Patricia Charpentier

P. O. Box 541527
Orlando, Florida 32804

Phone: 321-279-1791


Contact between 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST


  • M.A. Creative Writing, December 2001, University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • B.A. Journalism, August 1978, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

  • Awards:

  • Artist in Residence, Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong in conjunction with United Arts of Central Florida and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Orlando, Fla., 2011
  • Artist in Residence, WildAcres Retreat, Little Switzerland, N.C. August, 2010

  • Specialties:

    Writing personal and family history


    Bringing Your Ancestors to Life Getting Started Writing Personal or Family History

    Previous Engagements:

  • Marks Street Recreational Complex - Orlando, Florida (2005-present)
  • Winter Park Junior League Sustainers – Winter Park, FL (February 2011)
  • Florida Writers Association – Orlando, FL (February 2011)
  • Florida Writers Association – Longwood, FL (January 2011)
  • St. Mary Parish Library - Baldwin, Louisiana (January 2011)

  • Bio:

    When I was in my twenties, my mother handed me a copy of our family tree that dated back to 1648 when my ancestors came from France to settle in an area known as “Acadie,” now Nova Scotia. “That’s nice,” I replied and put the papers away in a drawer. In a move some twenty years later, I came across the yellowed sheets held together by a rusty staple. Looking at the names and tracing the path down to my own name, I now longed to know more about the people whose births, marriages and deaths were listed before me. Unfortunately, by that time, all those who held pieces of our family story were long gone. I missed my opportunity. My ancestors’ stories died with them. Since then I’ve devoted much time and effort to helping others avoid the mistake I made, assisting them in preserving their stories for themselves and their families. Through ghostwriting memoirs on behalf of others, co-authoring, editing and teaching, I have assisted hundreds of people in creating a written legacy for their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and generations to come. I hold an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Central Florida and a B.A. in journalism from Louisiana State University and have worked as a memoirist, writing coach, editor, writing instructor, journalist and photographer.

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