A Collaboration Jam is an event to push teams of writers to their limits.
A new type of challenge is being created in front of your very own eyes. Imagine collaborating on a story with someone. Then imagine having a time limit to create that story. The teams are randomly assigned and you don’t know who your teammates are until the jam starts. Relish in a community of writers that are completing this challenge at the same time, almost always competing with each other.
Besides writing, another hobby some people have is video game development. Within that industry is a particular, highly-structured method of; practicing creating content, practicing working with others, and having a crap-ton of fun.
This method is called a Game Jam. Basically, there is a block of time set aside for the event. When this block of time starts, your game creation begins. The end of the block of time marks the deadline for the project. Often times, participants skip out on sleep to have a competitive advantage, as the most common time durations are 24 or 48 hours.
We are now applying this concept to the writing world.
It’s a Collaboration Jam! Like writing jams, except collaborative.
This is an opportunity to work with other writers to hone your craft in a fun, team oriented event. Participants are assembled into teams to co-create a piece based on the writing prompt. Whether you are just beginning or have several completed works under your belt, a collaboration jam offers the opportunity to learn from one another in a competitive environment with helpful feedback. There are judges who will grade each team’s work and choose a winner.
It’s 3 AM. An official phone alert wakes you up. It says “DO NOT LOOK AT THE MOON”. You have hundreds of notifications. Hundreds of random numbers are sending “It’s a beautiful night tonight. Look outside.” Every country has ninjas but the world only knows about Japan’s because theirs suck. You lost your sight – along with everyone else on Earth – in The Great Blinding. Two years later, without warning, your sight returns. As you look around, you realize that every available wall, floor and surface has been painted with the same message – Don’t Tell Them You Can See. A woman has been dating guy after guy, but it never seems to work out. She’s unaware that she’s actually been dating the same guy over and over; a shapeshifter who’s fallen for her, and is certain he’s going to get it right this time.