Literature festivals are no longer restricted to the physical world; there’s a literature festival happening right now and it’s taking place completely on Twitter. Running March 12-16, the #TwitterFiction Festival is already off to a pretty fantastic start: 17.3k tweets have been made so far with a reach of 11.7 million. And that’s with just day one of the festival finished!
The most retweeted tweet so far announces the start of the festival and has a link for the curious to learn more:
— Fiction Festival (@TWfictionfest) March 12, 2014
Events like this on social media remind us that such platforms are more than just a fad (even if it’s just our elderly relatives who still think that way) and that even if traditional forms of literature decline, new and interesting means of storytelling are sure to pop up in their place. 140 characters at a time forces participants to be witty, after all.
Boy meets girl. Girl meets abyss. Abyss gazes back. Girl becomes abyss. Boy destroyed. Boy meets girl. Time is a flat circle #TwitterFiction
— Lincoln Michel (@TheLincoln) March 13, 2014
We’ll keep an eye on the festival. In the meantime, hit your Twitter feeds for a little fiction fix!