When it comes to Twitter, the last thing on people’s mind is literature. Hardly anyone thinks of Twitter as a venue for short stories or, God forbid, novels.
Literary powers are trying to change the notion that 140 characters can’t tell a compelling story. Starting today, the first Twitter Fiction Festival will feature micro-contributions from 29 authors in more than 20 countries.
In a blog post announcing the event, Andrew Fitzgerald said that Twitter is a haven for storytelling: “Often those stories are about news, or politics, or perhaps sports or music, but it turns out Twitter is a great place for telling fictional stories, too. As one professor from Michigan State University says, ‘Tweeting can be thought of as a new literary practice.’ We want to celebrate that.”
Some of the interesting contributions to the five-day festival include a 100-tweet reading of 100 Greek myths from British author Lucy Coats, a modern day detective noir told with photos from San Francisco, and publisher W.W. Norton’s retelling of Shakespeare plays through tweeting of classic lines.
The festival is not limited to reading micro-contributions from fascinating authors. Aspiring and established writers can have fun as well by telling their stories using the hashtag #twitterfiction. If your tweets are good enough, they could end up being featured on the TwitterBooks account.