Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Boston Line by Line: City Wide Creative Writing

by Allison of Fraske Designs

Are you a reader? Are you into creative writing? If you answered yes to either, you will definitely want to make time to stop by the second annual Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 16 in Copley Square.

One can't miss event is Boston Line by Line: City Wide Creative Writing sponsored by Union Park Press. Festivalgoers at this year’s Boston Book Festival are invited to stop by the Union Park Press booth to add a sentence in city-themed stories started by fellow Bostonians. Each story will be limited to one or two pages of text. When one story ends, the next one begins. Notable Bostonians who’ve been generous enough to “donate” a first line include Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island, Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and Susan Sloane, managing editor of WCVB TV’s Chronicle. The end result will be a collection of short-shorts collaboratively written by book festival attendees—available free of charge on the Union Park Press website after the festival.

Union Park Press publisher Nicole Vecchiotti says, “We wanted to blur the line between readers and writers, and do something that would also tap into the city’s creativity.” Vecchiotti describes the project as a simple writing exercise. “But we’re hoping that taking what is usually a classroom exercise and extrapolating it to the entire festival will add some excitement—not to mention that some lucky attendee will be able to write the concluding sentence to a story prompted by Bert and John of Life is Good, Nick Flynn, or Chef Ken Oringer.”

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