Object as Subject

Instructor: Megan Volpert

If your house were on fire and your loved ones were safe, you’d hastily spend a minute grabbing some random sentimental objects on your way out the door. What objects would you choose?

All of us feel deep connections to some of the plainest objects in our lives: vinyl records, refrigerator magnets, shoes, chairs, and so on. The image of these daily or popular items is often considered fodder for poetry, but it is also valuable in prose. Fiction and creative non-fiction don’t have to be about things that happen; they can also be about a thing you hold in your hand. An object is a great subject! This day-long workshop will walk you through different ways of writing about the objects that speak to you. Whether you want to sing the praises of a pair of sunglasses for a whole essay or just hone in on the finer points of a hubcap in a tale about something else entirely, this course has tools that will help bring the words you need to the objects you love.

Participants will:

  • Generate new material in response to workshop prompts;
  • Explore the stylistic balance of research, memory, and imagination;
  • Develop confidence in editing random nuggets into a structurally sound piece;
  • Receive reading recommendations applicable to your writing goals.

The workshop is open to writers of all levels and all genres. You’ll need to bring an object with you.


Class Limit is 30.

$ 175.00

Biography: Megan Volpert is the author of many books on popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists and an American Library Association honoree. Her newest work is Boss Broad (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade and was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She writes for PopMatters and has edited anthologies of philosophical essays on the music of Tom Petty and the television series RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Contact Information: info@decaturwritersstudio.com

Date(s): Saturday. January 18

Class time: 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Type of Class: Six Hour Seminar

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