First Person Productions
First Person Productions provides personal history services for individuals, families, businesses and communities — including books, interviews, workshops, and intergenerational programs.
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Memoir writing workshops:
In these workshops we explore different aspects of the writing craft. For each class meeting you will write a few pages on your life experiences. I suggest topics, but encourage you to write on whatever motivates you. Each class meeting includes time to share what you’ve written in a supportive environment. To enhance small-group interaction, enrollment is limited. Anyone age 14-114 is welcome to participate.
See my schedule of upcoming classes.
To register for any of these workshops, send me an e-mail.
“I am surprised the effect this writing class has on me. It makes my life seem more real and valuable.”
“I depend on the workshop for motivation to write.”
“I loved the chance to discuss each others’ stories.”
--(names withheld for confidentiality)
Writing: If you would like to write down your memories, I can coach you in the craft of autobiographical writing, either one-on-one or in small groups through my memoir workshops.
Interviewing: If you would like to preserve your stories through reminiscing rather than writing, I can listen. I am trained in eliciting comprehensive stories through interviews, which I record, transcribe, edit and sequence into your story, told in your own words.
Thought-provoking programs: If you would like a program on PersonalHistory for your community group or school, I can present a hands-on experience for young, old, or any group in between.
To find out more, please contact me.
More people are getting interested in preserving their memories in forms such as photography, audio and video recordings, scrapbooks, collections of family stories, and published books. At the same time, new technology such as short-run printing and DVD is expanding the possibilities for creating and distributing those memories. As a result, there is a growing business opportunity for professional services dedicated to preserving memories.
As my professional pursuits have drawn me in different directions, I have sought a way to bring my many skills "back under one umbrella." When I learned about this emerging field, I discovered my professional capabilities and my personal interests weaving together.
Through oral history work, I am weaving a greater width and depth into my life. I am looking beyond marketing/business issues to the larger narrative of American life. Because of my experience as an author, ghost-writer, and book designer, I am uniquely trained in the craft of Personal History.
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My life stories