG he produced as a component of the juggernaut Conspiracy for Good (CFG) transmedia experience. I soon became surprised to find out CFG was referenced in the RFI as the only ARG specifically mentioned by name.

Since IARPA had not reached out to Tom, or anyone else I could find in the ARG community, I decided the grass roots Alternate Reality Game I produced last year, titled Work with No Pants, must be how I got on the radar of this intelligence gathering agency that runs, according to its website, “high-risk, high-payoff research programs that have the potential to provide the United States with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.”1

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