Acts of Literary Citizenship: A Twitter Adventure

For the past week, Haley Muench and I were put in charge (yikes) of the @LitCitizen twitter account.

Running social media for myself is one thing. Running a Twitter account for a broad concept which has a strong community is quite another. We needed a plan. We needed to figure out what the community wanted to know about, what they wanted to know from us.

Have you ever tried to figure out what people you haven’t even met want from you? It’s some pretty difficult stuff.

Then, we thought of Acts of Literary Citizenship. These are actions that people can take to show their dedication and passion for the literary world. After all, what good is a passion for something if it isn’t shared?

As our professor, Cathy Day‘s, class has evolved,  a list of about 40 Literary Citizenship Acts were already compiled. We added about 10 more due to our twitter experiment, and I think they are pretty brilliant.

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Just think.

If people would do one of these acts once a month, the entire literary world would benefit. Being a writer myself, I understand how vital having a supportive community can be. So many writers give up on dreams (and possibly extremely wonderful books) because they feel like they don’t have a shot. All it takes is one person to say, “Hey, this doesn’t suck.”

Literary citizens and these acts of literary citizenship could change the life of an author (and therefore the life of a book).

Thanks to the wonderful additions to our list from our witty followers, we are now up to 50 Acts of Literary Citizenship. As a class, we hope to have 100 by the end of the semester. Which means, we may need your help. If you have an action that would help spread the word about authors, books, artists, or freaks, let us know in the comments below.

We’d love to hear from you.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz Winks
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 02:35:27

    Those are some great ideas for how to be a literary citizen! Not to mention a super cool way to handle the Twitter challenge. It’s great to see that people are participating and helping advance our list. What a cool community to be a part of, and age to live in when such communities and means of communication are possible.
    Can you imagine trying to do the same thing via telegram?
    This was really encouraging to see and I hope that my week with this challenge goes as well–and as rad–as yours and Haley’s!!

    Reply

  2. Cathy Day
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 20:25:15

    Reblogged this on Literary Citizenship and commented:
    Here’s what happened when I put my students in charge of the @LitCitizen account.

    Reply

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