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About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.

The Underpants

By Katie Ravich  I wrote this piece during a writing workshop given by Lynda Barry. The first step was to write about a memorable object. This appears in the third paragraph of this piece. The memorable object was a pair … Continue reading

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I Am Curious…. Orange

The Irish celebrate their St. Patrick today, and everyone who likes anything about Ireland will raise a glass of green beer, sing along to a lilting ditty or two, and romance the history of the oppressed. As a descendant of a Belfast Scotsman, I always find … Continue reading

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To improve your writing, get specific

My memoir writing workshop spring season starts up this week. (If South Madison is convenient for you, there are still a few seats in the house for Thursday 6:00-7:45, 8-week workshop.) I will share some writing tips here to complement the workshop … Continue reading

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Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Three years ago I blogged here about my personal connection to International Women’s Day. What started as a Socialist political event has evolved into a a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements–in Europe, anyway. USA–not so much. Let’s change that! I … Continue reading

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The Dawn Wall and the Sunset Wall

By Sarah White Earlier this winter I was captivated by the exploits of two young men free-climbing the south face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, known as the Dawn Wall. After 19 days on the mountain, Tommy Caldwell and … Continue reading

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Innovation Ate My Craft

By Sarah White There was a time when “layout” was considered a skill and I was adept at it. Then innovation ate my craft. As a layout artist, I could take someone’s images and words and make them into camera-ready … Continue reading

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Why should you write your family history?

  A recent article posted by the New York Public Library got me thinking about the many reasons writing our stories is important. I introduced this question at a memoir writing workshop last spring, and my writers’ answers surprised me. They fell … Continue reading

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