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Writers' Colony and Garden Bistro present Twitterstory author

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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EUREKA SPRINGS -- A new literary phenomenon is sweeping the country: Twitterstories, literature in 140 characters.

"She took off her ring when he did his. Now he wears his, but hers is lost."

That's a Twitterstory.

Author Darren Cormier, one of the first to publish in the form, will be in Eureka Springs on Sunday, Dec. 2, to discuss this new literary style and why it is important. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Garden Bistro on North Main in Eureka Springs.

The public is invited to attend this informal presentation on Sunday evening, meet the author, and join a conversation about the significance of flash fiction and Twitterstories.

Cormier's new book "A Little Soul" is one of the first books of its kind, and he comments on the popularity of Twitterstories.

"It's common to say we're losing our attention spans. Twitter fiction is popular because the premise of Twitter (140 characters or less) is accessible," Cormier says. "Our lives are becoming busier, and technology and devices are becoming more pervasive. But there is still a need and a desire for fiction and for stories."

But don't mistake brevity for lack of depth.

As one reviewer said, "Deceptively complex, ranging from philosophical musings on literature and writing, to the nuanced terrain of anxiety, self-disappointment, and disintegrating relationships, these stories will stay with you for much longer than it takes to read them. Cormier's stories, taken as a whole, show a uniquely melancholy yet optimistic world view, conveyed with more wit, humor, and unflinching empathy than many writers can fit in an entire novel."

Cormier lives in Boston and works for Pearson Press. The Eureka event is scheduled for a private room at Garden Bistro, but guests will be able to order dinner and drinks if they desire.

The free event is sponsored by the Community Writing Program of the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. To learn more about the Community Writing Program and how you can be a part of it, contact Alison Taylor-Brown at alisontaylorbrown@me.com or 479-292-3665.



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