The TwLetteratura Method


The TwLetteratura method enables people to read and comment together on cultural contents through Betwyll and Twitter.

TwLetteratura is the name of the methodology we employ to read and develop works of literature, arts, and culture, through the interactive experience and the co-creation potential offered by social networks. This method has been experimented by Paolo Costa, Edoardo Montenegro and Pierluigi Vaccaneo since January 2012; around them, an ample and devoted community of people has developed, composed of thousands of enthusiasts and some hundreds of regular ‘re-writers’.

The community chooses a book, reads it and comments on it – one chapter after the other, following a shared reading calendar – essentially ‘re-writing’ the book through Betwyll (the social reading webapp developed by TwLetteratura) and Twitter. Each participant proposes his or her own personal interpretation in twylls or tweets (one or multiple, following the inspiration): re-writing includes paraphrasing, variations, comments, and/or interpretation; moreover, people can employ media that are different from the original format (like videos, songs, drawings). The employment of different stylistic registers – following the Oulipo model – allows users to experiment with unlimited combinations of deconstruction and reconstruction of the original text, a system of micro-texts produced by the community (comments) related to the original text and between each other (because every twyll or tweet is a source of answers, comments, extensions). Betwyll is the webapp developed by TwLetteratura that allows to apply its method in a safe, more private environment, where, on a single screen, the user can find the text to read and the space to comment on it, by himself or replying to other users’ comments. In this environment, every user proposes his or her own interpretation through his or her twylls; the projects may be open to all or reserved to a specific category of users (such as the students of a class, in schools or universities; the employees of a company; the participants of a workshop).

The instructions you find on this page are to be considered as a guide for everyone who wants to propose a re-writing experiment in the same way we proposed our first projects: #TweetQueneau#LunaFalò e #Leucò, followed by many others.

The TwLetteratura method can be used as a didactic tool not to replace, but to support more traditional approaches in order to:

  • instruct the reading practice and stimulate passion for books, works of art, and culture;
  • teach the rules of synthetic writing;
  • foster an informed practice of new technologies and online social networks.

Although employed so far in a primarily literary context, the TwLetteratura method might be applied to other domains. We would like to promote its use especially to support iconographic analysis, the listening of musical works, the interpretation of movies and, more generally, the decoding of cultural products, even in tourism.

The available documentation includes:

We invite you to use the TwLetteratura method to realize your cultural projects according to the following conditions: you must quote this sentence to make the ownership of the method explicit; you cannot employ the method for commercial purposes, you will not modify its main characteristics: “TwLetteratura method, invented by Paolo CostaEdoardo Montenegro e Pierluigi Vaccaneo, is published under Creative Commons (Attribution – Not Commercial – Share in the same way) license on website”.

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