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Paula Yost

A journalist and personal historian, Paula Stallings Yost believes passionately in the power of story. In 1999, she jettisoned a 25-year public relations/journalism career and life in the suburbs to found LifeSketches-a biography service based in the piney woods of East Texas. Helping others preserve their family histories (the real stories of people from all walks of life told in their own voices) has become the perfect niche for her talents and expertise. Everyone has a story to tell. By doing so, they create a historic link between generations.

LifeSketches produces oral histories (audio tapes of comprehensive interviews), verbatim transcripts, and elegant, one-of-a-kind books translating those interviews into a fascinating life story complete with a visual record of treasured photographs and other memorabilia. Books published to date include: "Tales of a Scrapper," a poignant story of one man's survival during the Depression; "Profile of a Lone Star Legacy", a record of the life of an influential Texas political figure; "A Country Cowboy," the simple tale of an East Texas cowhand; and "Miracles on the Amazon," a delightful memoir of a Tyler couple's 40 years of missionary work in Brazil. Yost currently is editing an anthology with the working title of "Women Write About the Southwest", sponsored by Story Circle Network and to be published by the University of Texas Press.

A popular speaker, Yost also offers informative workshops. For example, From Memory to Memoir covers basic life-writing techniques. Cooking Up the Memories centers on creating family history cookbooks. The Healing Power of Story is a powerful series of classes about the therapeutic value of journaling and writing life stories.

Yost is vice president of the Association of Personal Historians-an international trade organization of professional writers, videographers and oral historians. She is a member of the Texas Oral Historians Association and serves on the board of Story Circle Network in Austin. For more information, an interview published recently in the Story Circle Journal may be found at the following web site: http://www.storycircle.org/LifeWriting/lifewriter_53.shtml

To register for Yost's upcoming 6-week email class, visit the League's listing of classes.
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