A Twitter ghost created by @almakatsu leaves clues for a loved one
Throughout the festival, a ghost, Paul, uses Twitter to settle the question of his death and bring some emotional peace to Kat, the woman he left behind. Kat must figure out what is really going on when her dead lover’s Twitter account comes back to life, and what real message he’s trying to send her.
140-character improvised and illustrated stories from @dugaldo
Dugaldo Estrada will produce a collection of fifty illustrated, 140 character or less, short stories during the entirety of #TwitterFiction festival. He plans to crowdsource by requesting story prompts and suggestions for illustrations from the Twitter audience.
Give mysterious Victorian objects a purpose in this crowd-sourced project from @gailcarriger
Each day, @GailCarriger will post 1-2 images of everyday items found in her world (a parasol, a fan, etc.), and “crowd source,” asking the Twitter community to list one function for the given item.
“The Sociopath’s Ball”, “Scandanavian Noir”, “The Intern’s Story”, and “Love in the Alps.”
The erotic inner life of Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey, revealed by @anthonyfmarra
“The Erotic Inner Life of Bates,” lightly pokes fun at the frigid, sanctimonious world of Downton Abbey.
An unopened, aged letter is discovered. Twitter users are invited to help @andreacremer write the letter and uncover the past
A story takes form when an aged letter is discovered; its envelope unopened, its words never read. The contents of the letter will be tweeted from end to beginning. Suppositions and suggestions from readers will play a part in shaping the story that emerges
@KatieFforde voices a young woman, fed up with men, who is live-tweeting her 20th blind date
A 20th date after 19 awful ones. A young British woman has had no luck at all thus far. She’s decided to go on one last blind date.
@tracyguzeman's multiple characters bring a topsy-turvy art world to life
What is gradually revealed through communications between the artist June, the art critic, the artist’s rep, and the gallery owner, begs the question: can you ever change your destiny?
A winter storm paralyzes a fictional airport by @chrisarnold
When a winter storm paralyzes an unspecified metropolitan airport, Twitter reveals the hopes, fears and frustrations of the passengers and staff whose destinies have been put on hold, for better or worse. Around the clock for 48 hours, this story traces the drama of travel delays affecting lives at the airport and across the globe.
“High Altitude” is the story of Adam Popescu’s 18,000 foot journey to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Passages of high suspense moments: weather, physical pain, and significantly low oxygen levels.
A woman's romantic past is remembered on Twitter by @billroorbach
Danielle, who finds herself alone and distressed, remembers the voices of friends and lovers and family, a catalog of joy and pain. These tweets – the soundtrack of her romantic life – will begin to coalesce into a portrait of Danielle
Brad Meltzer and AJ Jacobs are co-writing a story about two men arguing about what their final words will be.
The rise and fall of Anne Boleyn from the POV of her dog, voiced by @lizfremantle
#TudorDog inveigles his way into Anne Boleyn’s favour, where the snacks are the best in the palace, profiting from her rise, but when the King’s attentions turn to another will #TudorDog bite the hand that feeds him?
An ode to the ever-present gyro poster girl, led by @SaraFarizan
Who is she? Where is she? Sara Farizan writes a piece dedicated to the mysterious, effusive, and ever beautiful gyro poster girl.
@GabrielleZevin tweets as Daniel Parish, an author trying to figure out Twitter for the first time. It isn't going well.
Daniel Parish, a one-time bestselling novelist whose career has taken a downward turn, has just joined Twitter at the behest of the publisher of his latest book.
A steamy Twitter romance from @MaiseyYates that just might end up happily ever after
In Crazy Stupid Sex (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin) Evie and Caleb met and started their romance. Now what started with 50 sex tips is ending with happily ever after.
@MeghnaPant rewrites India's epic poem Mahabharata in just 100 Tweets
The Mahabharata is India’s greatest and largest epic poem, stretching over 100,000 lines. It is the ultimate tale of power struggle, war, love, lust, greed and the quintessential win of good over evil. Meghna Pant will retell this masterpiece into just a hundred tweets.
Over 35 collaborators playing word games in Italian to rewrite the poetry of @PaveseCesare on Twitter
A poetic rewriting game involving five poems by Cesare Pavese, a celebrated Italian writer and translator of American literature. Twitter users from all over the world will be invited to join the game either in Italian or in English
An illustrated murder mystery woven together and solved by husband and wife @teamavery
“What Remains” will be a first person murder mystery told through narrative, illustration and links to fictional news articles, websites and events. It will be narrated in real time from the main character’s twitter account and span the 5 days of the Twitter Festival.
Crowd-sourced advice for a philandering man and his best friend by author of The Rosie Project @GraemeSimsion
Don is advising his friend over a crisis in Gene’s marriage (he’s been caught cheating). He will seek advice from Twitter users and incorporate feedback into the conversation.
Single-Tweet short stories and poems crafted in Spanish by @rdelblanco
A collection of independent short stories and short poems in single Tweets. Charming, quick, and engaging, these bite-sized stories will be shared in Spanish.
Tweets from the future in 140-character screenplays brought to you by @Katie_Khan
Want to know what happens with Netflix? Where Justin Beiber ends up? These tweets will have those kinds of answers.
“Already a Hero” by Eric Smith is a series of panels with captions that create a visual story, as illustrated by Juan Carlos Solon.
