Feeling Projection

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Sometimes the most effective way of conveying a character’s feelings is to project them onto other people, animals, objects or spaces. Here is an exercise I find effective in developing this skill. In a single paragraph describe a room from the point of view (POV) of a character who has just learned that his/her mother has died . . .

Untitled (Grade 9 Assignment)

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Mr. Pyotr was his name, a man who was 70 when I was still just encountering the world. His face had as many wrinkles as an elephant, each wrinkle unfolded like a book for each wrinkle told a day in his life . . .

Big

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I like elephants. Or I should say I love elephants. I like that they chew their food slowly the way my little brother does. I like the way they lumber, not lope. I like the simplicity of their thick bodies . . .

7th Generation

(Ensemble #1 as CN Tower and Ensemble #3 as Moon) CN Tower: Hey there, hurry up. You’re gonna miss the show! Moon: What show? Moon slowly travels across the night sky in a very sophisticated, ballet-posing sort of movement.) CN Tower: I can’t tell you . . .

The Tragic Square Dance

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Helium rainbows, romantic drums, Buzz Lightyear going boldly to Sesame Street, Garage bands, trees, pink choo-choo-trains, Elton John fiddles a tea party of spring. But, alas, this vision falters. Teachers! Calling reprimands. Clapping beavers, Forcing constant repetitive skills . . .

Growing Up in the Suburbs of Toronto

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Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto my earliest memory was taking the transit downtown I remember begging my parents for a window seat on the bus, a small hand against the dirt-ridden pane catching my fading reflection staring back street lights being blinded by the sun I remember the elevator up the C.N . . .