We all love stories — from the classic bedtime fairy tale to juicy/scary ones told in front of a camp fire. And we’re bringing this love for stories here on Project Chiron. Only this time, we’d like you to help us.
While the notion of writing as a solitary activity is more popular, writing in groups or collaborative writing has been around for a while. As far back as ancient Japan, poets would take turns writing the lines of a poem of linked verses called renga. In recent times, Dadaists and Surrealists also dabbled in collaborative games such as the exquisite corpse and the chain story. Closer to home, Filipino writers now also practice group writing games, informally called dugtungan, which are patterned after renga.
Project Chiron’s Story Relay is a writing game that draws from this tradition. But unlike the renga poets, the Dadaists, and the Surrealists who saw each other in the flesh, Story Relay writers are faced with the paradox of our age, their physical solitude in front of the monitor and at the same time equally real presence in a vibrant, noisy virtual community.
We are excited to announce that our first Story Relay will start tomorrow, December 14, with Sue Quirante as story master. Go to our Story Relay page to learn more about the game and its rules. Joining the relay means agreeing to the terms and rules listed in the page so make sure that you read them carefully. When you’re all set, head to our Facebook page, find the relay post (pinned on top) and have fun moving the story along.