Here’s a collaborative writing adventure for you, based on a method called exquisite corpse. I created this one for a TEDxTheWoodlands alumni gathering a couple weeks ago. It’s actually a variation of the version I made for my WordPlay workshop for kids, and the topic of travel via jetpack was the greatest generator of both visual and word art I’d ever encountered with my students.
Maybe they were inspired by the Sci-Fi nature of personalized jet-propulsion energy. Perhaps the fact that I led into the writing exercise describing the TED Talk about this guy and his jetpack invention & then played Jill Sobule’s song, “If I Had a Jetpack,” was what uber-energized the children’s creativity. I’m not really sure, but I do know I’d never witnessed them as on-fire to draw and write and collaborate with one another as they were on Jetpack Day.
You can check out my previous post with some of writing and drawings HERE.
Get with one or more friends. Fill in the blank of the first line, then fold over the paper so that your filled-in line can’t be seen & pass the paper to the person next to you. The next person does the same. Keep filling in blanks, folding the paper, passing it on. You can fill in two lines at a time to make the process go faster, if you wish. The person who fills in the final blank/line of the page becomes the reader of that piece of collaboration. Go around the group and read aloud each page of Jetpack Wordy Adventure!
If I had a Jetpack my first long-distance travel destination would be __________.
The last place I’d want to accidentally land is __________.
If I could take someone else with me in a Jetpack tandem ride it would be __________.
The individual I’d never want to be strapped next to is __________.
In fact if I were stuck with her/him, I might just have to __________.
If I could time travel to the past with my Jetpack I’d go back to __________.
I’d hate to have technical difficulties & accidentally end up in __________.
If I could time travel to the future with my Jetpack I’d go to __________.
I’d be most afraid of discovering __________.
If I got lost Jetpacking I know ___________________________ would come to my rescue.
If I were injured in a Jetpack crash I’d hate to lose function of my __________.
If I were to die from my injuries the person who’d miss me most is __________.
I’d want to be remembered as the person who always __________.
But I’m afraid I might be remembered as the person who never __________.