For Rebecca’s second obstruction there is only one rule. She has to rewrite the story as a work of propaganda. The story needs to scare people into worrying about food security.
This obstruction was partially triggered by a trip to China and partly by recent creative writing competitions funded by unions and the Catholic Church inter alia.
Rebecca is a talented writer and writing seems to come naturally to her. But as with a lot of work in contemporary Western societies, it sometimes doesn't feel as though there is much at stake. This isn't to say that all writing to needs to bear the scars of trauma or needs to be political but I thought it would be interesting for Rebecca to see what it means to use creative writing for a purpose. To consider whether writing can be a form of persuasive argument. To try out writing as a tool rather than a means of creative expression.
Read Rebecca's new version of the story here:
I woke at 8am to the electro-wind chimes of my alarm and the smell of something sweet. Or, I thought, snoozing my phone and turning over in our linen sheets, something rotten. It was hard to be certain. It got me out of bed.
Since our intrepid writer has so easily risen to the challenge of the previous obstructions, I decided to try kicking it up. There are only two obstructions for this round but they're intentionally challenging.
The obstructee forced to get political. Read her response to the last writing challenge.
For Rebecca’s second obstruction there is only one rule. She has to rewrite the story as a work of propaganda.
Read Rebecca Slater's first Obstruction challenge, as Stewed Fruit moves into the third person.
A short video from the obstructor.
Welcome to the first video on Seizure TV. Meet Rebecca Slater who is part of our Five Obstructions project. Hear her answer questions on the project – her expectations and misgivings.
Join Rebecca Slater and Alice Grundy as they embark on a Lars von Trier-esque adventure of writing challenges.
Read the Monash Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize-winning story, ‘Stewed Fruit’ by Rebecca Slater. This story is the basis for Obstructions II.