Do you always have the right to tell your true story — even if it involves someone else?
This Thursday, we’ll be asking you to address this question in a 24-hour writing challenge, and we’re giving away an iPod Touch for the best story.
The Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge
will get to the root of what we’ve been exploring over the last weeks on Canada Writes, leading up to the deadline for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize:
the notion of making private stories public, and implicating real people in the true stories that writers choose to tell.
So what’s the challenge?
We want you to write a true story about a real person in your life — could be a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. — and use their name in the story. The kind of story you tell is up to you. Could be funny, poignant, lighthearted or downright devastating.
But that’s not all. We want to play a little with your boundaries and see how public you’re willing to go with your entry. So once you e-mail your entry to us, we invite you to use social media to share your story with your friends and the Canada Writes community.
Here’s what we’ll be asking you to do:
1. In 100 words or less, write a true story that involves someone in your life, and use that person’s name in your story. It could be a family member, a friend, a teacher, anyone — but the person must still be living.
2. Submit the story to us through our entry form (instructions to come when the challenge opens).
And then, if you’re game, we invite you to share the story online using Facebook. Here are some things you can do:
Mild: Post the story on the Canada Writes Facebook Wall. (And like us for tips, updates and other goodies.)
Medium: Post the story as a status update on your own Facebook wall, tagging the Canada Writes Facebook page in your post so we can see and track your entry. (See below for instructions on tagging.)
Post the story via Facebook (either on our wall or on your own) and tag both the Canada Writes Facebook page
and the person you’re namedropping, too. But be sure to get their permission first! Canada Writes does not assume any responsibility for the content you may tag, post or otherwise use for this activity.
An example of a spicy post:
So, whose story will you be brave enough to tell? Get writing, Canada!
You can enter as many times as you like (but you must namedrop someone different each time.
The 24-hour Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge opens on Thursday, January 26 at 10 a.m. ET and closes at 10 a.m on Friday, January 27.
***CHECK BACK HERE FOR MY ENTRY TOMORROW AT 10 AM.