The average novel is between 80,000 and 120,000 words in length, but not all literature demands so many words or as much time to create or read. The traditional haiku form is 17 syllables in length, and the internet has seen and contributed to the rise in flash fiction, characterised by brevity. One form of flash fiction is twitterature. This is literature that shares the limitation of a tweet: 140 characters maximum. Here’s an example:
“The man on the Northern line pulled a long blond hair from the sleeve of his black jacket; regarded its length; let it drift to the floor.” From Londoners By Craig Taylor.
Twitterature conveys a much larger narrative than the mere 140 characters of its form. It demands discipline and is challenging, satisfying and fun to create.
In the space of seventy-five minutes, participants will critique and create a number of twitterature masterpieces. There will be no pressure for anyone to share their products though there will be opportunities to do so in a relaxed atmosphere.
After many years of teaching in schools and at university, and a stint as a bookshop owner, Rosie can now be found writing in her pyjamas or cafes, but never at the same time. Her website is www.writeme.net.au
Questions about the class? Please email email@example.com.
The featured image is borrowed and edited, with thanks, from Bernard Van Orley under a Creative Commons license.
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