A few years back, it began as a Facebook page called Terribly Tiny Tales. And it became an instant hit. Just a few short lines (less than 200 characters), displayed dramatically, white text on solid black – yet those few words, conveyed an entire story. As their followers grew, so did the number of young contributors. Soon Penguin published a collection of Terribly Tiny Tales. And some of those stories got converted into short films, Terribly Tiny Talkies.
At the Skywalkers Book Club at CMR NPS, almost all members belong to that highly stressed group – from Grades 10, 11 and 12. Exploring the merits of a fat novel sounded like it would only add further to stress levels. So we explored Terribly Tiny Tales in the library one Saturday morning. Children picked their favourite Tiny Tales and read it out to the group. Then, just when our club hour was almost up, we suggested they try out their own micro fiction. And they did! I was most impressed by what the kids came up with, in just the last 15 minutes of the club hour. Way to go, Skywalkers!