The fourth week of the “What If” writing marathon intended to inspire both my first year writing students and the Just Write virtual writing group explored our goals and dreams. This creative work built on the Who Are You?, Where Are You From?, and What is the Shape of Your Story? writing we did the weeks before (see Who Are You? for more about the What If unit and inspiration).
We began our exploration by considering the idea of the Magnum Opus and wrote about the challenge of identifying what we love to do, things we’re good at, and things people will pay us to do. We also considered the life and magnum opus of Paul Gauguin for more insight.
We also drew inspiration from Calling Dreams by Georgia Douglas Johnson as that short but powerful poem speaks so aptly to this question as you can see from the opening lines:
The right to make my dreams come true,
I ask, nay, I demand of lifeCalling Dreams by Georgia Douglas Johnson
Just as with our first three prompts, we created artifacts (human-made objects of significance) to share with our class community or via social media as part of the #WalkMyWorld community which focused on destinations and magnum opus for these learning experiences. Depending on our capacity and writing, those artifacts might simply include six word story posters but could be poems or narratives (think travel or recipe blog posts). Just like my students, you are invited to write and create as much as you like based on your current capacity. The important thing is to reflect, write, and create something that tells your story even if the only audience is yourself.