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Meet the Faculty: Patricia Charpentier

August 23, 2012

Patricia Charpentier, Author

Patricia Charpentier is the owner of Writing Your Life, which offers classes, workshops, ghostwriting, editing, coaching and LifeStory Publishing, which designs, formats and publishes personal and family history books. She is the author of Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, winner of 2011 first place Royal Palm Literary Award; and Focus on Writing , a series of booklets concentrating on various aspects of writing one’s personal and family history—Get Started, Bringing Your Ancestors to Life, and Best Prompts 2010. Patricia has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida 2001; and a B.A. in Journalism, Louisiana State University 1978. Visit her website:


“Make Your Manuscript Shine” – Friday, October 19, 10:45-11:45 AM
When you place your manuscript in front of an agent or seal the envelope containing the results of months, even years, of effort, is it the best it can possibly be? How do you know for sure? In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to a variety of free or inexpensive tools and other procedures and processes to root out typos, overused words and phrases, redundant sentence structures and a variety of other oversights that dull the shine of your fabulous stories.

“Writing Your Life Story” – Friday, October 19, 4:00-5:00 PM
This fun and lively workshop focuses on the why and how one can record personal and family history for family, friends and future generations and possibly even get a book deal out of it. The workshop includes discussion and a brief writing exercise to show participants how easy it is to get started. Special attention is given to how to organize your stories, create personal timelines, trigger memories and establish reasonable writing schedules and deadlines.

To see Patricia by special appointment, check the website prior to the conference or the FWA registration desk at the conference. Note: Conference attendance is required for interviews.

  1. Becky McGregor permalink
    August 24, 2012 12:45 pm

    I can’t wait to attend both of these workshops. Patricia’s classes are always fun and I always learn something new. See you at the conference.

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      August 24, 2012 8:23 pm

      Can’t wait, Becky!

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