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Chautauqua BluePrint Exercise

on July 28, 2007

Kathi Appelt gave a workshop on writing your memoirs and talked about her book, “My Father’s Summers.”

She used the following “Blueprint Exercise” which would also work well for a fiction story too.

1. Draw a room/house/location as if you are looking down on it.

2. Label the places in the location…ie…Mom’s bedroom. Favorite tree.

3. On a different sheet of paper, draw five vertical columns.

4. Quick as you can, pick five places on your “blueprint” and jot down all the words that come to mind. Think about sensory words and emotions too.

5. Pick one of the columns or one of the words and phrases in the columns and write. You could start with “I remember.”

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