Here Comes the Twitter Fiction Festival

Vik RubenfeldFor Readers, For Writers1 Comment

Check for hashtag #twitterfiction in late November. Fiction in 140 characters or less. Should be fun!

Twitter Fiction Festival. Twitterphobic readers will probably roll their eyes at the thought of fiction condensed to 140 characters or less, but some scholars are calling Tweeting a “new literary practice.” Twitter thinks its platform hosts some great fiction and plans to celebrate it with its first Twitter Fiction Festival scheduled for late November. The festival won’t take place IRL (how old fashioned would that be), but will last for five days under the hashtag #twitterfiction. Many well regarded writers have turned to Twitter as a creative outlet in recent years. Jennifer Egan used Twitter to serialize her story “Black Box,” later published in The New Yorker. Teju Cole’s account is full of brief tales he calls “Small Fates.” And John Wray used Twitter to follow the exploits of a character from his novel Lowboy who ended up on the cutting room floor. [Twitter Blog]

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