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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.

Jack Valenti – Six Degrees of Separation

By Cam French In 1990 I was employed as executive personal assistant to Barry Hirsch, an  entertainment attorney and power broker to the rich and famous. The same talented folk who populate the headlines of newspapers and tabloids alike. This … Continue reading

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A New Book Is Born!

By Sarah White Books are like babies, as far as my experience goes (which includes birthing a few books of my own and midwifing quite a few others, but no babies). How so? The publishing process takes about 9 months … Continue reading

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Second Day on the Farm

By Joshua Feyen In November, 1976 my parents purchased a 140-acre farm with pastures, woods and cropland situated on top of the rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin’s driftless region. The day after the closing and unloading everything into house, my … Continue reading

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Becoming a Grown Up

By Sarah White This was written in response to the Madison Moth StorySlam prompt “Grown”. I took that in the sense of “grown up.” The format of the Moth is spoken word, so imagine me telling this to an audience, … Continue reading

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Things that Go Grrrr

By Marlene Samuels Note, Marlene assures me that 1) this is a true memory, confirmed with her siblings, and 2) her parents are not the type who would ever scare their children for fun. Draw what conclusions you will. – … Continue reading

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Bee-lieve It!

By Seth Kahan This essay recently appeared in Seth’s “Monday Morning Mojo” e-newsletter. In my thirties, I trained in search and rescue and got my Wilderness First Responder certificate, the industry standard for professional guides and trip leaders. I was … Continue reading

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A word, any word…

By Suzy Beal Something strange has been happening here in my home lately. The communication between my husband and me has been falling apart. At first, I thought it was because we just weren’t paying attention to each other. Then … Continue reading

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The Weird Girl 

By Patricia LaPointe Up until the age of twelve, I lived in the city. Twelve-year-old city girls still wore ponytails, played indoor and outdoor games, and dressed in pedal pushers and t-shirts.  Before I was to enter the seventh grade, … Continue reading

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Hush Grandma!

By Roberta (Bobbie) Johnson My grandfather, a prankster, was a kind and loving man, good-natured and playful.  In my mother’s memoirs of her childhood, most all her memories are of him. Very little mention is made of Grandma.   She was strong, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grammar for a Full Life: How the Ways We Shape a Sentence Can Limit or Enlarge Us

By Sarah White Who would believe that a book about grammar could be fun, delightful, and thought-provoking? Lawrence Weinstein’s Grammar for a Full Life is all that. Weinstein doesn’t just want to us straight about a number of English’s famously … Continue reading

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