Going from interview transcript to book draft can be hard. That’s why I decided to share my system with you. In this episode, I talk about how I used to do it with Mac Pages. In part II, I’ll talk about how I edit life story books with Scrivener.
Jenny Doan and her family started the Missouri Star Quilt Company. A decade later, Jenny’s quilting tutorials have been watched by millions, and her love of quilting has spurred people around the globe to create quilts of their own. Along the way, fans have sent stories behind the family heirloom quilts that have been collected into several books. Jenny discusses quilting, the importance of family stories, and how the two are related.
Today’s guests are part of a VA program that recruits interns, student nurses, community volunteers and others to record the life stories of veterans in VA hospitals. The narrative is included in the patient’s medical chart, a tactic designed to allow a fuller understanding of the patient by the care team.
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.