Help Tim Burton Write a Short Story on Twitter

Tim Burton is taking to Twitter for his next creative endeavor, and he’s asking people to join in. He’s written a one-tweet-long opening sentence to a short story, and anyone can contribute the next sentence in 140-characters or less.

Each day, he’ll select the best tweet and add it to the official story, with Twitter users building on the new segments as they grow. If you’ve ever dreamed of being in on the creative processes of Hollywood, this might just be your chance.

The official website dubs this collaborative writing experiment the Cadavre Exquis or Exquisite Corpse, and describes it as “a technique used to collectively tell a story. Each contributor adds to the story in sequence, building on the last line revealed.”

Running from November 19 to December 6, this storytelling experiment is the first of its kind on Twitter, as far as we know.

Burton supplied the introduction sentence, and is leaving the rest up to Twitter users. You can read the official story as it progresses on the Burton Story website or on the BurtonStory profile page, or check out all the tweets submitted by users by searching for #burtonstory on Twitter.

Here’s the story so far:

This is an experiment sponsored by TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, which is promoting the Tim Burton film showcase that they are running from November 26 to April 17, 2011.