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I can answer questions on all aspects of writing memoirs, biographies, family histories, and corporate histories including handling sensitive issues, interviewing, editing, self-publishing, and setting up a business as a memoir writer.

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I have more than twenty-five years of experience as a radio and television news reporter, author, freelance writer, and workshop presenter. I present classes to nonprofits and professional groups, "How to Write Your Memoir or Life Story." I'm author of four nonfiction books. My latest book is A Guide to Writing Your Memoir or Life Story: Tools, Tips, Methods and Examples, available in paperback and eBook at Amazon. I'm past president of Springfield Writers' Guild (Missouri). My articles and book reviews on a variety of topics have been published in national magazines and on the Web. I was a senior-level college administrator for twenty-seven years, including nine years as a vice president, during which I wrote newsletters, brochures, magazine articles, and published and edited an alumni magazine.


Missouri Center for the Book, Springfield Writers' Guild, Greene County Historical Society, Christian County Historical Society.


Books: Witnesses of Hope, Faith, Love and Healing; Dumb Luck or Divine Guidance; The Pastor's Guide to Fund-raising Success; Levell-Drew Family History. National magazines including CASE Currents, Congregations, Ozarks Mountaineer, Your Community Hospice, Power and Light series of Sunday-school curriculum for adult learners.


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"It is not enough that we write to be understood. We must write so we cannot possibly be misunderstood." Robert Louis Stevenson.

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2016-05-01 fiction based on real people:

Thanks for your question, Jim.    Anyone may be sued for anything, regardless of whether the suit has merit. You may be sued no matter how careful you are, no matter how many eyes read your manuscript

2016-03-28 chapter and section titles starting with dates:

Yvonne,    Congratulations on your progress--keep up the good work!    Any of the following is acceptable to a publisher and easy for your readers to follow.    1. Find a common theme among several chapters

2016-02-05 Which voice to write in?:

Thanks for your question, Yvonne.     The matter of voice is an issue that perplexes many new writers. Any voice is okay, as long as the reader knows who is speaking. A change in voice may occur in a new

2015-02-13 ghostwriting:

Thanks for your question, Ben.    Search your browser for ghostwriting and lots of resources will come up. You will find tips on the business end of ghostwriting, how to get started, what professionals

2014-12-04 Self Publishing:

Thanks for your question, Patricia.    Your best resource is an attorney familiar with publishing copyright. Check with your local bar association for names of those in this field. You might be able to


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