Jul 282016


stock-illustration-22004345-christmas-fairytaleWriting the Story within

This course returns!

Have you ever wanted to write your story?

Your life as you see it and as you live it. Or maybe the narrative of someone else’s life who has changed yours.

Author, journalist and biographer, Francine Brevetti is returning to reprise the six-week course, Writing the Story within. Beginning Thursday, September 15, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, and running through October 20, Francine will deliver her much praised course of May-June 2016.

“You don’t necessarily have to want to complete a book. But if you are burning to express your experiences in life or someone else’s, this course is a great way to launch such a project,” she says.

Francine will teach several techniques such as stimulating memory, mind mapping, structuring your story, how to interview other people and elements of publishing. And especially, how to start writing and keep writing.

“Many folks want to start their memoir or autobiography but find it difficult to finish,” she said. Now is the time to get this valuable help.

The cost of this 6-week course is $125 if you sign up before September 1. As of September 1, the price will be $150.

To sign up, write to Francine@francinebrevetti.com or send the fee thorough PayPal.

Here are just some of the testimonials from the participants in the May-June 2016 course.

(Based on a scale of 1 to 10) I gave Francine 10 primarily because her information and expertise are outstanding.

Francine has a wealth of information to share about the process, challenges in the art of memoir writing. Her course can be taken by writers just beginning their memoir or by writers well into their work. She is able to speak to the issues involved in producing and memoir from start to finish.

– – Susan L’ Heureux

I was new to writing and the material turned out to be exactly what I needed to feel confident enough to move forward.  Francine set a safe place to explore, share and learn.  Her insistence on continuing to write and just get it down on paper was so helpful.

– – H. Brock Ford

I am happy to give both Francine and the class my unreserved and wholehearted recommendation.  The class gave me lots of practical tips that helped me improve my writing, and Francine’s gentle editorial hints were both encouraging and helpful.  The class helped me find my voice, and motivated me to both write more and share my work with others.  Take this class–you will not regret it!

– – Ray Kingsley






Jul 142016

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In the midst of all the disheartening and horrifying news we are bombarded with every day, it lifts my heart to witness a spectacular gift of love, unbidden and with no strings attached.

It concerns a young couple in the Central Valley who selflessly offered themselves as parents for a couple they did not know who were seeking to adopt a child.

San Francisco residents Rev. Ken Daigle and his husband, JD Schramm, had been seeking to adopt a child for several years. They had two devastating disappointments and plenty of other obstacles to face, especially as a gay couple. Through social media, their search for an adoptable child reached the ears and computers of Sandy and Mario who already had a little girl.

Instinctively, they offered to bear a child for Ken and JD. And so they did, delivering little Roma Audrey to them at her birth a year ago.

This week, July 12, marks Roma’s first year and the proud papas produced a great a shindig celebrating their little daughter’s birthday. About 50 people including assorted children feted the infant with stacks of petits fours, cakes, barbecue and a piñata. And piles of gifts.

Sandy and Mario were there, Sandy already pregnant with her next child.

I had to know the reason for this astounding generosity so I screwed up my courage and approached Sandy.

I asked her why she had agreed to conceive and deliver a baby for a couple she did not know.

Her response, with her hand on her heart: “I just had to. I don’t know, I just had to.”

The attached image of the movie, “Strangers in Good Company,” is merely meant to echo the theme of what “strangers” can and do offer each other.

Jul 112016



Maybe you had such a tempestuous life, navigating so many changes of fortune that you feel you need to make sense of it all.

How did I get here? How did I get to be who I am? Where was the good in all of this confusion, in my chaotic life story?

Download a free copy of 10 Secrets to Writing Your or Another’s Life Story on my website, www.francinebrevetti.com.

Jul 072016

home-pic1Do you need to interpret your life or your vision of the world differently the from that of your family of origin?

Do you feel your original family had a filter on reality different from yours today as an adult?

You may even feel your parents and siblings don’t see the way  you see yourself.

Download a free copy of 10 Secrets to Writing Your or Another’s Life Story from my website, www.francinebrevetti.com.

Jul 042016

home-1If you hire a ghostwriter to take the whole burden of writing off your shoulders, then you will make time available for her to interview you;  she will request background and research materials (such as family photographs, journals and diaries, scrap books, correspondence and other memorabilia). Your ghostwriter will need any documents that verify the time and date an important event happened (births, deaths, marriage, deeds, patents, military service, etc.).

Download a free copy of 8 Tips on How to Work Successfully Collaborator/Ghostwriter from my website, www.francinebrevetti.com.

Jul 012016

stock-photo-14011353-writing-word-and-fountain-penWhy would you want to write your life story or that of someone else, perhaps a family member?

Maybe you realize how little you know about your grandparents and their ancestors – their culture, their challenges, their language, traditions from the country of origin. You don’t want your children and grandchildren to be ignorant about their own backgrounds. Documenting your ancestors’ stories and your memories now while you still can will make sure your descendants will know their origins. They’ll bless you and honor you for it. Download a free copy of 10 Secrets to Writing Your or Another’s Life Story on my website, www.francinebrevetti.com