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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.

A writing prompt from “Your Life as Story” by Tristine Rainer

My Amazon order history tells me I bought Your Life as Story: Discovering the “New Autobiography” and Writing Memoir as Literature by Tristine Rainer in 2004. That makes it about the oldest book in my “write your memoir” library, and … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Dance?

Thank you, Deb, for responding to my plea to “Throw me somethin’, Mister,” with a true New Orleans tale! By Deb Wilbrink Joanne and I arrived at Bourbon Street. We were teens come to the Big Easy on false pretenses … Continue reading

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

Mardi Gras is less than a month away, and the Carnival marching season begins even sooner. It’s time to “Throw me somethin’, Mister,” in the parlance of this amazing part of US culture. That traditional call from the crowds to … Continue reading

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Writing Challenge: Hippocampus Magazine contest, theme: “Keepsakes”

I’m committing to a personal challenge this season related to Semester 2 in the MFA-Creative Nonfiction program I’m pursuing: get some pieces published! It’s time to build what they call my author’s platform. Hippocampus Magazine has a contest on the … Continue reading

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By Ruchi Kahan In the hardest time of my life, when I almost died, my spirituality saved me. I lived on the streets of New Delhi, India, trying to survive alone starting when I was only four years old. I … Continue reading

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Watching Mildred

By Suzy Beal “Give it back to me! I won’t burn myself, I know how to do it.” “Mildred, let me do this for you. “No, give it to me, NOW” Her gnarled fingers are gripping the curling iron so … Continue reading

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Got “snapshot” memories? Try writing Flash Memoir.

Memories are frequently more like snapshots than movies. So why not apply the techniques of flash fiction to our own life stories? “Going small” allows us to focus on the moments in which life is truly lived, absorbing lessons that would be hard to … Continue reading

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