Personal History Events


Book Signing, Meet & Greet Personal Historian Deborah Wilbrink

Time to Tell: Your Personal & Family History

Saturday, March 25, 1-3 PM, McKay’s Book Store

636 Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville

Book Signing & Reading with Deborah Wilbrink

Time to Tell: Your Personal & Family History

Tuesday, May 2, 12:30-1:30, Metropolitan Government Archives.

Nashville Public Library, Main Branch, 615 Church Street, Nashville

Time to Tell: Write Your Personal & Family History, Workshop

Saturday, May 27, 9:30-12:30, Metropolitan Government Archives

Nashville Public Library, Main Branch, 615 Church Street, Nashville

Call 615-862-8550 to Register


 “Everyone who attended seemed to

really enjoy themselves!”

– Liz Coleman, Nashville Library Foundation

Memoir writing, personal history, family history and self-publishing are all great topics for public presentations. Contact Deborah to inquire about her presentation schedule and rates to your group. Arrange a memoir writing class tailored to your group or community. Osher Institute for Life Long Learning at Vanderbilt University, Unitarian Universalist WomenSpirit, St. and Windlands East Independent Living have been among the class sponsors. Informative, engaging, interactive, productive. Email or call 615-417-8424 for more information.

Time to Tell: Why Your Life Story Matters 

An engaging, participatory 20 – 60 minutes learning about the new genre of  personal history (autobiography of the everyman and woman) by listening and sharing events from one’s own life with others. Available for sponsor hosting.

Time to Tell: Write Your Personal & Family History 

In one hour, learn tips for gathering stories from your elder family members, and how to access your own memories. Get started with interview, writing and recording tips and practice. Enjoy sharing with other workshop participants, and ask your questions. Handouts included. Book Yours Today!

 Photographs and Story 

 15 – 30 minutes guest speaker with digital projector needed. No Limit.

Beautiful power point presentation about how to use your photographs to write and illustrate your stories. Humorous and educational, with tips about how to best take photographs for illustration. I may be joined by collaborator and author-photographer Agatha Nolen when available. This general, light subject is perfect for lunchtime or breakfast speaking engagements.

It’s Time to Tell: Write Your Personal & Family History

 3 hour workshop. Limit: 20.

Start writing the book you’ve been carrying in your head for years: your life story! We’ll begin by defining and comparing styles of memoir. Then you’ll engage in activities that will generate many ideas for developing your narrative. Learn how characters, settings, plot, theme and morals can be used to steer your story, give it form, and deepen the experience of your readers.

Write Your Own Classic

 Meets 1.5 hours, 6 times. Limit: 20.

This is a structured creative writing class aimed at working on your memoir or novel. Aristotle’s classic structure can be applied to either. Step by step you’ll practice developing Setting, Character, Plot, Moral, and Theme. These are the elements that make a book worth reading.Finding one’s voice and choosing a style; and organizing your structure are also topics.
Each class will feature a brief lecture with examples; partnered and group activities, independent writing and voluntary sharing. It is anchored with a PowerPoint presentation and you will have handouts to take home and use. There are no grades. Our goal is learning, fun, and improvement. Writers at all levels will be successful and are welcome. Paid or sponsored.
email or call 615-866-0846  with any questions or feedback.

Write Your Spiritual Autobiography

 3 hour or weekend workshop, limit 12.

Approach your memoir with a spiritual perspective, with others who view their lives as a journey in spiritual development. For any and all faiths or a mix of faiths. Tailored for the host venue or group.

Specialized Topics:

Use Your Photos to Illustrate; Print-On-Demand Publishing; Personal History & Reminiscence Therapy; Genre of Memoir; Write Your Church History…


Yes, Deborah coaches writers on a private basis. Taking your manuscript from your draft to a finished book can also be done, along with all the original services of a personal historian, helping those who may not be accomplished writers find their voices – and saving their stories for future generations to savor.

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March 9, DAR, General William Lee Davidson Chapter, Nashville
March 6, Del Webb Genealogy Club, Mt. Juliet  130-0
February 11, 2:00-3:30, The Porch Writing Collective $30 100-0
Jan 21, 9-12 Tennessee Historical Society, Nashville $35 160-2


March 16 10:00 am*  Windlands South, Nashville, TN  140-1
March 18  1:00-2:00 pm      Hermitage Library, Hermitage, TN  20-0
March 21 , 5:30 pm     Bellevue Library, Nashville, TN 60-0
March 29, Green Hills Library, Nashville 120-1
April 7 Park Place Health Fair, Hendersonville, TN 1100-1
April 7 WSM Radio, Nashville Today Show with Nan & Devon
April 8 WQKR Radio, Portland, Tennessee
April 12, Park Place, Hendersonville
April 14, 15, 16, 17 Southern Women’s Show Spotlight Stage, Nashville
April 27,  Richland Place, Nashville  3pm 124-4
April 30, East Side Story 11 am 120-2
May 3, Golden Years Expo 10-2  – 500 2/3
May 4, Taping “Nashville Entertainment Weekly” airs May 20(?)
May 15, Belcourt Taps, Sunday Sunday Music with Nashville Entertainment Weekly 115/0
May 16, Green Hills Civitan Club 130/0
June 16, Time Out Social Workers Conference/Takas Elder Law, Nashville 2000/0
June 21, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, Fire of Commitment Book Signing  1000/80
June 30, Nashville Community Education (NCE) Cohn School, Nashville, Time to Tell! $10 12/2
July 21, 6:30 -8:00 PM  (NCE) Cohn School, Nashville, Print On Demand $45 10/na/PHB
July 25, 6:00 -7:00 PM Cohn School, Nashville, Use Photos to Illustrate $15 80/1
August 17-September 28, Richland Place, Time to Tell: Write From Your Life,sponsored 120/2/1
October 11, 7:30 PM (NCE) Cohn School, Time to Tell: Write Your Family History Now! $15  120/1
October 11, 6:00 PM (NCE) Martha O’Bryan Center, Use YOur Photos to Tell Your Story $15 60
October 14 Southern Festival of Books, Writing from Life: the Journey, with Randy Rudder sponsored 130
October 14-16 Southern Festival of Books, Association of Personal Historians Booth – Meet & Greet
October 18, 6:00 PM Martha O’Bryan Center, Print On Demand, Your Online Self-Publishing $45 160/1
November 5, Carnegie Writer’s Conference, Huntsville AL, Time to Tell: Write Your Memoir
November 16, 10:30 AM, (NCE) Cohn School, Time to Tell: Write Your Family History Now! $15  140/1
November 26, Tennessee State Library & Archives, Family History Day, Save Your Family Stories  140

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