Storyical: Your Stories Are Historical

Storyical: Your Stories Are Historical

Storyical inspires you to turn your stories into life histories. Find out what works from life story professionals who share practical advice for you to capture your life story. Take encouragement from ordinary people who talk about how they started recording their life histories and have extraordinary results. Reviews of books, apps, websites for life story. Hosted by Peta Roberts... Show More

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July 9, 2018

Nica Waters is a teacher and sailor, and started writing memoir through a class. She uses writing to work her way through issues that she is dealing with, but she used her memoir writing class to compile stories about her grandmother. Motivated to share these stories with her grandmother while she was still alive, Nica compiled and polished a trove of stories that were like love letters to her grandmother.

Nica still writes, mostly...

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Keith Larson is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator. He started in school, and has been drawing ever since. Inspired by cartoons, he was also encouraged by his teacher to learn to draw.

Being a cartoonist means Keith needed to be aware of the issues that readers were dealing with. Being attuned to people’s emotions at a different level of consciousness is important in pointing out humor. Keith was used to cartooning but he used his ...

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As a writing coach, Patricia Charpentier has experience in helping people write their memoirs. She talks about goal-setting and timelines and historical timelines as a way to getting people to look at the span of their entire life to choose writing about a portion of it. Then she talks about keeping people motivated, and setting goals. The middle of the writing experience is like walking through mud, and then there is the anxiety i...

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Part 3 is about what it was like for Kjathy Watson to be a participant in a Guided Autobiography class. She not only loved the class, and found the experience to be wonderful, but she has signed up for the 2nd and 3rd classes in the series with Heidi Thorsen, the instructor interviewed last week in Episode 21.

Kathy became interested in Guided Autobiography because there is no one to tell her side of the family story, and wants her...

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Episode 21 explores the hidden magic of storycatching with Guided Autobiographer instructor Heidi Thorsen. What happens when you don’t have a computer, have never written before, and join Heidi’s class on guided autobiography? A lot of joy, reflection and acknowledgment from strangers that will keep you excited to write and share stories for 2 months. And Heidi has advice for those who haven’t started writing yet but find it all a ...

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Dr Cheryl Svensson introduces us to Guided Autobiography (GAB) a process of writing your life story that is built on life themes and group interaction. GAB was created by Dr James Birren (now deceased). Its not a how to write class. Nobody gives you critical reviews, or suggestions because your story and your voice is what you need to get out.

GAB is a journey which is a surprising one for those who take it. Its more memoir because...

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Peta Roberts talks about digitizing photos, and tips on how to get the best image possible. The topics covered include 1. Analyzing photos 2. Organizing photos – assembling and a naming convention 3. Scanning – file types and quality and metadata 4. Storing digitized photos and the 3-2-1- rule.

Go to http://lifestoryprofessionals.com to download a copy of the National Archives and Records Administration sheet on how to “Analyze a P...

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Today we talk digitizing and organizing images, and why and how to share our special photos. Special guest Cathi Nelson is the founder and CEO of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers which has 1,000 members worldwide to help people with their photo collections. And their home movies. And how to share them for those special anniversaries, wedding, births and any occasions. As a lifelong scrapbooker, Cathi found herself helpi...

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Libby Atwater started out as a journalist, although her childhood was full of memories listening to family stories. She started out as a Personal Historian when asked to record a friend’s life story. Her clients were people who were from all walks of life, and achieved different things through their careers, but all who wanted to tell their stories. For those who did not have a budget to print a book, she recorded audio histories.

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Marcia is in her nineties and honestly dishes on what it was like to tell her life story and have it set out in a book. A big beautiful book. She spent two days with Ellie Kahn Personal Historian, who was featured in Episode 15. Ellie videotaped her, then had the audio transcribed, and then ingeniously put together Marcia’s book about her life in a way that Marcia never thought possible for a stranger to do. Listen to Marcia give a...

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Ellie Kahn has been an oral historian since 1988. She is from the Los Angeles area and has always been interested in life story. Ellie talks about interviewing people who are towards the end of their life, and the cathartic experience it can be for them to telling their life. Their stories are a gift to family and future generations and listen as Ellie makes it happen for her clients by being there for sole purpose of acknowledging...

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Phyllis Edwards retired to Pacific Grove in California and looked forward to writing stories of her life. Little did she know that the free memory writing class she attended at the library would get her writing about her new town in a way she never knew existed. Patricia Hamilton (episode 13) convinced Phyllis to be a contributing writer, and an editor, to the town’s book about itself, “Life in Pacific Grove”. Listen to Phyllis tel...

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Patricia Hamilton is owner and CEO of Park Place Publication, and Keepers of our culture imprint. Patricia started writing about personal history when taking journalism in high school. She gravitated into publishing other people’s memoirs after she finished her initial career. Patricia is a book publisher and Personal Historian and describes her job as going from getting the words from a client to putting it on the internet.

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April 10, 2018

Sabrena Leroy has faced a lot of adversity in her young life. These adversities included bad parents, violent home life, being a foster kid, plus cerebral palsy and other illnesses. Her twitter name is BlessedPoet and she attributes God as the reason she felt a huge weight lifted off her when she wrote her memoir.  She's had family and friends disappoint her but she stayed strong. She dreams of becoming a motivational speaker o...

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We have treat for today’s episode. It in three parts, with three different people being interviewed. All of them are talking about Songfinch. Stories of us, songs from them. Songfinch is a company that will make you a song to remember your loved ones as their special memories are put to lyrics.  Great for those ...

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Linda Coffin is a Personal Historian who has had a long standing interest in family history and genealogy. She got hooked on family history the first time she explored Gettysburg with her mother. Today she talks about how animating our ancestors lives through stories on what their life and times would have been like is the key to passing on family history to future generations. Linda gives advice on where to research for real data ...

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Anne K hired memoirist Nancy Shohet West to write her mother’s memoir. Anne talks about the process, and what it means to her to understand her mother’s chronology and see the pieces fall into place. The memoirist provided a solid structure to capture her mother’s stories, and kept the project on track. The memoir gave Anne’s mother a better appreciation of her life. Listen to Anne’s three pieces of advice on how to start a memoir....

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Episode 8 is dual interviews with husband and wife video team Paul English and Alison Crossley. They live in Austinmer near Sydney in Australia. They started out by recording personal life stories and have now branched out into recording business stories as well. Paul films and edits the sound, whilst Alison interviews clients.

Paul has a background as a talk show host and got into personal history through recording his mother’s li...

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Linda Stambaugh engaged Personal Historian Nancy Shohet West to write the memoirs of her father. The project grew to include her mother, and required many more family interviews than planned. What else wasn’t planned was how Linda’s initial expectations were of the book once it was published. It quickly became her father’s bible and the stories in it from his family about him sustained him as his Alzheimer’s disease got worse. Even...

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Martie McNabb is a Personal Historian/ Visual Storyteller, and she takes us on an interesting journey through the story of “things”. Martie tells us how she moved from teaching in New York City to compiling traditional scrapbooks for busy overwhelmed people. She created an event, called Show and Tales, as a way to get people to open up and share a story about one of their favorite objects in a group setting. Her examples and advice...

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