Why Write Your Life Story ?

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Funny you should ask, this is why I got started:

When I was in my twenties, my mother handed me a copy of our family tree that dated back to 1648 when my ancestors came from France to settle in an area known as “Acadie,” now Nova Scotia. “That’s nice,” I replied and put the papers away in a drawer.

In a move some twenty years later, I came across the yellowed sheets held together by a rusty staple. Looking at the names and tracing the path down to my own name, I now longed to know more about the people whose births, marriages and deaths were listed before me. Unfortunately, by that time, all those who held pieces of our family story were long gone. I missed my opportunity. My ancestors’ stories died with them.


Since then I’ve devoted much time and effort to helping others avoid the mistake I made, assisting them in preserving their stories for themselves and their families.

Through ghostwriting memoirs on behalf of others, co-authoring, editing and teaching, I have assisted hundreds of people in creating a written legacy for their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and generations to come.

I hold an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Central Florida and a B.A. in journalism from Louisiana State University and have worked as a memoirist, writing coach, editor, writing instructor, journalist and photographer.


  1. I want to write some stories and try to get them in order.

  2. Carolyn (" Caroline") Crawford says:

    This is just what I’ve been looking for.! I look forward to meeting you and being in your classes.
    I’ve relocated from Houston and still use my Houston-based cell phone number as well as my Houston billing address so having told you this I hope I clear up any potential confusion.
    See you at class.

    • Patricia says:

      Hi Carolyn. I’m so glad you found us. We have a great group of people who love to have a good time and write great stories. You’ll fit right in. I’m from South Louisiana, so I’ve spent a good bit of time in Houston. Welcome to Florida.

  3. Robina murphy says:

    Check in the mail 4 Sept. 8 workshop.

  4. Danielle Bailey says:

    Hi Patricia,
    I want to Thank you again for all your help. It was a pleasure to finally meet you. My mother and I truly enjoyed your class! We look forward to seeing you in the next class.
    Warm regards,

  5. Writing has changed my life in a wonderful way. I owe everything to Patricia and her class.

    Thanks group!

    I love you all

  6. Sudipto Dutta says:

    I loved ur class mam.. :) I want to Thank you for ur all help.
    Warm regards
    Sudipto ( india )

  7. Suni V. Perez says:

    Too bad the bus and train system aren’t better in this area. I would love to meet with a group writing their family autobiographies, but I can travel no further than the Ocala bus system allows. One thing is true. I know most of the family stories, because I asked both my Father and Mother plenty of questions and took notes before they traveled on the the Great Beyond. I took care of both of them until they died at the ages of 94 and 92.

    My father was born in Manhattan, but his ancestors were from Northern Spain. He had two mistresses: one was an Assistant School Principal and the other an exotic Hindu Dancer, who became famous enough to be listed as a performer. There was plenty of intrigue in our family; as you might guess, Mother and I were allies, and when we moved from New York to Florida, we still had friends up north to assist us in the battle against the mistresses.

    Father and his own mother were also combatants. She tried to influence the Head of His Department at Brooklyn College to increase his salary so he could pay her more, and put him in danger of being fired. To get her to stop, he took her to Court in hopes the Judge would slap an injunction on her. I doubt there wasn’t a single decade where something like this wasn’t going on.

    One way or another, I do plan to write the family biography and have currently started with a time line. I have drawers full of old correspondence to fill in the details.

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