Though Twitter is famous for its utility in telling real-life, real-time stories, it’s also an enormously powerful tool for another kind of storytelling: fiction.
Today the Association of American Publishers (@AmericanPublish) and Penguin Random House (@PenguinRH_News), in partnership with Twitter, announced the second #TwitterFiction festival, which will take place March 12-16. A digital storytelling extravaganza, the festival’s value is twofold: it gives authors of all kinds a chance to bring fiction to life with Twitter, and gives readers a chance to experience fiction in a brand new way.
Twitter is a wide-open frontier for creative experimentation, and #TwitterFiction is a wonderful way to push traditional boundaries. You can create Vine videos, develop multiple fictional accounts, use crowd-sourcing or make use of any other Twitter functionality to weave a story.
Anyone can use #TwitterFiction in their Tweets to convey a fictional idea, narrative or visual art.
The panel will highlight select participants to create fiction on Twitter as part of the week-long, real-time digital festival. These featured authors will be a part of the official schedule, and will be chosen based on creativity, writing talent and unique use of Twitter functionality.
*Editor's note: As of November 2017, Twitter has increased the character count of Tweets in certain languages to make it easier to share what’s happening.