Creative writing activity for group/workshop
adopting someone’s ‘voice’
filling in the gaps in a short diary entry
whole group, then individual writing
Alan Bennet’s ‘Talking Heads’
three slips of paper per participant
one slightly larger piece of paper per participant
On three slips of paper write three short diary entries. They can be very limited in their informational content, quite general or as specific as you want to be. On the back write the dates (they don’t matter but ensure that you can’t pick your own diary entries).
The diary entries are laid out, face down (so you can only see the dates). Pick three (or as many as you contributed), obviously not your own.
Now on a seperate piece of paper create a character as follows:
Now pick one of the diary entries that would go with the person you’ve just received.
Write a monologue (perhaps in the form of a short story or a poem) using the voice of ‘your’ person about what happened on the day you picked the diary entry for.
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