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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.

Me and Marching Bands

By Sarah White Forward Marching Band at the Orton Park Festival, August 2021, Madison Wisconsin In the 1960s, a high school stood behind our house in Carmel, Indiana, separated from our yard by a chain link fence. Beyond the fence … Continue reading

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 Only One Shoe

By Patricia LaPointe You awaken to see the alarm clock with its bright red numbers. It’s 2:00 AM. You walk the halls  and check each of your daughters’ rooms to be sure they’ve all returned home. One daughter is missing. … Continue reading

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By Mona Jean Harley Wednesday, March 17, 2021. I am feeling such nostalgia and wonder today as I reflect on the significance of Wednesday connections today and throughout the years. I’m working from home today, the one day per week … Continue reading

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Braided Essay: Silverwood Park Responds to Dane County Parks Hours, Rules, & Information

By Sarah White In my writing, I’ve begun to play around with patterns; one is the Braided Essay, a form that invites the weaving of a personal narrative with outside information that takes on more resonance as the essay unfolds. … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect

By Faith Ellestad College just wasn’t my thing. Come to think of it, neither was high school. My brother, one year older, was a focused, stellar student and valedictorian of his high school class. An unenthusiastic student and younger sister, … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Rug

By Kaye Ketterer Round and round she walks while saying, “come on Mua Mua, follow me. Stay on the track.” This is often a scene when my granddaughter Elena is at my house. She uses the braided rug in my … Continue reading

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My Father: The Farmer In His Dell

By Kurt Baumann People familiar with Sherlock Holmes stories may not know that he had a brother. Only devoted fans know his brother, Mycroft, seven years older than Sherlock, had superior powers of deduction, but was unsuited for detective work … Continue reading

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Truth Or Lie?

By Marlene B. Samuels “Mom, what happened to your breast?” the girl asked periodically when she was a child. She became ever more persistent as she was maturing and gaining a natural awareness of her own female attributes. “The S.S. … Continue reading

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Leila, Lost and Found

 By Mary Ellen Gambutti In 1957, at age six, I learned from my adoptive parents about the “lost ones” whom I might never meet. My worry and wondering peaked at forty with anxiety that would only be quelled by knowing.  On … Continue reading

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Person or Persons of Interest

By Faith Ellestad Australia had come to the Milwaukee Zoo in the summer of 1984, and there was no way our kids were going to miss the opportunity to see the koala. As it was on loan for only a … Continue reading

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