A draft helps you organize your work and get your thoughts down on paper.

Before you start writing:

  • Review the notes or tape recording of the interview
  • Think about what you learned from the person.
  • Include the details that you think are the most interesting.
  • Make a list of ideas you want to be sure and include in your final paper. These ideas will serve as your main ideas.
  • Highlight notes and quotes that support the ideas you choose.
As you write:
  • Focus on information and allow your ideas to flow freely.
  • Don't worry about grammar, spelling, and punctuation. You will correct your work later on.

A good oral history draft includes:

  • all your thoughts
  • as many details as possible
  • complete thoughts and ideas
  • enough information to turn into a final version

Print this worksheet to help you write your draft.