Author Archives: first person productions

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.

Family Holiday Recipe Blog Share

This week I’m happy to participate in a blog share with Catherine Lanser. I met Catherine this summer in a Remember to Write! memoir workshop I taught in summer 2019. We agreed on the topic of Family Holiday Recipe, inspired by … Continue reading

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Danger Growing

By Sarah White I wrote this in one of my memoir writing workshops in response to the prompt, “childhood danger.”   We slept in cribs with slats that could trap our heads, springs and latches that could pinch our fingers. … Continue reading

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Love Arrives

By Suzy Beal This is the 16th 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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Debt, Repaid

By Howard Tanzman   I had just returned from my father’s funeral when the landline phone rang. “Hello,” I answered. “Are you Howard and is your mother’s name, Pauline?” the caller asked. “Yes. And who is this?” “I’m your cousin,” … Continue reading

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A Very Fair Trade

By Howard Bowman I remember the exact moment. It occurred on the South Branch of the Oconto River a few miles south of Chute Pond in Northeastern Wisconsin. I was pushing 70 at the time. He was on the long … Continue reading

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A Love Story

By Ellen Magee Thirteen years ago, during the Willy Street Fair, I was collecting signatures on a petition standing on the corner of Willy Street and Ingersoll Street.  My son’s childhood karate teacher, Master Fields, walked over and said, “Weeell, … Continue reading

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The Things We Carried — To the Southern Foodways Alliance Fall Symposium

By Sarah White With apologies to Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried, a Vietnam war novel/memoir that I was reading while on this jaunt. Bold sentences are lifted from his opening pages and used as writing prompts. Soleil Ho, … Continue reading

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