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Have you ever wanted to write a story but felt that you didn’t have the time? Have you ever wanted to brag to friends and family that you collectively wrote a book? Have you ever wanted to be an author to the greatest story ever told? Well here is your chance to accomplish all three. With Halloween right around the corner, the Marian E. Wright Writing Center is getting in the mood to tell spooky stories. Starting Friday, October 26th, at 12:01am, the Writing Center will be starting a Twitter spooky story chain using the hashtag #umflintboo. We invite all of campus to participate in creating and collaborating in this 5 day event that encourages all everyone to join the conversation on Twitter and add to the spooky story we hope to create.

What are the guidelines?                                    

Anyone who has a Twitter account can get involved. If you do not have an account, go to the Twitter website to create one. All you need to do is sign into your Twitter account, search for the hashtag #umflintboo and find the scary story in the works. At any time between Friday, October 26th and Wednesday, October 31st, search the hashtag to see where the story is at and add the next great line. All we ask is that you be creative and respectful.

Please keep in mind that the audience is the UMFlint campus and community. Refrain from using inappropriate language and obscene ideas. Any tweets containing inappropriate content will be blocked and users will not be allowed to contribute to the story. We also ask writers to try to refrain from ending the story early. If this happens, we hope that someone will take the initiative and take the creative route and resurrect the story. Remember, it’s Halloween. We want it to be spooky and scary.

The end result?

The end result, after the tweeting is completed, is a complied digital spooky story that will be published on the UM-Flint University Relations and Writing Center blogs. Each person who contributed will be credited as an author.


Twitter allows writers to get their point across in 140 characters in a clear and concise way. For this story chain, after the hashtag, writers will be limited to 129 characters. But never fear, you are not limited to just one tweet! Feel free to tweet as many times as you like. Just remember to include the hashtag. And also, remember to have fun!