Write Your Life Story

Do you have a life-based story you want to share but don’t know where to start? Do you desire to preserve your family’s stories for future generations? Do you dream that one day you might take the stories that live in your heart and mind and move them onto the page?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Write Your Life Story Workshop might be just the nudge you need to take that important first step. Or maybe you’ve already begun writing your story—once, twice, maybe ten times—and now, you’re stuck. Don’t feel bad. It happens to everyone. Maybe, you’ve never had a thought about writing your life story, but it suddenly sounds like a good idea.

Join me, Monday, August 14th from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at The Book Loft, 214 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. There I will show you how to write the life story you want to tell. During our time together, you’ll discover ways to retrieve memories, organize your stories, put your experiences on paper, and much more.

Everyone has a story to tell. So, what’s yours? Learn ways to recount the tale only you can tell. 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!

This workshop is open to everyone. Registration is $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 The Book Loft, 904-261-8991, or email them at the.bookloft@aol.com.

Let me help you take the next step toward starting and finishing your life story.


Your Journey Story

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. If that sounds interesting, join me Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. as I address the Amelia Island Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting at the Nassau County Library, 25 North Fourth Street in Fernandina Beach.

A journey story is one of the most popular approaches to writing family history. Learn how to combine your genealogical adventures and experiences with information you’ve gathered about your ancestors through your research. Combine these stories with personal anecdotes and memories to shape an interesting family history story. Write yourself into the story and take your readers along as you master the microfilm machine, hit brick walls, solve mysteries, and revel in finds as you come to know those who have gone before you.

The journey story is the approach I used in writing Acadie to Acadiana, the history of my maternal Hebert clan as they traveled from France to Acadie, now Nova Scotia, in 1648 and ultimately ended up in South Louisiana, which is where my family remains to this day. I will share with you how I approached such a large project, what worked and what didn’t, and how you can write your own family saga.

My presentation to the Amelia Island Genealogical Society is free and open to everyone. You do not have to be a member to attend. I hope to see you there.



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