Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Bulletin Board: TIME TO WRITE THAT MEMOIR!

By Lawrence F. Lihosit (lawreflihosit) ( on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 8:25 pm: Edit Post

Thanks to the efforts of U.S. Congressman John Garamendi (California, 10th District), the Library of Congress has created a Peace Corps Special Collection of books written by former volunteers and staff. Your story should be part of this collection for it represents a small piece of a huge American patchwork quilt that has covered the globe for a half century, offering solace and hope.

It’s a good time to share your experience and that’s why I wrote a book to help you (Peace Corps Experience: Write & Publish Your Memoir). It explains exactly what a memoir is, offers tips for writing, publishing and promoting. Attached is more information about it and other books available on Amazon.com. Feel free to share this.


Peace Corps Experience: Write and Publish Your Memoir by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras, 1975-1977) explains how to write, publish and promote a memoir. In seven easy-to-read chapters, the author outlines the art of organization, research, writing, editing, self-publication and promotion. The book includes great examples and advice from other Peace Corps memoirists.

“It’s written for the novice,” explained Lihosit, “someone who is not a professional writer and realizes that our stories about service are valuable and should be shared.”

The author of nine other books and seven pamphlets, Lihosit was inspired to write this how-to book following an unexpected response to the Peace Corps Worldwide posting of his article about book formatting (The Arts: On Writing and Publishing, December 6, 2011). Within four hours of posting, readership increased forty percent.

The Peace Corps community reaction to the book has been positive. Jane Albritton, the series editor of Peace Corps at 50 Project, called it “a gift-wrapped challenge.” Robert Klein, author and part of the Kennedy Library’s Oral History Project advised, “Tell your Peace Corps story, but first study this book.”

The book is now available in hardback, quality trade paperback and e-book at Amazon.com.

“Everything former Peace Corps members need to put together a worthy piece of history.”
U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, (CA)

By Genevieve Stokes ( on Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 10:38 am: Edit Post

How can I join the above group to get my info out there and connect with my group for Liberia
1967-70 Genevieve Stokes

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