Lili Shank is a life story professional who helps people preserve their stories as told by them, in their own voice. Listen as she discusses:
Donna Strickland knows firsthand how painful writing can be. When she started hating the book she was writing, she knew something had to change. That’s when she discovered the principles of mindful writing, a practice she teaches in classes and workshops across the US.
Like a lot of us, Brittany Bare was inspired by a relationship with a close relative to make the jump into the life story business. Where she’s different from most, though, is that she’s set up My Life, My Stories as a 501(c)(3)—a non-profit organization. On this episode, she talks about matching volunteers to seniors, serving seniors from under-represented populations (including those who speak a foreign language), and pitching her program to residential facilities and community centers.
Life story work is “heart-driven” work, and like other service-oriented professions, it attracts people who may not feel comfortable with the money-making side of their business. Sarah White knows how important it is for us to charge what we’re worth; more importantly, she knows how to help us over the obstacles that keep us from doing so. She has taken her training in Guided Autobiography and created a workshop aimed at helping us uncover our “story” about money: the attitudes and assumptions that we absorbed in childhood, the very attitudes and assumptions that may be sabotaging our financial success today.
Mark is the author of 13 books, including Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968, and the upcoming The Last Stone. Listen as we discuss the craft of researching, reporting, and writing.
The Writer’s Diet—a book and companion website—won’t spiff up your prose for you, but it will point you toward the flaws that can make writing dull and stodgy. Listen to learn about five common trouble spots in writing, how to spot them in your own prose, and what you can do to fix them.