Memoir Tips

I am a huge proponent of writing your own memoir. My motto is: Everyone has a story to tell - and they should! Here you will find blogs filled with tips and encouragement for writing memoirs, and directly below is a handout of tips for how to get started. 

October 9, 2018

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May 3, 2017

It sounds trite to say, “I think of you often,” so how do you prove it? One way is to tell (or write) a story about them. My dear friend Sheri told me a story of how her dad demonstrated it. He traveled a lot for his work and was often away for several days at a time. They are not wealthy people and he traveled so often that gifts were not really an option – what to do? Sugar packets.

Nowadays, sweetener packets are all generic – white, pink or yellow depending on brand. When she was young and he...

April 30, 2017

Stories flutter around me like butterflies, darting around – each unique. I find storytelling is enjoyed by both the teller and the reader/listener. Over the past several years, I have become more and more passionate about everyone taking the time to write and share their stories. My motto is “Everyone has a story to tell — and they should.” I have taken a long and winding path to this point and plan to share some of the things I’ve learned along the way. Please join me for a casual excursion do...

April 28, 2017

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

 -The Dali Lama

Image - Cedarburg Memoir group: (from left to right) Shirley, Sue, Diane, Nancy (me!) and Tomi Fay

Stories cause ripples on the pond of life. Almost fifteen years ago my writing mentor, Diane, cast a pebble that continues to ripple. She started leading writing groups at The Guild, continuing education classes associated with UWM. She branched out and st...

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Handout: Storyteller 101 - How to Get Started

 “Everyone has a good story to tell … and it is up to you to share yours!”

Click on the Word document to download.

Nancy leads many senior storytelling groups and teaches memoir classes. Nancy was a 2014 cast member of the Milwaukee Listen to Your Mother show. She has a story...

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