Tale of Many Journeys

Suitable for:11 to 16, 16+

This is a writing exercise about taking a character on a journey. You will be making notes that would be useful in your creative writing process.

Here are some types of journeys you could write about:

Moving country/city/house. Getting a new job. New relationships. Starting a family. 

Write notes on the following questions (you can add more notes on anything else you want to add about your character).

Exercise 1 : Creating a character

  • What is your characters name and age?
  • Country of origin?
  • What do they like to do?
  • What don't they like to do?
  • What kind of journey would they like to go on?
  • What else do you want to write about your character?

Exercise 2: Starting their journey

Your character is starting their journey

  • Where is your character?
  • What objects would your character take on their journey?
  • Where are they going and why?
  • What stands in their way?
  • Who are they leaving behind?
  • How do they feel?

Exercise 3: Traveling 

Your character is on their journey

  • What form of transport are they using and why?
  • What can they see/smell/hear?
  • Who are they with?
  • How do they feel?
  • What does your character know about the place they are going to?
  • What don't they know?

Exercise 4: Arriving

Your character has arrived at their destination

  • Where did they arrive?
  • What can they see/hear/smell?
  • How does your character feel about reaching their destination?
  • Has your character got what they want?
  • What have they learned about their journey?
  • What are they going to do now?

You now have a story structure, you can use all the information you wrote to make a poem, short story, script (theatre/film), song, rap. 

You have the creative freedom to write anything you like! 

Did you know that Sheffield was the UK’s first City of Sanctuary? It is a city that is made vibrant by its diversity and interconnecting cultures. Silé Sibanda took part in this year’s 5-day Migration Matters Festival which seeks to celebrate this history and culture with a vibrant and inclusive series of events.

You can read  or  watch  'Through my Window', a poem written by Silé Sibanda and Genevieve Carver as part of the Migration Matters Festival. The poem explores the experience of migration in the context of lockdown during a global pandemic. 

Tale of Many Journeys was written by Silé Sibanda as part of the IVE-led initiative Bags of Creativity. You can read all about it in our Story.

Silé Sibanda is a poet, spoken word performer, radio and stage presenter and events host. Take a look at her work on her Twitter page