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Monday, August 25, 2014

BoomWrite - Collaborative Writing

While visiting the ClassDojo website I noticed an advertisement for BoomWriter, which is a site that hosts student writing competitions to write a collaborative book. Basically, they are given the first chapter of a book which can be written by a teacher or someone else. They they all write the second chapter and then vote on what they think is the best chapter and that one gets promoted to the second chapter in the book. Then they do the third chapter, and so on, until the teacher calls the competition over or the book is done. Then the class can buy a copy of the published book. Pretty sweet!

Here is the information from their website on how it works.

It begins with a story start.
A story start is the first chapter of the book. The rest of the story is up to you.
The story start could be written by a professional writer, a teacher, you or your classmates, or maybe even a celebrity!
You write your version of Chapter 2.
Take the story where you like. The only limits are your imagination and a word count.
At the same time, other BoomWriters will be writing their own version of what happens next.
Submit your entry.
When you're done (and before the deadline), you submit your entry for review.
If it's accepted, you'll get points and BoomDollars. You'll use BoomDollars to purchase accessories for your Boomer avatar.
Vote, Vote, Vote!
You and the other BoomWriters vote on the entry you think is the best.
Of course you can't vote for you own entry, and you won't know whose entry it is you're voting for.
You may be able to vote more than once, which is good, as voting also earns you points and BoomDollars.
Did you win?
If so, then your entry becomes the official Chapter 2 of the book. If not, don't worry because there will be many more chances for you to win.
Read, write and then vote!
The competitions continue until the book is finished. Then, *Boom!* you're a published author!
A real book
The end result? A real book that you, your friends, family, and the whole world can buy. Imagine that, a book with your name in it that you helped write.

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