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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.

Next Avenue Published My Essay!

While I was pursuing my Big MFA Adventure, learning to write a commercially-publishable book and build my platform to resemble that of a commercially-publishable author, we were encouraged to submit for publication. It didn’t matter what we submitted–book reviews, articles … Continue reading

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Memories of “Little Brother”

By Patricia LaPointe Writing outside, a memory floats away and lands on a wind chime. It attaches so strongly that it clings to the words on it, creating an imprint: Nick Romito, 1951-2016 Although he was less than three years … Continue reading

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The Algebra Cheaters

By Marlene B. Samuels At home, during dinner, I sit next to my father at the kitchen table. I tell him about my cheater classmates, about the ways in which they write on their arms, how much it disturbs me … Continue reading

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Madagascar, 1967

By Marg Sumner No one has ever accused me of traveling light. In August 1967 I deplaned in Madison, Wisconsin, carrying a train case, which every proper female traveler had in those days, but somewhere along the line I lost … Continue reading

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My Circle of Life

By Elise Brooks I had waited and waited, bringing up a family of my own first. Finally, at age forty, it was happening… Mesmerizing pictures of animals and breathtaking scenery fill my screen as I scroll gazing in awe. I … Continue reading

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Travel Musings

I have just recently begun to allow myself to dream of real live travel again. In fact, I’ve put down a deposit on a tour of Italy next fall through Viaggi di Gusto. Will I go? Or will this be … Continue reading

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Finding Sanctuary in Turbulent Times

By Seth Kahan Periodically I head to the wilderness with my dog, just the two of us, to clear my head and allow deeper stirrings to emerge. Alone in Nature, with a capital N, I have been able to find … Continue reading

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If You Give the Old Folks a New Trailer…

By Joan Connor I happily bicycle up to my trailer, climb the three fold up steps, fix a meatloaf sandwich and wonder if I will go home tomorrow. Home to a house that holds me hostage to my stuff. Is … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

This morning I invite you to revisit a post I published here on March 8, 2012, about my personal connection to International Women’s Day.    

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The Grief Compactor

By Sarah White My best friend died.  It’s that simple, just a dull, dumb fact.  She passed on May 1, 2020, of a cancer detected so late she—and I—and her sister—barely had six weeks to get from “oh no!” through … Continue reading

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