Twitterfiction: literacy and digital literacy

Published: May 29th, 2013 | Author: Laura Simpson

As part of Adult Learning Week, Get IT Together embarked on a voyage combining literacy and digital literacy, supporting our local learning centre in the promotion of world book night, taking reading to the masses and then working with Highlife Highland to pull together an innovative Creative Writing Conference, the first of its type in Sutherland.

 The Conference was held in Brora Learning Centre, and our role, as digital fanatics was to enthuse folk about the world of blogging as a means of providing a public, creative space, where folk will actually read your work: a platform for budding writers to share their stories, poems or Dr. Who passions.

 In a room of 25, only one person had ever read a blog, never mind thought of writing one themselves. We rushed through a myriad hotpotch of blogs – from Eurovision to crofting, from Dr Who to Colonel Hadfield– as we tried to demonstrate that it is passion and commitment that drives a blog forward. That you write about something you care about. We looked at blogging (not quite mainstream) writers, such as Caroline von Schmalensee to Anna Punch.

We talked, passionately, about the Internet as a force for good. As an exciting thing to be part of, as somewhere you can find folk who share your interests. And where you can write, write, write- and be read.

And then we came to microblogging, and to Twitter in particular. We distributed, in beautiful, colour-printed paper form, the latest offerings from the Guardian Twitter Fiction collection, where established authors have been asked to write a short story in 140 characters or less. We talked about Twitter as a public forum, a connecting space- and tasked our creative bunch, each one, to write their own Twitter Fiction.The results were inspiring, creative and undoubtedly brilliant and are listed below.

Those attending spoke positively about the training, and asked for further groups on writing online, and Get IT Together is now working with both the Adult Learning Co-ordinator and Brora Learning Centre in several new projects which will combine literacy and digital literacy.

The TwitterFiction stories were shared widely, by our local councillor (@deirdemackay) and by influential blogger and creative digital inclusion enthusiast John Popham (@johnpopham) to name a few.

Read, share and enjoy!


Empty throne, alone, ruined dress,

Forgotten damsel, delightful distress.

There is no armoured angel, I am no princess



Went to the Learning Centre. Thought it was a different course. I’m the only guy looking for the emergency exit. #twitterfiction


I’ve escaped, alone at last, driving past fields of lambs and calves. I am off to hit the shops. #twitterfiction #adultlearningweek


I’m too young to die!I’ll get the money another way. She leapt,the parachute opened & raised £243 towards research into her mum’s illness.


Boy sat in the window waiting for dad. He did not arrive. A solider came &said he would never come &gave him the present he was waiting for.


She said he was her first guest. He said he was the only one. It wasn’t a bottle of wine he was hiding behind his back. #twitterfiction


She looked at the birds on the birdtable. This is what my wife is- cold unemotional and hard #twitterfiction #adultlearningweek


Saw purse, trashed old dear, pinched it, scarpered. Purse was empty, he put a fiver in it, knocked on lady’s door. Sorry, he said.


They loved him, not me.They walked away.I was alone. I smiled.Tiny feet running back.His toast finished. My turn now. Oh, it’s a dog’s love.


toss & turn


lie awake

turn & look at clock


pull back duvet

out of bed

pull back curtains

raining again

never get 2 days the same


Young mother could not remember where she put her baby. Had to wait for the baby to cry so she knew where she put it, like a mobile phone


3 menopausal women in a motorhome? Perhaps it was a mistake but they were having so much fun. Martin really was going to have to die (M.Jay)


Esmerelda smiled. She had no idea the rock was a pirate ship. #twitterfiction


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