Call for Submissions: I Am Subject/ Women Writers

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Are You the Subject of Your Own Life?

Here’s an interesting writing project that a friend alerted me to: #IAmSubject

The Call for Submissions from published author Diane DeBella is seeking essays up to 1250 words for an Anthology.

Women often lose their sense of self to external roles, expectations, and objectifications.

Many times, we don’t even realize that we are no longer the subject of our own lives.

Yet if we begin to strip away all of the external layers—those that define us by the roles we play—what would be left? Who would we be?

Who are you?

I invite you to share your own #iamsubject story, a powerful moment when you reclaimed your self as subject of your own life.

Get all the details at one of the hyperlinks above or here: http://www.iamsubject.com/women-writers/the-iamsubject-project/

I’m going to participate in this.

Identity is certainly something I struggle with–how do I define myself outside my roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, employee? Who am I if not the sum of my hobbies, chores, education, and career?

Who am I at the core?

Is that even knowable without regard to our relationships with others? How do we define ourselves if not by finding out where our similarities and differences are with others? Why is that sometimes I meet someone and we resonate like guitar chords and I feel able to be my full, funny, vibrant self? And with others, I just feel flat and cold and unable to connect? Why can’t I be the real ME at all times? Is anybody?

Where do YOU begin and others end?

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Who Are You?

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12 thoughts on “Call for Submissions: I Am Subject/ Women Writers

  1. Kylie, Thank you so much for finding this project interesting and posting it for others to see. Author Diane DeBella who teaches both writing and women’s studies will be editing the anthology, and writing the introduction drawing from her years of experience in this subject. I hope we’ll see more essays coming in – it’s really a gift both to ourselves to write the essay and to others for sharing it. –Anora McGaha

    1. There are so many thoughtful, insightful, and honest writers in the WordPress community. I hope people do participate. Whether or not they submit their pieces for consideration for publication, it’s an important subject to puzzle over and reflect upon. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Kylie, Thank you so much for finding this project interesting and posting it for others to see. Author Diane DeBella who teaches both writing and women’s studies will be editing the anthology, and writing the introduction drawing from her years of experience in this subject. I hope we’ll see more essays coming in – it’s really a gift both to ourselves to write the essay and to others for sharing it. –Anora McGaha

  3. Good question – I have made sure in my mothering life I haven’t lost sight of who I am, and to remind myself I do yoga, meditate and take time out to do things only I benefit from…like writing 🙂 I still remember when I learned that this was important: I was 20, just broken up from my first relationship, and found to my horror that i had let my own life lapse whilst tending to ours/his. Right then and there I promised I would never do that again.

  4. Sounds like an interesting project.
    So when are you just “yourself”, and are you a victim of your own expectations and the roles you’ve adopted for yourself too?

  5. Good luck with this. I look forward to reading what you come up with. It’s taken me a few decades, but I think I’m finally rediscovering who I am. Or maybe even finding it for the first time…

  6. Thanks for sharing about this! It sounds like a great opportunity and exercise in self-discovery. We could each benefit from giving this serious thought if not the time of writing. As a mom within my first year, I’ve been giving this idea great consideration lately. I’ve found that I’m growing more comfortable in my role as a mother as I let go of myself as an individual, although I’m not sure that is an entirely good thing.

    1. Congrats on your mom gig! It’s a good thing to think about. Maybe a good test is to replace ‘role of mother’ with ‘role of girlfriend’ in that sentence 😉

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