The Language of Objects: A Creative Writing Handbook is a guide for teaching creative writing in classrooms and community settings. Its 47 lessons on poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/personal narratives were developed for The Alabama Writers’ Forum’s nationally recognized Writing Our Stories program and draw on 25 years of classroom use and the contributions of experienced teaching writers and many visiting writers.

Each lesson is self-contained, with an introduction, activities, mastery standard, and suggestions for teachers. Each includes examples of student work. The handbook dovetails with the mainstream education curriculum, including language arts, grammar, and vocabulary. Its therapeutic outcomes range from fostering empathy and supporting peer communication to nurturing positive self-image.