The Objects of Our Lives
A collaborative project by the members of the RBWG
Call for Submissions
Dec 1 through Dec 15 Submission Window
We say “things” are not important, it is the people and experiences of our lives that make it rich. But is that always true? Is there an everyday object—perhaps a sweater, an old tennis racket, a candy bar—that represents an important part of your life, perhaps an important aspect of who you are now? And it doesn’t need to be nonfiction. Give a fictional character that tarnished spoon, the toy car (objects, each of which carried unique histories, that were used in the gorgeous novel, The Guest List by Sarah Blake).
A 2019 Harvard Gazette essay (read it here) by Leslie Jamison is the inspiration for the Guild’s next group writing project, “The Objects of Our Lives.” Using the idea described in the article, let’s curate our own exhibit of objects to tell the story of a time, place, person, or event that truly mattered—or still matters—in our lives (or a character’s). Have fun with this. As the writer, Italo Calvino once said, “the moment an object appears in a narrative, it is charged with a special force and becomes like the pole of a magnetic field…” Write about an object to move, change, or inspire us.
After you have perused the above article, click here for submission guidelines and examples of the type of writing that could make this project our finest Guild effort to date!
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