Workshop: Language in the Time of Emoji
Arlene Ducao and Myeong Hong Hurwitz
Workshop: Language in the Time of Emoji


ONLINE: 11/30, 6 PM ET – 9 PM ET
SLIDING SCALE $50 – $100

*** Limited tuition support available. Please see below for instructions  ***

Join us for a workshop with Arlene Ducao and Myeong Hong Hurwitz as they dive into the language of emojis and design! The alphabet of emojis is decided by the Unicode Consortium, an internet standards group and is largely made up of corporations that crowdsources a “universal standard” for all emojis. How does this impact our writing and our imagined worlds? How can we create our own digital alphabets that are better at representing our experiences?

This workshop is meant for writers and creative people who’d like to explore new ways to incorporate emoji and technology into their work. We’ll talk about the role emojis play in our lives and the many ways we use them as language for storytelling. Emoji and other graphics-oriented technology are increasingly visible forms of expression in literature, for example, America is Not the Heart, by Elaine Castillo, and popular culture such as comics and media, for example, Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. We’ll also discuss how emojis are represented in literature and media, especially highlighting design and emojis in Southeast Asia.

Myeong Hong Hurwitz and Arlene Ducao will be discussing their corresponding podcast, The Great Tit is a Bird


1) AAWW offers limited scholarship seats for workshops. To apply for a fully funded scholarship seat, please fill out this brief form. Scholars will be selected by lottery one week prior to the workshop, by 11/22, and will be chosen by lottery.

2) In addition to AAWW’s scholarship seats, this workshop offers limited rebates up to $50 in exchange for listening to and offering feedback for the podcast The Great Tit is a Bird. For more information, see here.

MYEONG HONG HURWITZ (they pronouns), founder of Tiny Gigantic, is an enthusiastic breaker and maker of technology for social justice. They see holistic security as one of many super powers social justice movements have to care for each other, be more sustainable and stand stronger against injustice. Myeong is part of queer and Korean Adoptee movements in the U.S. and they are a co-founder of the technology cooperative Research Action Design (, a project they codesigned with social justice activists. They’ve led privacy and security training with the New York Public Libraries and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Myeong has received fellowships from Data and Society and the Open Technology Fund.

ARLENE DUCAO (they/zey pronouns) is a creative engineer, educator, and emerging writer who co-designs technologies that examine the relationship between the natural landscape, our built environments, and ourselves. They are the Co-founder and Principal of Multimer, where they invented MindRider, the geospatial brainwave-mapping system profiled in WIRED, New York Times, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, Fast Company, Science Channel, and many more. They teach at NYU, CUNY and MIT, presenting a range of topics, including community-oriented data visualization, diversity and technology, and computer science in carceral systems. Their writing and design has been published in journals including International Journal of Intelligent Buildings (Taylor & Francis), more. Arlene’s books including Data, Architecture, and the Experience of Place (Routledge) and Instrumental Intimacy: EEG Wearables and Neuroscientific Control (JHU Press). Arlene is an organizer for UAW Region 9A’s Human and Civil Rights Council, a member of the Fulbright Specialist Program, and a Ph.D. candidate at Kenya’s University of Nairobi.

// Note on Accessibility //

This workshop will be captioned. If you need ASL interpretation accommodations, please contact Events and Workshops Coordinator

Workshop: Language in the Time of Emoji

Arlene Ducao and Myeong Hong Hurwitz
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
6:00 PM

Upcoming Events
December 7 7:00 PM
Tell Me How to Be
Neel Patel, Abdi Nazemian
RSVP HERE! Join us as we celebrate the launch of Neel Patel's debut novel, Tell Me How to Be, with a reading and 1:1 author conversation with Neel. This "daring, hilarious, poignant" (Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies) story of the bond between an Indian-American mother...
December 11 2:00 PM
WORKSHOP: Untangling Memory
Tiana Nobile
REGISTER HERE! ONLINE: 12/11, 2 PM ET - 5 PM ET / 1 PM CT - 4 PM CT SLIDING SCALE $50 - $100 ***Limited scholarship seats are available by lottery. To put your name in the hat, please complete this form. Applicants will be contacted 1 week prior to...
December 14 7:00 PM
AAWW at 30: Activating the Archive
Amitava Kumar, Monica Youn, Alexander Chee, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Hua Hsu
REGISTER HERE In December, we'll celebrate the final event of our AAWW at 30 retrospective series with Amitava Kumar, Monica Youn, Alexander Chee, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and Hua Hsu. These writers from our community have all played a unique role in the Workshop's history – from hosting their first book...