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Write Your Travel Memoirs: 5 steps to transform your travel experiences into compelling essays
First Person Productions, 2010, 100 pages
For every trip there's a story. Start writing yours. This book will help you get started and stay motivated.
What's the secret to writing stories others will find compelling? After you read this book you'll know the answer. You'll also have an outline for your travel memoir and a solid plan for writing it.
Five how-to chapters, each with exercises to prepare you for writing your travel memoir.
1. The Outbound Journey: Why write, who for, and what to write about.
2. The Traveler and Companions: Bring people to life.
3. Settings; Where the Stories Live: Make places come alive like characters.
4. Staging the Action in Your Anecdotes: Give focus to your story and increase its drama.
5. Coming Home: Find the meaning in your travel memories.
Appendix: resources to help you keep writing.
BONUS! Six chapters of my travel memoir, Finding Our Place in Cinque Terre
An East Side Album: A Community Remembers
Published by the Goodman Community Center, Madison, Wisconsin 2008, 160 pages, 400+ photos
An East Side Album was produced to celebrate and commemorate a historic moment in the history of the East Side of Madison, Wisconsin—the opening of the Goodman Community Center, formerly the Atwood Community Center, in the handsomely renovated Kupfer Iron Works building.
This unique collection of photos, stories, and recipes ties past to present on Madison’s East Side. It is a record of life in Madison’s first suburban development during the 20th century, a period of tremendous growth. As such, it reflects the boom years of Madison’s industrialism and the remarkable East Side pride it generated.
An East Side Album is the result of contributions from over 100 area residents past and present, solicited by the East Side History Club. We focused on collecting “home-made history”—the informal photographs and domestic anecdotes that reveal a side of history rarely preserved in “official” city history.
The book is available through the Goodman Community Center and select local retailers. Contact me for more information or to purchase a copy.
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Madison Women Remember Growing Up in Wisconsin’s Capital
Oral History Interviews collected by Sarah White
Arcadia Publishing, 2006, 128 pages, 96 photos
Open these pages and celebrate Madison's 150th birthday with twelve women whose roots go deep here. Get to know their families and friends, enjoy their pastimes, as you follow them through an adventure we all share: coming of age. Find inspiration in the wisdom, grace, and pleasure these women bring to their lives.
This book is composed of women's voices, describing experiences from early childhood through leaving home. The chapters appear in chronological order. I have not inserted my own voice, choosing to show rather than tell what has struck me as wise, poignant, universal, or simply amusing. I found fascinating threads weaving through the fabric of these stories, and I hope you will too.
Open these pages and celebrate Madison's 150th birthday with twelve women whose roots go deep here. Get to know their families and friends, enjoy their pastimes, as you follow them through an adventure we all share: coming of age. Read more »
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