Our April Winner: Exquisite Machine


It’s often said that we all have a story to tell.  Well, Pittsburgh, here is your chance to contribute a sentence of your own to a much bigger story, thanks to our April winner: Exquisite Machine, an interactive creative writing project that will engage the community in collective storytelling.

Deanna Mulye, creator/project director of Exquisite Machine, describes the goals for the project:

We want to give people an excuse to be creative and a reason to write. We hope that the project delights people in a personal, unexpected way, and that through Exquisite Machine we will be able to reach a range of individuals, from unsuspecting people just walking down the street to students, writers and artists looking for a creative outlet.

The physical machine will appear at a variety of locations around the city. Participants will be able to input a sentence that they would like to see transformed into a complete story. A group of creative individuals will turn these sentences into brilliant bits of fiction at a series of writing sessions at venues across the region, culminating in a book that can be shared with all of the contributors and the rest of the community.

Awesome Pittsburgh’s $1,000 grant will support the construction and operation of the machine, a device that will allow individuals and groups to initiate, contribute to and complete stories at various locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. Exquisite Machine will launch this summer and will be ongoing. Individuals and organizations interested in collaborating with Exquisite Machine are encouraged to visit http://exquisitemachine.org for more information.

Remember that the deadline for the June award is Tuesday, June 15th. Get your submissions in today