Twitter Fiction Festival

In the literary world, there are all kinds of events and festivals — book festivals, author signings, book readings, book sales, the list goes on and on. But just a few weeks ago, the world of literature merged with social media for the first ever Twitter Fiction Festival.

According to The L.A. Times, the festival was an online, virtual gathering that included authors from 20 different countries selected by a group of “experts.” One writer, for example, had to write a Greek myth in 100 characters. It was less of a lesson in great writing, and more of a lesson in concise writing. The festival also included some live events.

Personally, I think it would be kind of cool to read how the authors brought these elaborate stories down to just a few characters. In a nerdy way, I think it was probably a fun event. But part of me also wonders what the point is? Other than teaching writers how to connect on Twitter, I don’t see how a fun festival like this serves any purpose — unless it was just that, a fun festival.

Thoughts?

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