Friday, July 9, 2010

Collaborative storytelling

Maureen Crisp is one of those wonderfully knowledgeable, supportive people who help you over the hurdles (thanks to her encouragement, I started this blog). She has a great marketing blog, so if you're a writer, you should check it out at Craic-er.

I interviewed Maureen for the Windows of Insight series (her interview will be up soon), and she alluded to a collaborative writing project she was involved in.  I have been waiting anxiously to hear what she and her co-conspirators have been up to. And now they have shared it with the world!

Maureen and eight other New Zealand children's authors are creating a story. They will take turns writing chapters, and they have invited New Zealand children to join in by submitting their own chapters. How friggin' cool is that?

The story should be extraordinarily fun to read, both from the authors' perspectives and from those of the children. In fact, the activity mirrors the improvisational storytelling described by Adele Diamond: what better way to get creative, listen to the ideas of others, and have a great time doing it?

You may not live in New Zealand, but the FaBo Story will be a lot of fun to follow, and it should encourage similar collaborative efforts by other writers. See Fifi Colston's press release for details. (Image above from Fifi's blog.)


  1. Nice post about Collaborative storytelling for all creative children, it helps a lot in how to guide our child's in their creativity stage. hope to see more soon, Thanks!

  2. Hi Alison,
    We are all excited about the project. The collaborative effort behind the scenes as it were have us all flying high on adrenaline. It feels like a team sport...where you are in a close team, out to do your hard, having fun, looking forward (and feeling a bit nervous about)the big competition...
    And we are all writers...a solitary occupation.

  3. Creative children: I'll be sure to bring it up again as the story unfolds.

    Maureen: It sounds like a lot of fun. I'll be anxiously awaiting the unfolding story. I also think it's a terrific idea for children, to give them an opportunity to get involved in the storytelling process.