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Patricia Charpentier’s Biography

Patricia Charpentier, author of the multi-award-winning book Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time teaches, writes, edits, ghostwrites, and publishes personal and family history. She is a popular speaker who, since 1999, has helped hundreds of people write the most important stories of their lives. Patricia offers live workshops and ongoing courses, including programs that utilize videos, one-on-one coaching, group Q&A calls, and more to help people succeed in writing the story of a lifetime. Patricia has coauthored, edited, and published more than sixty books. She lives in Orlando with her golf-loving husband Bob and enjoys enjoys dancing for exercise, but she is grateful for the motto of the studio: There are no mistakes, only solos.

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Client Testimonials

Everything Patricia presents is magic; I’m a superfan!

Gerry Swann

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Floridas Authors and Publisher Association 2015 Founders Award Recipient
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Noteworthy Presentations

  • The Villages Enrichment Academy Instructor – 2018, 2019
  • Florida Writers Association Annual Conference – 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018
  • Florida Authors & Publishers Association – 2016-2018
  • Association of Personal Historians International Conference – 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Lifelong learning instructor for Rollins College, Stetson University, University of Central Florida – 2013-2016
  • More than twenty annual presentations to civic, religious, writing, and genealogy groups

Media interview, articles, etc.

The Florida Writers Podcast – March 15, 2019 – view article
Marion Healthy Living “The Story of You” – November 2018 – //
Intersection – NPR affiliate WMFE – July 21, 2017 – //
Southwest: The Magazine – Summer 2017 – view article
A Better You Magazine – November 8, 2015 – view article
Growing Bolder Radio Show – July 21, 2012 – //
Growing Bolder Magazine – November/December 2013, page 28 – //
Story Circle Journal – Vol.17, Number 1 March 2013 – view article
Storyical: The Podcast with Peta Roberts – July 2018 – listen to podcast

Books by Patricia Charpentier

Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time

Eating an Elephant encourages people to write their personal and family histories for the people they love and guides them through the sometimes daunting process of transferring life’s experiences onto paper.  (download this book description)

I Remember: Fifty Prompts to Write Your Life Story

This book by Patricia Charpentier is designed to help people write their life stories. Patricia shares fifty of the most popular prompts from her monthly writing workshops and encourages the reader to mentally revisit favorite childhood places, memorable days, special people, sounds of the morning, etc.

Five-Year Journal Six Colors #2

Five-Year Journal

A fast, easy way to write your life…

Record your day’s events, thoughts, feelings, and such in this sturdy, hardback-bound journal. The top of each page displays the month and day and provides six ruled, quarter-inch lines for each of the five years.