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What’s Engagement Got to Do With it?

Hosted by the Consul of the Wrocław Writer's Kaffeeklatsch Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 13 Feb 20:00 - 21:30

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Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram have in their turn become venues by which poets and literary wannabes have used social media to extend their reach to a larger audience. The portmanteau “Instapoetry” has been used to characterize this new trend as a genre, and sometimes to criticize it.

This new “thing” is so varied, like poetry and rap before it, or even writing itself, that it defies formulas. And indeed, what differentiates it, beyond accessibility (for better or worse), is that it is highly dependent on engagement.

Over the coming 10 days, this activity’s wall is going to serve as our experiment in reader engagement. Participants will be asked to create something expressive under Protected content length. It can be a simple thought, a stanza created on the spur of the moment, or something deep that is really well thought out. Quality doesn’t matter. Then, once a day until Saturday, Feb. Protected content you commit to joining), write feedback on what others have produced. Feedback should consist of anything you feel - no restrictions (other than no profanity and no personal attacks), and you can give feedback on feedback.

During our Zoom meeting, we’ll discuss the results of this experiment, and talk about reader engagement in general, both in terms of social network-based and traditional literature.

What to do for this event:
1. Write and post something (again, no profanity - shock people with your creativity).
2. Give feedback to others.
3. Share thoughts on Zoom on the 13th.