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Listen Up: The Art of Personal History Interviewing by Paula Stahel

Paula Stahel is a personal historian and the author of Listen Up!: The Art of Interviewing for Personal History, which she self-published in 2013 just in time for the Association of Personal Historians conference, where I purchased a copy. Paula … Continue reading

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Send me your travel essays

Let’s celebrate spring with some vicarious wanderlust! For the next couple of months, I will feature travel essays from my life and others’ — that is, if you send me something! My life as a traveler began with a family … Continue reading

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New workshops scheduled for Spring-Summer 2014

Check out my “Upcoming Workshops” page here for info on… “A Celebration of Writing” – Replacing the May “First Monday, First Person” Salon, this event begins at 6pm with light refreshments. Monday May 5th, 6pm – 8pm. For Personal Historians: Write Your Travel Memoirs … Continue reading

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David Brooks on “What Suffering Does”

I’m preparing to teach next week on writing to heal, a subject on which my thoughts have yet to settle into a “set piece.” A couple of months back I posted about Jessica Handler’s book Braving the Fire, an excellent guide to writing … Continue reading

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Finding Where to Start

This story takes place 35 years ago almost to the day. Join us for First Monday First Person, my memoir writers’ salon, at the Goodman South Madison Branch Library on Monday, April 7th at 6pm. – – – In 1978, my … Continue reading

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Surviving the Kalahari

By Katie Ravich  There is a poster in one of the miles of “skywalks” in the Kalahari entertainment complex in the Wisconsin Dells that says “The only kind of fun at the Kalahari is huge fun.” The ironic potential of … Continue reading

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The Task at Hand

By Kalyanii Kalyani is one of the more than 70 women whose essays appear in What She Said, a Madison-area story collection published by A Fund For Women to celebrate its  20th anniversary. These are the stories of Women on a Mission to improve the … Continue reading

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The City of Light and Dark

By Susan Daugherty   At age 18 I found myself wandering around Paris, wondering what I was doing there.  I had just flunked out of college after my freshman year and was sent away in disgrace in hopes that something … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day

Two years ago I blogged here about my personal connection to International Women’s Day. I invite you to revisit that post… …and listen to Peter Gabriel’s “Shakin’ the Tree” as you read. -Sarah White Or here’s one you won’t hear … Continue reading

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About Writing “Mountain Girls”: An Interview with Stephanie Kadel Taras

Stephanie is my  friend and colleague in the Association of Personal Historians. In this interview she reflects on writing Mountain Girls, her memoir published in 2013. Last week I posted an excerpt here on True Stories Well Told. Sarah: What got you started on this … Continue reading

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