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.
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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.
Mysterious Victorian objects were given 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.
An unopened, aged letter is discovered. Twitter users were 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
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.
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
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?
@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.
This was not the story @BenHWinters meant to write for #TwitterFiction Festival. Or is it?
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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?
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@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 10 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.
We kicked off March 12 with a live storytelling showcase in NYC featuring incredible writers and performers.
Relive our NYC Storytelling Showcase
Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.
Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and four kids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.