We will be hosting session for teen participants to collaborate on a digital, real-time, multifaceted writing activity.
iYouth will have with a Tumblr account with a series of story seeds: images, songs(?), sounds, or one-liners that will serve as prompts for stories. The moderator(s) will be responsible for following the participants and keeping an eye on the dashboard, tracking tags, and reblogging relevant posts on the workshop account so that the participants can in turn keep up-to-date with the threads.
Teen participants will be encouraged to use their own accounts (or create burner accounts specifically for this workshop) to write a scene in response to the seeds of their choosing. After each scene, they can select a different seed or add onto a thread, taking care to keep the hash tags intact.
Participants do not have to worry about maintaining the integrity of any particular story by sticking to a strictly sequential thread: stories can branch off, intersect with other threads, restart at the seed, etc. The only rule is that if a writer returns to a thread, there must be at least TWO other scenes between that writer's contributions.
Hopefully at the end we will do a "show and tell" for the adult conference attendees by displaying the workshop Tumblr and presenting this experience as a program idea, and maybe have a Q&A with a panel of teen volunteers from the pool of participants, and teens on the Iowa City end of things can skip this one, though if we do have an Adobe Connect room for this one, they can feel free to weigh in as well!
This event is open to the public.