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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.

4 Ways to Develop Better Writing Habits in 2019

By Desiree Villena To quote a line from Charles Duhigg’s famous book, The Power of Habit:“There’s nothing you can’t do if you get the habits right.” And I couldn’t agree more. Human beings are creatures of habit — what we … Continue reading

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Halifax Redux

By Sarah White I’m taking a four-part self-guided workshop with Creative Nonfiction this month, titled “Playing with Patterns: Crafting the Braided & Collage Essays.” The intent is to draw us into examining the creative potential of juxtaposing themes through collage … Continue reading

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Cry Me A River

By Melodee Leven Currier After having writers’ block for several months, while driving to an appointment I asked my angels to give me a sign about what I should write for my next article.   My thoughts quickly darted to one … Continue reading

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Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety” and the Rolling Now

By Sarah White While staying at Windhorse Farm leading a writing retreat in Nova Scotia in May, I ran into an old friend—Crossing to Safety,Wallace Stegner’s 1987 novel and one of my favorite books of all time. I began reading … Continue reading

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Paris and Christmas Holidays

By Suzy Beal This is the 12th episode of a travel memoir that is unfolding, one chapter each month, here on True Stories Well Told. Stay tuned for more of the adventure as teenage Suzy’s family moves to Europe, builds … Continue reading

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Don’t Tempt Me

By Faith Ellestad Don’t tempt me.  You will be disappointed.  I think I am immune. Well, there were little things, like eating a caterpillar, sneaking down to the neighborhood deli, drinking Ripple with my brother, but I’m just not a … Continue reading

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Frank Dreams Big

By Sarah White In 1998 I began taking Italian conversation classes at the Italian Workingman’s Club on Regent Street, on Madison’s near-west side. In the class I met Frank. He lived not far from me on the east side, so … Continue reading

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