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Object As Subject

Writing inspired by what you hold

A presentation and workshop by Megan Volpert
Saturday, June 8th at 1 pm

If your house were on fire and your loved ones were safe, you’d hastily spend a minute grabbing some sentimental objects on your way out the door. All of us feel deep connections to some of the plainest objects in our lives: vinyl records, works of art, shoes, chairs, and so on. The image of these daily or popular items is often considered fodder for poetry, but it can also be a rich source of inspiration in prose. Creative nonfiction doesn’t have to be limited only to things that happen; it can also be about a thing you hold in your hand. An object is a great subject!

This workshop will guide 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 an entire essay or just hone in on the finer points of a hubcap in a tale about something else entirely, this session has tools that will help bring the words you need to the objects you love.

  • LEARN how to research using the foundations of journalistic writing
  • EXAMINE the ideas that your object represents, and
  • BEGIN writing your story

There are two options for this session: 

On-site at Creative Nonfiction

Online via Webinar

1 pm - 4:30 pm 

$25 if registered by 5/27/2019* 
$35 if registered after 5/27/2019

Join us live »
Space is limited to 16 attendees

Requirements for on-site participants: Bring an object, or photo of an object,  that will serve as the focus of your writing.

1 pm - 2 pm EST

$12 if registered by 5/27/2019
$15 if registered after 5/27/2019

Attend online »

Requirements for webinar participants: Have an object, or photo of an object, nearby that will serve as the focus of your writing.


Location // 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

The lower level of our workshop and gallery space is wheelchair accessible. Free on-street parking is available.

Doors open at 12 pm, event begins at 1 pm. Snacks, coffee & tea will be provided.


Megan Volpert is the author of many books on popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists and an American Library Association honoree. 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.


Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@creativenonfiction.org.