Because it’s Friday (and thus a duly licensed day of silliness on Slaw) and because it’s Munro Day, here is a quite extraordinary experiment that Penguin Books are carrying out.
Can a crowd – a very large crowd – write a piece of creative fiction?
To see how the experiment is going visit the experiment’s website. The experiment is being monitored – and blogged about – and is now getting ten hits a second. Looking at the history of the last two days, it looks as if very many fingers have been over the prose.
A team of editors is there to make it cohere, if necessary, but as Web 2.0 experiments go, this one is terrific, and is being followed by the Canadian publishing establishment.