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The Hidden Lives of Objects

  • Nashville Public Library 615 Church Street Nashville, TN, 37219 United States (map)

This is a free writing workshop intended for high school students. Students of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome. Workshop seating is limited, so RSVP to save your seat. Registration is open. Sign up here!

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My grandfather lived in a big, old farmhouse. After his kids moved out, he gradually let the upstairs rooms fill with stuff. You never knew what you would find up there: motor cycle helmets, wood tennis rackets, leather jackets from the 70s, a tool box full of acorns. I used to explore those upstairs rooms and wonder about the stories behind the objects I found. Where did they come from? Who used them? Did the motorcycle helmet zip through the air on a damp summer night? Was the rider racing to someone or running away?

You’ve heard the expression “if walls could talk.” Well what if bicycles, night stands, or kitchen knives could talk? In this workshop, we’ll discover how extraordinary and everyday objects can inspire us, as well as help us understand ourselves and the characters we write about.

J. Joseph Kane runs in the rain. He’s the program director of SLANT and a copy editor for the literary magazine  Midwestern Gothic . Before moving to Nashville, he taught creative writing in Detroit Public Schools through the Inside Out Literary Arts Project. Joe’s poems and stories have found homes in a number of magazines, including  RHINO ,  Elimae ,  theEEEL ,  Clapboard House ,  The Splinter Generation ,  Cricket Online Review ,  Psychic Meatloaf ,  Temenos ,  Right Hand Pointing , and  Admit2 .

J. Joseph Kane runs in the rain. He’s the program director of SLANT and a copy editor for the literary magazine Midwestern Gothic. Before moving to Nashville, he taught creative writing in Detroit Public Schools through the Inside Out Literary Arts Project. Joe’s poems and stories have found homes in a number of magazines, including RHINO, Elimae, theEEEL, Clapboard House, The Splinter Generation, Cricket Online Review, Psychic Meatloaf, Temenos, Right Hand Pointing, and Admit2.

Earlier Event: December 5
Youth Reading & Open Mic
Later Event: January 21
Poetic Empathy