Lyle Skains

Dr Lyle Skains

  • lskains at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Health and Science Communication
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Lyle researches and teaches Creative Digital Writing and Science Communication, conducting practice-based research into writing, reading/playing, publishing digital and transmedia narratives, and how these can be used for health and science communication. Her recent digital fiction includes No World 4 Tomorrow for the You & CO2 project, and Only, Always, Never for the Infectious Storytelling project; both works were designed to effect social change. She is the founder of Wonderbox Publishing, which publishes speculative digital fiction, aiming to explore innovations in digital and online publishing and creativity. Her digital fiction can be found at; articles in Convergence, Digital Creativity, and Computers and Composition; and books with Cambridge UP (Digital Authorship), forthcoming Emerald (interdisciplinary scicomm) and Bloomsbury (convergent evolution of mainstream digital fiction).

Journal Articles

  • Rudd, J.A., Horry, R. and Skains, R.L., 2019. You and CO2: a Public Engagement Study to Engage Secondary School Students with the Issue of Climate Change. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
  • Ensslin, A., Bell, A., Skains, R.L. and van der Bom, I., 2019. Immersion, Digital Fiction, and the Switchboard Metaphor. Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 16, 320-342.
  • Skains, R.L., 2019. The Materiality of the Intangible: Literary Metaphor in Multimodal Texts. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 25, 133-147.
  • Skains, R.L., 2019. Discourse or Gimmick? Digital Marginalia in Online Scholarship. Convergence.
  • Skains, R.L., 2019. Teaching Digital Fiction: Integrating Experimental Writing and Current Technologies. Palgrave Communications.
  • Skains, R.L., 2018. Dissonant Fabulation: Subverting Online Genres to Effect Socio-Cognitive Dissonance. Textus, 41-57.
  • Skains, R.L., 2018. Creative Practice as Research: Discourse on Methodology. Media Practice and Education, 19, 82-97.
  • Skains, L., 2017. The Adaptive Process of Multimodal Composition: How Developing Tacit Knowledge of Digital Tools Affects Creative Writing. Computers and Composition, 43, 106-117.
  • Skains, L., 2017. Creative Practice as Research: Discourse on Methodology (Living Resource). The Disrupted Journal of Media Practice.
  • Ensslin, A., Skains, L., Riley, S., Haran, J., Mackiewicz, A. and Halliwell, E., 2016. Exploring digital fiction as a tool for teenage body image bibliotherapy. Digital Creativity, 27, 177-195.
  • Skains, L., 2016. Click here for art. The Conversation.
  • Skains, L., 2016. Creative Commons and Appropriation: Implicit Collaboration in Digital Works. Publications, 4.
  • Skains, L., 2016. The Fragmented Digital Gaze: The Effects of Multimodal Composition on Narrative Perspective. Qualitative Inquiry, Special Issue: Hypermodal Inquiry, 22, 183-190.
  • Skains, L., 2010. Last stop bar & grill. New Writing, 7.
  • Skains, R.L., 2010. The Shifting Author-Reader Dynamic: Online Novel Communities as a Bridge from Print to Digital Literature. Convergence, 16, 95-111.
  • Skains, L., 2008. Wish in One Hand. Glassfire Magazine.
  • Skains, L., 2008. A Queen for a King. Electric Spec, 3.
  • Skains, L., 2000. Ribbons. Scribendi.
  • Skains, L. and Chambers, A.C.. Visualizing the Story from Text to Screen: Application of Film’s Mise en Scène Techniques to Digital Fiction.
  • Bell, D. and Skains, R.L.. Teaching Creativity through Third Option Thinking. Writing in Practice.
  • Ross, H., Rudd, J.A., Skains, R.L. and Horry, R.. Understanding Engagement with Climate Change Education. International Journal of Science Education.


  • Skains, R.L., 2019. Digital Authorship: Publishing in an Attention Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Normal Deviation: A Weird Fiction Anthology. Wonderbox.
  • Skains, L., 2016. The Futographer: a hyperstory. Bangor, UK: Wonderbox.
  • Skains, R.L., Rudd, J.A., Casaliggi, C., Hayhurst, E., Horry, R. and Woodward, K.. Choose Your Own Digital Future: Using Interactive Digital Narrative for Health & Science Communication. Emerald Publishing.


