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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.

It’s Mardi Gras–that means it’s time to “Throw me somethin’, Mister!”

It’s Mardi Gras and the parades are back in New Orleans. What’s that got to do with “True Stories, Well Told”? It means my tradition continues. I mark this season by inviting readers like you to “Throw me somethin’, Mister.” But … Continue reading

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John Lewis Lights Our Way

By Jeremiah Cahill Currently, there’s a bill in the United States Senate, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This proposed legislation would restore parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the United States Supreme … Continue reading

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Follow the Naked Guy (Part 3 of 3)

By Joshua Feyen Click here to read the first two posts in this three-part story. I stopped to ask Jay about his time in the Hotel. We walked for a while in silence, and then he shared how frustrated he … Continue reading

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Follow the Naked Guy (Part 2 of 3)

By Joshua Feyen Click here to read the first post in this three-part story. I explored a couple more hotel rooms, rifled through a suitcase full of trinkets and more letters, climbed into a wardrobe and discovered it had a … Continue reading

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Follow the Naked Guy (Part 1 of 3)

By Joshua Feyen We arrived at 7:30 p.m. for our 8 o’clock entry, and shivered in line for 20 minutes on a dark and wintry New York City side street in Chelsea. The line moved, and we were grateful to … Continue reading

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The Center of our Universe

By Suzy Beal We went to the kitchen with our cuts, our slivered fingers, our bruised knees, and our tears. Our first-aid station dominated by Mom as she administrated iodine, bandages, and a soft word. We found solace, pain relief, … Continue reading

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Guided Autobiography: The Magic of Small-Group Reminiscence Writing

By Sarah White In 2004, I was deep into pivoting my work (and life) from being a freelance business writer toward personal history work. I tried out several methods for helping people capture, preserve, and share their life stories. Oral … Continue reading

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Keep the Stories, Lose the Stuff?

By Sarah White I went to Italy. I turned 65. I came back feeling my life didn’t fit as comfortably as it had. The urge for change had been sparked. However, any change I could envision brought a chain of … Continue reading

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“Dying for Attention: A Graphic Memoir of Nursing Home Care” by Susan MacLeod (part 2 of 2)

By Sarah White Last week, I posted my review of Susan MacLeod’s excellent graphic memoir. Now, I follow up with this interview with Susan. It gave me great pleasure to talk with her about the process of creating her book. … Continue reading

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“Dying for Attention: A Graphic Memoir of Nursing Home Care” by Susan MacLeod (part 1 of 2)

By Sarah White I met Susan MacLeod, author of Dying For Attention, when my Big MFA Adventure began in 2017 with a residency on the campus of the University of King’s College in Halifax. Every student in this MFA-Creative Nonfiction … Continue reading

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