4:15-4:20-Let people wander around the space
4:30-4:50- Introduction to Project
4:50 to 6-Writing
At this point each writer will move between four stations. Each station will have information about the concept behind that writing area. Writers can move freely between each station and aren't tied to being anywhere for any amount of time.
At each station you will be presented with possibilities for writing. Don't feel as though you need to answer every question in the prompt. In fact, you don't have to write about what's specifically in the prompt at all. You might just think of a story or idea the station reminds you of. Our hope is that you'll focus on specific memories or stories that these stations and this place bring to mind.
Writing Possibility #1: How does this space remind you of other green spaces you've been in? Describe that place and/or tell a story about that place. It might be where you grew up or it might be a relative's home that you would visit for reunions or holidays. Think about all the different sensations you felt there: smell, taste, sight . . .
Writing Possibility #2: What do you do when you get to a park? Do you do things other than what you do elsewhere? What's your favorite park? Why do you go there?
History and DuSable
Every place has a history. People have always felt it was important to document history and to remember the public figures who helped make history happen. Write about a historical figure or a historic event that you may or may not have participated in yourself. Why was this figure or event important? What did it or they do to change the perceptions of the people around them?
In this station you will find plenty of material about DuSable himself. Feel free to get up and look at it, but don't feel like you have to read it, or as though you must write about DuSable specifically. You might think more generally about Chicago history, about African Americans in Chicago, or about exploration.
Chicago and the Lakefront
Write about a specific memory having to do with a place you can see from here or from the pier.
Some things to think about: What happened? How did the place look then? How has it changed? How old were you and what year was it (you don't have to reveal that if you don't want to)? Who was with you? Why is this place important to you?
If you can't think of a memory about any place you can see from here, feel free to write about a memory of Chicago.
Often we think of memorials as statues or pictures. But we memorialize people in a number of varied and very personal ways. Sometimes we might go to a certain place, eat a certain food, or listen to a certain song in order to remember someone.
Think of a person (or a group of people) that you miss or that you think about a lot. They may or may not still be alive. This person may be someone you knew personally, or a more public figure you always admired. Tell us about this person. In what ways do you or would you remember and memorialize them? Are there certain objects, sounds, smells, or places that help you think about them? You might also write (or make/draw something specifically for them).
6-6:15-Wrap up and discussion (and possible reading)