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Speaking Out

Patricia Charpentier, author of the award-winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, encourages and inspires hundreds of people each year to write their personal and family histories. She offers fun, lively workshops and presentations that give people the tools needed to write those all-important stories before it is too late. To request information about having Patricia visit your group, click here



A sampling of Patricia’s presentations and workshops:

  • Get Started Writing Your Life Story Bring Your Ancestors to Life
  • Spiritual Memoir
  • Your Life Story in Photographs
  • How to Write a Story
  • Don’t Force Your Descendants to Research You
  • Writing a Journey Story
  • Your Life in Lists
  • So You’ve Finished Writing—Now What?
  • Mapping Your Story
  • The Characters of Your Life
  • Many Approaches to Write Your Family’s History
  • Self-Publishing Your Life Story
  • Reading Like a Writer
  • Journal Writing
  • Make Your Story Shine
  • Variety of topics on the craft of writing, including editing, detail and description, strong sentences, setting, dialogue, scenes, transitions, pre-writing, titles, plot/tension/suspense and many more

Some of the groups Patricia has addressed:

  • Florida State Genealogical Society Conference
  • Florida Writers Association State Conference
  • Florida Writers Association Mini-Conference
  • ArtsFest by United Arts of Central Florida
  • University of Central Florida L.I.F.E.
  • Orange County, Winter Park, Iberia Parish and St. Mary Parish Libraries
  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Genealogy groups in Jacksonville, Boca Raton, Dade City, Daytona, South Brevard, Orlando and elsewhere
  • Florida Writers Association chapters in Orlando, Maitland, Longwood and elsewhere
  • Winter Park Junior League
  • Pine Castle Women’s Club
  • Orlando Lutheran Towers
  • Media on Main Bookstore, Sarasota, Florida
  • Roth Jewish Community Center
  • Many churches and organizations

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