Pretend you are a member of a Parliamentary Committee that has been assigned the task of investigating the effects of cell phones on the lives of Canadians. Make a list of the various fictional people you would call as witnesses to your commission. Work out what each expert would say. Write a script or narrative account of the witnesses report to the commission.
Immigration has occurred at some point in the background of all Canadians, even those who are now called “native” or “first nation” peoples. Choose one of these topics:
- My ancestral homeland
- The arrival of my ancestor(s) in Canada
- My immigration to Canada
Select the most appropriate to you. Focus it to fit your circumstances, knowledge, and interest.
Now take a page of notes, perhaps consulting a parent, grandparent, or family records. Think about the importance, even the heroic, legendary, or mythic qualities you may see in this topic – then write your “discovery draft.” In the next version heighten these overtones by clothing bare fact in a variety of poetical devices (especially metaphor). Test your prose by reading aloud, before publishing the final version.