Where I’m From (A Writing Exercise)

September 17, 2011 · 50 comments

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This “Where I’m From” writing template was found here, but I believe this may be the original author. We used the template in the writing breakout session at the SITS Bloggy Boot Camp. Fill in the spaces and make the poem unique to your own life. Examples I love found here and here.

The WHERE I’M FROM Template

I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.

I am from the _______ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail).

I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)

I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).

I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).

From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I’m from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).

From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).

I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).

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Angel September 19, 2011 at 7:05 am

OH OH I am about to do this, cause I need something different from the same old carnivals to get back in the swing of things..

Angel September 19, 2011 at 7:57 am
Michelle September 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

I absolutely loved doing this at the writing session of BBC. Mine is posted at: http://www.soldiersinpetticoats.com/2011/09/19/where-im-from/

Louise Calvert September 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I love this prompt! I did one in the summer, and it’s one of the things I’ve most enjoyed writing.

It’s like taking a journey back in time…

(mine’s very British, so some of the references might not translate too well)

Adventuresindinner September 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

So cool. Can I just say again how much I love these challenges? Working on this week’s now.

Adventures In Babywearing September 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I just LOVE this writing prompt/template. Thank you for linking to mine, too!


Jayme September 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I loved doing this! It took a lot of thought… I’d posted it awhile back


Mrs. Weber September 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

I really enjoyed this prompt. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Mama!


Jennifer September 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

This was an interesting experience. It did help me remember some of the nicer parts of childhood. I think I much prefer Where I Am Now though.


Kir September 21, 2011 at 6:59 am

I loved it so much I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about what to write. I have put my up already. :)

Laurie Ann September 21, 2011 at 7:56 am
jenn marie September 21, 2011 at 8:37 am

Totally just published mine!! That was a GREAT prompt!! thank you SO MUCH for sharing it!!

Pam September 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

It took me a couple of days, but I finally got mine completed! I’ll post it tomorrow!

Grams September 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I absolutely love, love, love this prompt. Here’s mine http://gramsmadeit.blogspot.com/2011/09/where-im-from.html.

Tina September 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Here’s my attempt–I had a lot of fun doing it!


NJ @ A Pocket Full Of Dinosaurs September 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I had so much fun with this one! I tweaked it a bit to go with the flow of what I was feeling but LOVED the inspiration and template! I can’t wait to read some of the others, what a fun creative way to get to know someone!


MJ September 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

Just popped my writing prompt cherry, after seeing the awesome one that a friend wrote. It was fun, thanks!

Raine September 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

This was more difficult than I thought it would be: http://www.pursuitpeace.com/2011/07/where-i-am-from.html

Sophie Whitley Flavell September 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Fantastic to read others work, I have really enjoyed doing this. It’s difficult as I was raised in two countries so feel I am from both. Anyway, here’s my link….



Darlene @ Life On The Franco Farm September 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I am now a weepy mess. Thanks for this prompt. The perfect task for a rainy afternoon sans kids.


Diane September 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Wow, pretty cool to read everyone else’s awesome posts!


skoots1mom September 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm
Naila Moon September 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Hello Mama Kat,
This is the first time that I am posting something from one of your prompts. This one spoke to me. I hope you like it!
~Naila Moon


Crystal September 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

This is also my first time writing from your prompts. It was a surprisingly emotional experience! Thank you for the walk down memory lane!

Jackie September 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Wow.. this was soooooo fun!!! I’ve never done anything like this before, but I really enjoyed the nostalgia :) Thanks for such an awesome post!


Military Travel Mama September 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I loved doing this. So glad I found your site!

Tracy P. September 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I want to make a family book for my siblings. This would be an awesome thing to include in the title page with “We are from…” Now if I could just buckle down and get it done for Christmas!!

Jennifer September 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

I enjoyed this a lot. Thank you for posting this prompt. http://mastonmadhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/where-im-from.html

Sandwiched Writer October 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

Hello, Mom Kat.

First time employing one of your prompts. Loved it!


Sandwiched Writer October 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

Oh, and I wrote it last week (before the deadline).

Raquelita October 3, 2011 at 4:37 am

I just came over to your site from a blogger who had done this writing exercise. What a fun prompt!

Tracy P. November 8, 2011 at 8:24 am

OK, I am slower than molasses, but I wanted to thank you for posting this. I finally did it, and it was really a blessing. So are you!

My version here.

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