The Toronto Public Library is writing a book in a very unique way: by enlisting the help of local residents on Twitter.
City librarian Vickery Bowles tweeted the opening line of the story, and encouraged Torontonians to contribute too.
I'm inviting you to help write a book, one line at a time @torontolibrary. Here's the first line: "I sat on a bench reading my book in the waterfront’s early morning sunshine when a jogger suddenly stopped in his tracks and approached me with a knowing smile." #TorontoWritesABook pic.twitter.com/NOCrHRjgD9
— Vickery Bowles (@vbowlestpl) August 7, 2018
Using the hashtag #TorontoWritesABook, people can tweet a sentence to contribute to the story, and Twitter users vote on which tweet should be the next line in the story. Local organizations, personalities and authors such as David Bezmozgis and Catherine Hernandez will be participating.
Toronto is writing a book and you can be an author! Tell us how you think the story should progress using #TorontoWritesABook. Each day we select 2 finalists to compete in a poll. The winning line officially continues the story, which you can follow here: https://t.co/BW1GLENnHd pic.twitter.com/HiEUGwf7ZX
— Toronto Public Library (@torontolibrary) August 7, 2018
“Toronto is home to so many diverse voices and experiences, and this story will celebrate that diversity by telling a story through a collaboration of thoughts, ideas and creativity,” said Bowles.
The completed story will be shared on TPL’s website, and the story may get a print edition too!
What do you think about this collaborative modern storytelling? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!