If you live in the areas of Amelia Island, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and surrounding locales or if you need an excuse to stay in one of Fernandina Beach’s amazing B&Bs, make a plan to join me for one or both of my appearances there in August.

Monday, August 14th from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., I’ll be at The Book Loft, 214 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach where I’ll show you how to write the life story you want to capture. You’ll discover ways to retrieve memories, organize your stories, put your experiences on paper, and much more. Knock the ninth-grade English teacher with the bloody red pen off your shoulder and know that the only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all!

Registration is only $35 and includes a copy of my multi-award-winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time. Invite your friends and family for this fun and lively workshop. For more information or to register, contact Christy at The Book Loft, 904-261-8991, or email her at the.bookloft@aol.com.

Then, after you’ve learned how to write your life story on Monday morning, why not join me Tuesday evening where you can hear about capturing your family’s history as well. At that time, I’ll address the Amelia Island Genealogical Society and discuss one of the most popular approaches to sharing genealogical information—the journey story.

Learn how to combine your genealogical adventures and experiences with information you’ve gathered about your ancestors through research. Include personal anecdotes and memories to shape an interesting family history story as you master the microfilm machine, hit brick walls, solve mysteries, and revel in finds on your journey to know those who have gone before you.

The monthly Amelia Island Genealogical Society meeting happens at the Nassau County Library, 25 North Fourth Street in Fernandina Beach and is free and open to all who wish to attend.

Now doesn’t that sound like a great excuse to spend a couple of days in one of my favorite little towns? I already know of one gentleman from Sebring, Florida, who is doing just that. Join me, and let’s stroll down the tree-lined streets of Fernandina Beach, talk more about writing, and maybe cool off with a scoop of yummy ice cream.

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