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Me@20: Trial by Firelight

We pause in the True Stories Well Told “Season of Sports” to celebrate the Association of Personal Historians‘ 20th anniversary with a “Me@20″ post. Around the world, personal historians are blogging and posting to social media, reminiscing about our life … Continue reading

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The Stronger Women Get, The More Men Love Football

Every time I stumble on a line of inquiry, I discover “there’s a book for that!” With the “Season of Sports” opening on True Stories Well Told, I went a-googling, and found The Stronger Women Get, The More Men Love Football: … Continue reading

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Competitive Sports

I’ve been thinking about competitive sports lately. It started with musings triggered by plans to go see the Mad Rollin’ Dolls with a few of my fearless, peerless writer friends, with hopes of blogging about the experience. (We’re doing a … Continue reading

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Tricks memory plays…

My memoir writing workshop spring season continues…  and so does my learning and growing, because I get as much from my students as they (I hope) get from me. In class we’ve been discussing the tricks memory plays on us. … Continue reading

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Archie Smith

By Doug Elwell This piece was written in response to the prompt “characters I have known.” Doug describes it as creative nonfiction: “Each of the characters are real. The setting is real. Dialogue is in the voice of the characters … Continue reading

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Early Memories

A writer in one of my memoir classes a couple of years ago posed an interesting writing prompt from her  training as a psychologist: “Recover three of your earliest memories with a feeling attached—then ask your immediate family to do … 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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