Hello fellow writers,
WHAT: In 1922, Ernest Hemingway was living in Paris, and there he wrote a series of vignettes about significant events he witnessed throughout the year, beginning each story with "I have seen..." The writings, which covered everything from bullfights to childbirths to post-war tragedies, were lost before they were ever published, but those close to him at the time described them as vivid, alive, brutal and convincing*. In honor of these lost works, The Ernest Project is collecting vignettes from people all over the world to document events that shape our world today. Hemingway was first a newspaper man interested in relating real life moments, so all the entries should be as truthful and accurate as possible. Consider this is an exercise in collective journalism.
HOW: Starting with the phrase "I have seen…”, please submit a vignette describing a significant event you witnessed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stories must be under 1,000 words and can be as short as one sentence. Subject matter is completely open. Selected stories will be posted at theernestproject.blogspot.com on a weekly basis. Names are optional, but please include the date and location.
WHO: Writer, editor and journalist Lauren Hunsberger launched The Ernest Project after being inspired by Hemingway’s simple, yet brilliant, approach to writing stories about all the many things he saw and experienced every day.
INFO: Visit theernestproject.blogspot.com for more details and examples.