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Issues we might discuss in workshop, tales from the classroom…

Branching Points – A Fork in the Road

By Barbara McCarthy There have been many forks in the road in my life – college, marriage, divorce, buying a house and condo, retiring, national events, etc. But taking Guided Autobiography in the spring of 2022 is the most significant. … Continue reading

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Upcoming workshops in Fall 2022

I believe in the power of story—to entertain, to teach, to heal. That’s why I publish this blog–and why I teach writing workshops. In my workshops, I take my writers through a curriculum of discussions about the craft of writing, … Continue reading

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Big news regarding “First ___day, First Person”, my salon for memoir writers

You may wonder where the stories you read on “True Stories, Well Told,” come from. The answer is–many of them, I hear read by fellow reminiscence writers, at the monthly salon I offer. “First Monday, First Person” has been an … Continue reading

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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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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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Join me and Story Circle Network for “Refresh Your Expressive Writing Skills”, 4 Thursday afternoons in June

I have a new workshop offered by Story Circle Network starting June 3rd, titled “Refresh Your Expressive Writing Skills.” We’ll talk about writing effective sentences and paragraphs, review the most common grammar problems, and brush up on essay writing skills. … Continue reading

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Expressive Writing: Part 3 of 3

I have a new workshop offered by Story Circle Network starting June 3rd, titled “Refresh Your Expressive Writing Skills.” We’ll talk about writing effective sentences and paragraphs, review the most common grammar problems, and brush up on essay writing skills. … Continue reading

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Expressive Writing: Part 2 of 3

I have a new workshop offered by Story Circle Network starting June 3rd, titled “Refresh Your Expressive Writing Skills.” We’ll talk about writing effective sentences and paragraphs, review the most common grammar problems, and brush up on essay writing skills. … Continue reading

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Expressive Writing: Part 1 of 3

I have a new workshop offered by Story Circle Network starting June 3rd, titled “Refresh Your Expressive Writing Skills.” We’ll talk about writing effective sentences and paragraphs, review the most common grammar problems, and brush up on essay writing skills. … Continue reading

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Bring a little light to your winter with a writing workshop

If I’d known earlier how much joy teaching brings into my life, my career trajectory might have been something quite different. But I didn’t want to be the apple that falls not far from the tree–many of my mother’s people … Continue reading

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