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.
Scrivener is a powerful app created especially for writers. Find out some of the key functions that make it an indispensable tool for life story writing.
Dawn Roode of Modern Heirloom Books creates beautiful life story books using skills she learned from her career in magazines, where she did work with Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Parenting. She recently relaunched her life story business with new signature products, including custom-made stories for brides.