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Chautauqua Storyboard Exercise

on July 28, 2007

During the week at Chautauqua, I attended two workshops given by Joy Neaves, editor at Front Street. In both workshops, she referenced an exercise called, “Storyboarding Emotions” which was created by Carolyn Coman.

The exercise will work for short stories, picture books, or novels.

Carolyn draws a blanks square for each of the story’s main scenes. Underneath each picture, she writes one sentence or phrase that captures the scene or chapter. At the top of the square, she writes the emotion of the scene or chapter. And in the box, she draws a picture of the scene or chapter.

Read Carolyn’s exercise.

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