I believe in the power of telling our personal and family stories. These are our heroes' journeys and by telling them we honor ourselves and the people we have come from.
Stories have always played an important role in my life. I grew up in a three-generation home with paternal grandparents who lived upstairs. I heard tales of my extended family and their history recounted by the family storyteller, my mémère Ledoux. These stories were a food to my soul. I could not get enough of them and often preferred listen to her to going out to play.
I have taught high school English, Latin, French, and History. I have also taught Franco studies at the university level and have been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities on the subjects of cultural diversity and Franco North American culture and history.
I began writing as a short story writer, drawing on family characters, settings, and stories for my fiction. In 1989, I won the Maine Fiction Award for Mountain Dance & Other Stories. My other titles include What Became of Them and Other Stories from Franco-America, and Lives in Translation: An Anthology of Contemporary Franco-American Writings (which I edited).
It was a natural leap from my own family stories to helping others to record their stories in well-written accounts that apply all the techniques of fiction writing to autobiography, family reminiscence, and scrapbooking.
In 1996, I was honored as Lifewriting Professional of the Year by the Association of Personal Historians.
Today, I continue to work as a writer, educator, teacher, autobiography co-author, memoir-writing coach, editor and publisher. I direct the Soleil Lifestory Network, an international group of lifestory writing teachers who use my method and materials to lead the popular Turning Memories® and Photo Scribe® workshops and programs.
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Memoir Writing Maps
Memoir Writing Maps will help the reader to quickly access the pertinent, detailed memories needed to write vivid and complete lifestories. They will also learn proven strategies to link and catalog memories to make a dynamic source of the details and meaning that will make a memoir (and its characters) come alive.
How to Add Stories to Your Photo Albums
How to Add Stories to Your Photo Albums/ Photo Scribe Your Scrapbooks gives a quick introduction to making sure pictures saved in scrapbooks tell more of the story of one's life. Tips and techniques included in this book help take photo albums beyond what is visible in the images.
Don't Let Writer's Block Stop You
Don't Let Writer's Block Stop You can assist writers when they feel they have lost their momentum and need a little more to get their writing back on track. This book offers exercises, tips, and tricks that are sure to help.
Your Memoir: Getting Started, Keeping Going
Your Memoir: Get Started is full of proven ideas and approaches to successfully move you from wanting to write to producing the finished family stories or memoirs you know will be a treasured legacy for your children and grandchildren.
Jumpstart Your Memoir Business Success
Jumpstart Your Memoir Business is a book that helps Memoir Professionals establish sound business practices so that they will be able to continue in this important work while reaping the financial and emotional rewards it offers.
A Consumer’s Guide to Ghostwriting Services
You don't have to be a writer to create an interesting and meaningful memoir. Within A Consumer’s Guide to Ghostwriting Services, you will learn all about working with a ghostwriter or co-writer.
The Memory List Question Book
The Memory List Question Book is chock full of questions. It includes some of the most useful questions you can ask yourself as you write about your own life or your subject's life. This book will direct you to recover information that will make your lifestories accurate and vivid.
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