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Specializing in Writing Personal Memoirs


About Jack E Nelson

Writing personal and family histories was a hobby for me long before it became a livelihood. In the course of working on family histories, I became well aware that relatively few people leave a recorded narrative of their life story. Profiles can often be pieced together from old letters and personal papers, but finding a memoir, a diary or lengthy personal journal is rare. Yet, when such a record can be found, it can be a wellspring of understanding, opening windows on the past for members of subsequent generations.

With this in mind, I decided to devote myself to assisting others in preserving their legacies and sharing their life stories with friends and family members. I bring to the task nine years of teaching and publishing experience, mostly at Temple University; proficiency in the writing of local histories, memoirs and biographies; plus a perceptive interviewing style; and desktop publishing expertise. Having completed over twenty book length writing projects, I am prepared to help in bringing your book project to fruition.

The Charlotte Observer featured the work I do in an article awhile back, together with suggestions on how to get started working on a personal history project.

For more on my understanding of what makes for quality personal history writing you can read some of my self-help articles on memoir writing that have been published in Whole Health News. You can also read what satisfied clients have said about my work as a personal historian.

Jack E Nelson, Ph.D.
Personal Historian
Charlotte (Waxhaw), N.C.
(704) 243-4447

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