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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 Post Office Truck (conclusion)

By Diane Hughes The story continues from this previous post. Diane and Glenn have completed renovations to turn their Post Office Truck into a unique mobile home base, allowing them to join in the peripatetic 1960s hippie culture.   For most of a year, … Continue reading

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The Last Soldier

Tune in next week for the concluding chapter of Diane Hughes’ The Post Office Truck. In the meantime, in honor of Veteran’s Day, I offer this short creative essay by Doug Elwell, who holds the honor of being the most … Continue reading

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The Post Office Truck

By Diane Hughes When I met Glenn, he was young businessman running an employment agency. I was a hippie who needed a job. In those days the distance between those two worlds seemed immense. I purchased a very conservative dress … Continue reading

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Return from #APH2015

I spent the last week in Sacramento at the Association of Personal Historians‘ annual board meeting and conference. It was a week that looked a lot like this… and like this… and from wherever I happened to be, like this… … Continue reading

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It’s time to “Throw me somethin’, Mister!”

Mardi Gras may be nowhere near, but that traditional call from the crowds to the krewes is going out from True Stories Well Told. It is not “throws” I seek, not gaudy plastic jewelry or toys, but your stories, true … Continue reading

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Finding “The Once”–advice from Alan Gelb, author of Having the Last Say

As a writing coach, I have found myself focusing more and more on encouraging people to GO SMALL. Keep it concrete, specific, situated in  one uninterrupted run of time. Give us one moment that stands for the larger whole, one afternoon in your mother’s … Continue reading

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

The second anniversary of my salon for memoir writers, “First Monday, First Person” is coming up on October 5th. The fifth anniversary of True Stories Well Told is coming up at the end of 2015. This has put me in a … Continue reading

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