Time For a Story-July Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…

100+ Ways to Make Fun-in-the-Sun Memories this Summer

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories “I’m bored,” Have you heard that one yet? The summer has just started, but I already feel like I am our family’s entertainment director and taxi driver. Life was so much simpler when we were kids, don’t you think? We made our own fun. My siblings and I enjoyed 3-day … Read more…

Caring for Your Aging Parents Someday? Read This Book

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories   Don’t Give Up On Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully, A Daughter’s Intimate Memoir by Jan Simpson Benvenuti Circle of Life Partners Every memoir offers something different for the reader. Some intend to describe a personal history, to entertain the reader, to teach the reader, and/or to give the reader … Read more…

Time For a Story-June Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…

Time For a Story-May Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…

Time For a Story – April Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…

4 Editing Hacks I Learned from Stephen King

Let’s be honest. The editing process is not as fun as the initial storytelling process. Editing requires that you read your writing with fresh eyes, pull out your red pen machete, and start hacking away at superfluous details, tangents, and parts of speech. Why is editing so important? You want people to read, understand, and … Read more…

9 Thrilling Memoir Writing Tips I Learned from Stephen King

I don’t read many thrillers, but I have seen a few Stephen King movies. I remember how Misery made my ankles hurt and The Green Mile made me cry. Perhaps my favorite Stephen King story, however, is On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Although King provides advice for novel writers, so much of his … Read more…

Memoir Musings >The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust By Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin Synopsis Edith Hahn was born in Vienna in 1914 and lived through WWII. When she was a teenager, she was encouraged to attend university, but before she could finish her studies and become an attorney, she was … Read more…

Celebrate the Female Heroes in Your Life

March is Women’s History Month. Let’s change the world this month by honoring our “ordinary” women heroes—those women who have given us life, made our lives better, or taught us how to live in this world. Perhaps you’ll honor your mom, wife, grandmother, aunt, teacher, scout leader, pastor, coach, theater director, or neighbor. Think of … Read more…