A hostage situation at a bank plays out in real-time over a tense daylight hour as @BenHWinters tweets for the police, the criminals, and the bank itself
“Free Charlton Connors” is a crime story that plays out in real time over the course of one tense daylight hour. Atlee Connors (@AtleeConnors) is a “regular guy” who has barricaded himself inside the bank vault at a branch of Upland National Bank (@UplandNB14thStreet), with six hostages and a bomb strapped to his chest.
The team behind The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will be presenting a week long story campaign bringing Lizzie Bennet back online, almost one year to the day when she started dating Mr. William Darcy.
Star Wars in Tweets. (Yes, Chewbacca is getting a Twitter handle.) Created by @iandoescher
Author Ian Doescher (@iandoescher) will Tweet from a series of Twitter accounts (for Han Solo, Princess Leia, Lando, Boba Fett, and Chewbacca) will tell the story of what happened on Bespin, from a Shakespearean point of view.
@benjamin_percy writes a meta horror story for the digital era that is literally coming for you
You will log off and power down their device feeling jittery and uncertain who you are and what you are capable of and who might be watching you.
@marcomcgrath tweets as Henry David Thoreau, reporting from Walden Pond
This Thoreau is an unreliable narrator, prone to visions of mermaids and chatty woodland creatures. He pines for respect and the love of his neighbor, Louisa May Alcott. In three acts he settles into the woods, goes slightly insane and then is saved by a combination of work, nature and social interactions. Featuring fun facts… Read more »
If it is true that babies are aware of their parents’ voice (especially their mothers), that they do have some sense of memory and learned behavior while in utero, Jason will take that a step further and give his little lady a place to tell the world what’s on her mind.
@omarjsakr tweets as a young man who is dead but continues to live on through Twitter
A young man who is transported into social media when he dies while updating Twitter. He wakes up behind the digital curtain that screens so much of our daily lives and what’s more, he isn’t alone…
An anti-government protest turns ugly and @laraprescott brings it to life with tweets from reporters, victims, and bystanders
Lifelong friends, Alia and Cala, discover via their Twitter feeds that they are both trapped at a violent government protest, yet separated. The young women use Twitter to communicate with each other as well as follow what’s happening outside in real time–their feeds filled with news from family members, activists, reporters, media outlets, and bystanders.
We repeat: @JimGaffigan and @MichaelIanBlack do something amazing. That’s all you need to know.
@meganeabbott wants your photos for a crowd-sourced film noir tale
Author Megan Abbott will invite Twitter users to submit photos or clips highlighting their favorite locales from film noir (e.g., Gilda’s gambling palace, the fateful train car from Double Indemnity) in advance and then create a noir tale using all those locations.
The Adventures of Fat Kerri, a lonely, lost woman in NYC created by @Kim_or_pen
Fat Kerri is the story of a woman who wakes up the morning after her 39th birthday party still somewhat drunk, in a tiara and a tulle skirt and a full face of makeup. She spends her day roaming the streets of NYC, asking herself an important question: to stay or go.
“Alphabet of Paris Zombies” is a visualized series of rhyming phrases with pictures that tell stories of mysterious deaths. For every letter, there’s another gruesome end, linked to a famous spot in Paris. The most ghoulish way to explore the City of Light.
How to Go On Vacation with a Man You've Just Started Sleeping With, a guide by @EmmaStraub
In a humorous and sad short story told in the 2nd person, Emma Straub writes a guide to How to Go On Vacation with a Man You’ve Just Started Sleeping With and May Not Actually Like.
Author Jennifer L. Armentrout will tell “The Proposal,” focusing on a fan-favorite couple that won’t be revealed until the end.
@Richard_Kadrey is tweeting fiction prompts for collaborative storytelling.
Author Richard Kadrey will be tweeting the openings to 50 stories over the next 100 or so minutes. You can join in by writing your own Twitter story openings. Or continue the story here or offline. Or end the story. The choice is yours.
The story of a woman who is shrinking. The first Tweet will be 140 characters, but as the character gets smaller, the Tweets will mirror her by shrinking themselves. What will happen when there is nothing left?
@albertochimal will craft a world of horror in Spanish through a string of moments that bring feelings of unease and wonder
Alberto Chimal will use Twitter to develop a reading experience that approximates that of a horror story, creating sensations of unease, horror, and wonder in an unusual way. A series of pictures with captions will suggest a moment in a different sequence of eerie or sinister events that we cannot actually see.
Over the course of 1 hour, a group of 12 writers will work together to create something that’s murderous and meta: a fictional setting featuring writers writing about murder and possibly committing it, too.
Characters from classic lit gone wild from @roninsaga #classicconfessionals
Matthew seeks to inspire the average reader and rekindle interest in classic literature. #ClassicConfessionals will turn the tables on classic books rife with guilt, sorrow, and other themes ripe for confession.
@Ankurthakkar is recreating a Bollywood movie in just visual Tweets
Using a collection of screenshots from a variety of films, Ankur will be recreating a Bollywood movie through visual Tweets. As in every Bollywood movie, there will be dancing, love, heartbreak, and comedy. And of course, a wedding.
A tribute to the aging dog, through tweets from her perspective as crafted by owner Terry Bain. Terry hopes that tweets from her point of view will honor her and all dogs in advanced age, offering a different perspective then is usually documented: the puppy years.
Bringing vampires, talking cats, and true love off the page with @JKagawa
Thanks to a rogue trod in the NeverNever, Puck finds himself many years in the future in a destroyed world. When he meets a stranger, Jackal, a vampire with an attitude to match his own, a brief fight leaves both of them in the present day, stuck using some strange social media called “Twitter” to try to find a way back to their own worlds.