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Twitter Fiction

  1. 1. -<br />for ELT<br />Instituto Superior “San Bartolomé”Reaching Farther, Reaching Wider III<br />By Carla Raguseo<br />
  2. 2. WhatisTwitter?<br /><ul><li>MicrobloggingService
  3. 3. “What’s happening?”
  4. 4. Updates of 140 characters
  5. 5. Social Network
  6. 6. Followees
  7. 7. Followers
  8. 8. Lists</li></li></ul><li>Twitter Home Page<br />
  9. 9. TwitterProfile<br />
  10. 10. A TwitterList<br />
  11. 11. ConnectingthedotsTwitter + fiction?<br />
  12. 12. HistoricalTweets<br />
  13. 13. Types of TwitterFiction<br />Twitterizedstories / Collaborativestories<br />CharacterTweeting / LiteraryTweets<br />Twistories / Twisters (microfiction)<br />NetworkedStorytelling (Lists)<br />
  14. 14. TwitterizedStories<br />
  15. 15. CollaborativeStories<br />
  16. 16. LiteraryTweets<br />
  17. 17. Charactertweeting<br />
  18. 18.
  19. 19. Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. <br />Henry Jenkins (2007)<br />Understanding-Trans-Media-How-Story-World-s-Are-Changing-the-Art-of-Communication<br />
  20. 20. Askingtheexperts<br />
  21. 21. Readers, thus, have a strong incentive to continue to elaborateon these story elements, working them over through their speculations, until they take on a life of their own. Henry Jenkins (2007)<br />
  22. 22. Transmedia storytelling is the ideal aestheticform for an era of collective intelligence.<br />
  23. 23. learners = readers = writers<br />How?<br />Narrativeexpansion of thestory<br />Characterdevelopment<br />
  24. 24. Students’ attempt<br />@BasilHallwardLastnight’s Romeo and Julietplaywasn’tverygood.<br />@DorianGrayNotgood? Itwas TERRIBLE!<br />@BasilHallwardLol, I thinkyou are right. Sybil’s performance was horrible.<br />@DorianGrayShewasprobablydistractedbyyourbeauty. ;-) <br /> (@Tomás and Lisandro)<br />
  25. 25. Twistories / Twisters(microfiction)<br />An original, self-contained work of fiction in a tweet.<br />
  26. 26. MicrofictiononTwitter<br /><ul><li>Specialcharacteristics:
  27. 27. No title
  28. 28. 140 charactersorless
  29. 29. Genres
  30. 30. Twistories
  31. 31. Twisters
  32. 32. Twillers
  33. 33. Twaikus
  34. 34. Authorship (Twitterusers)
  35. 35. Individual
  36. 36. Collective</li></li></ul><li>Twistories / Twisters(microfiction)<br />Microfiction calls for the reader’s full awareness and collaboration. <br />In order to “read” these microstories students need to interpret, infer, complete and recreate the texts to “construct” their meaning.<br />
  37. 37. Twistories / Twisters(microfiction)<br />“ In modern and post modern microfiction the beginning is enigmatic, i.e. anaphoric, in medias res [...] while the ending is a mock ending, i.e. cataphoric, incomplete [..] this has a pragmatic consequence for readers: it motivates them to re-read the text.”<br /> (Zavala, 2007)<br />
  38. 38. A samplelesson<br />Read these twisters and dicuss the following questions with your partner:<br />Are these microstories easy to read and interpret? Why? Whynot?<br />How are twisters different from other types of short stories?<br />Which twister:- describes a movie scene?- is based on a famous children’s tale?- is related to death?- is about a love triangle?<br />Which is your favourite one?<br />Would you like to read or write Twitter Fiction?<br />
  39. 39. <ul><li> The wolf grins. “Sweet girl, why are you on the nightpath alone?” I smile with teeth, grip my knife under the red cloak. “Come find out.” (137 characters) (Thaumatrope)
  40. 40. He knew it. Sensed it. A dreadful feeling shot up to his mind just a moment before she spoke. It was over. Her husband knew. He had to hide. (140 characters) (Twitterfiction)
  41. 41. They scattered his ashes. The wind turned, blew the stinging ash into their eyes. “He always had to have the last word,” his wife mumbled. (138 characters) (Nanofiction)
  42. 42. Dramatic music. He is struck by lightning. She comes rushing out. Drags him inside. They fall in love before he dies. Dramatic music swells. (140 characters) (by ArjunBasu)
  43. 43. Children find Candy Land. Dentists rejoice. —Alex Portera (46 characters) (Six Word Stories)</li></li></ul><li>A samplelesson<br />After Reading: Your Turn!<br />In pairs, choose two of the following activities:<br />a) Write a previous tweet (140 characters) for any of the twisters.b) Write a title for one of the twisters and explain the story in your own words.c) Write your own twister. You can follow the structure of one of the twisters above.<br />
  44. 44. Students’ Twisters<br />He foundthediary. Shecried. Itwasstartingto rain. He isn’tthefather.<br /> @Federico<br />
  45. 45. Students’ Twisters<br />Itwas torture time. Thebellrang. Everyonewas free!<br />@Pablo @Juan Ignacio<br />
  46. 46. Write a title<br />Sweet Money (@Danilo @Leonel)<br />
  47. 47. Six Word Stories<br />Studentspasstheexam. Teachers relax.<br />@Felipe @Gastón<br />Theywrote a story. Exercise done.<br />@Danilo @ Leonel<br />He shouted. Flamesappeared. Someonelaughed.<br />@Lucas @Nicolás<br />
  48. 48. Write a PreviousTweet<br />Sheiscoming up theroad. I prepare my gun. Shewillneverknow. I’mreadytosay “Byebye Red Riding Hood”<br /> @Uriel @Ignacio<br />
  49. 49. How can wefindmicrofictiononTwitter?<br /><ul><li>FollowingTwitterFiction @authors
  50. 50. Throughhashtags:</li></ul> #vss<br /> #microfiction<br /> #twiction<br /> #twisters<br /> #twitterfiction<br /> #mfic<br /> #nanofiction<br /> #flashfiction<br />
  51. 51. A profilefor EFL TwitterFiction<br />http://twitter.com/EFLTwitFic<br />Hashtag: #EFLTwitFic<br />e-mail: efltwitfic@gmail.com<br />
  52. 52. NetworkedStorytelling<br />
  53. 53. WhyTwitterFictionfor ELT?<br />Itchallengesstudentsboth as readers and writers.<br />Itprovidesanopportunityforplayfulexperimentationwiththelanguage.<br />Itisrich in cultural and literaryreferences.<br />Students…<br />explore multiplemeanings.<br />developacademicskills (synthesizing and paraphrasing).<br />developstructural and semanticawareness.<br />
  54. 54. References<br />http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume13/ej52/ej52int/<br />http://henryjenkins.org/2007/03/transmedia_storytelling_101.html<br />http://www.ihaverobots.com/2010/09/29/transmedia-and-story-worlds/<br />http://hipermediaciones.com/2010/02/04/narrativas-transmediaticas-novedades-del-frente-cross-media/<br />http://www.scribd.com/doc/38431191/Understanding-Trans-Media-How-Story-World-s-Are-Changing-the-Art-of-Communication<br />
  55. 55. Images<br />Understanding-Trans-Media-How-Story-World-s-Are-Changing-the-Art-of-Communication<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/samplereality/4373120801/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/joelaz/3754863569/<br />http://www.visual-blast.com/graphics/icons/free-twitter-icon-set-2/<br />
  56. 56. Carla Raguseo<br />@carlaraguseo<br />@efltwitfic@ficcionminima<br />

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