  • Skains, R.L., 2019. Creative Writing Courses and the Pragmatics of Publishing. In: Bradford, R., Baverstock, A. and Gonzalez, M., eds. Essays on Contemporary Publishing and The Culture of Books. London: Routledge.
  • Ensslin, A. and Skains, L., 2017. Hypertext: Storyspace to Twine. In: Tabbi, J., ed. The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature. London: Bloomsbury, 293-307.
  • Skains, L., 2014. In the Shadows of Gods: Representations and Treatments Otherness in the Novels of Neil Gaiman. In: Dunne, A. and O’Brien, G., eds. Good Madness: A Collection of Essays on the Work of Neil Gaiman. Witney: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Skains, L., 2013. Streams Slipping in the Dark. Færwhile: A Journey Through a Space of Time.
  • Skains, L., 2013. Awake the Mighty Dread. Færwhile: A Journey Through a Space of Time.
  • Skains, L., 2009. Drowning Jonathan. In: Brooks, K. and Randall, M., eds. Florilegium. Oklahoma City: PegLeg Publishing, LLC.
  • van der Bom, I., Skains, R.L. and Ensslin, A.. Reading Hyperlinks in Digital Fiction: An Empirical Approach. In: Gibbons, A. and Bell, A., eds. Style and Reader Response: Minds, Media, Methods. John Benjamins Publishing Co.


  • Skains, L., Bell, A., Ensslin, A. and Brown, J., 2016. Gaming the Composition: An ethnographic study on composing ergodic fiction.
  • Skains, L., 2015. The Practice of Research: A Methodology for Practice-Based Exploration of Digital Writing.
  • Skains, L., 2015. Cultivating Postgraduate Research & Research Culture: Case Study of a "Taught" Journal Club Module.
  • Skains, L., 2015. The Catastrophe of Science Fiction Since 1950: The Role Reversal of Science and the Supernatural in 20th & 21st Century Narratives.
  • Skains, L., Lewis, A. and Muse, E., 2014. The Creative Practice Research Manifesto.
  • Skains, L., 2013. The Fragmented Digital Gaze: Effects of Multimodal Composition on Narrative Perspective.
  • Skains, L., 2013. The Materiality of the Intangible: Literary Metaphor in Multimodal Texts.
  • Skains, L., 2012. Fluid Texts and Implicit Collaboration in Electronic Narratives.
  • Skains, L. and Ensslin, A., 2012. The Material Trace in Electronic Technotext.
  • Skains, L., 2011. The Story in the Medium: Reader Responses to Multimodal Fiction Narratives.
  • Skains, L., 2011. The Medium in the Story: How the Intent to Work in Digital Media Affects the Writer’s Practice.
  • Skains, L. and Chambers, A.C., 2010. Visualizing the Story from Text to Screen: Application of Film Adaptation Techniques to Digital Fiction.
  • Skains, L. and Chambers, A.C., 2010. Visualizing the Story from Text to Screen: Application of Film Adaptation Techniques to Digital Fiction.
  • Skains, L., 2010. Stories as Real Estate: A New Paradigm for Publishing.
  • Skains, L., 2010. Invited Transgression Against the Text: Masochism, or an Evolved Perception of Authorship?
  • Skains, L., 2009. The Shifting Author-Reader Dynamic: Online Novel Communities as a Bridge from Print to Digital Literature.
  • Skains, L., 2009. Inside Out Empty: A digital story.
  • Skains, L., 2009. Beyond the Novelty: Creating Digital Fiction for Mainstream Audiences.



  • Skains, L., 2013. Færwhile & the Multimodal Creative Practice: Composing Fiction from Analogue to Digital. PhD Thesis.
  • Skains, L., 2005. The Devil’s in the Fried Chicken. PhD Thesis.


  • Skains, L., 2019. No World 4 Tomorrow.
  • Skains, L., 2017. The Pyxis Memo: On Resurrecting the Free Web. Wonderbox Publishing.
  • Skains, L., 2016. Narrative Goes Digital: The Shape of Storytelling to Come.
  • Skains, L., 2016. The Futographer: a hyperstory.
  • Skains, L., 2015. From avatars to apps: why we still love to go down the rabbit hole with Alice.
  • Skains, L., 2013. Færwhile: A Journey through a Space of Time.

PhD Students

  • Eoin Murray, 2020. The Meaning We Give It: Utopic Manifestation in Interactive Media
  • Jordan Glendenning, 2021. Writing Transmedia Digital Fiction
  • Kristin Lissel, 2023. Writing Nordic Noir Fiction
  • Levi Dean, 2020. An offer she can't refuse: Scripting the anti-heroine teleplay for the commercial market
  • Paul Rudd, 2024. Writing Fiction on Mobile Devices


  • Senior Fellowship in Teaching in Higher Education (Higher Education Academy, 2016)
  • PGCE in Teaching in Higher Education (Bangor University, 2015)
  • PhD in Creative Writing & Digital Media (Bangor University, 2014)
  • MFA in Professional Writing (University of Southern California, 2005)
  • BA (Hons) in Creative Writing (University of New Mexico, 2001)
  • BSc (Hons) in Equine Science (Texas A&M University, 1998)


  • Electronic Literature Organization
  • Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association
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