Co-writing

From Community Narrations

Aims of the practice and description of participants

The activity is a first step into creative, collective writing. It can be used to launch campaigning or a wider collective writing or storytelling process.

Resources, Materials needed

- Paper and pen.

Duration

20 minutes.

Step-by-step - what has to be done?

The goal of this game is to make up a story with a ran- domly chosen group of words.
Everyone gets a white sheet of paper where they write any word that comes into their heads on the left side of the paper. Then, they pass it to the person on their right and that person writes another word (beneath the first), which is a free association to the previous one. You keep on passing the papers and writing words, which you asso- ciate with the last one on the paper, until you have about 10 words. Then, every person circles 3 words that they like best, in the paper they have in front of them and they pass the paper again. This time, they write the name of a famous person, on the right side of the paper, before passing the paper again, then, the name of a kitchen tool and finally, the name of a place.
With the 3 circled words, they have to make up a story that involves the famous person, on the chosen place using the kitchen tool.
In the end the stories are read out to the rest of the group.

Learning Outcomes - which skills are addressed?

Creativity, collective stroytelling.

How do you check the outcomes are reached?

Each learner created a short story.

Further links/readings

https://www.loesje.org/booklet/activist1.pdf