MY LIFE STORY PROJECT
'You’ve learned valuable lessons through hardships and joys, and others could learn about how to deal with the ups and downs of life by reading about your life.'
A Message from SSOA Director, Dr Christine Williams:
These days it seems as if publishing your life story is easier than ever. Until you look into it, and then it can get quite confusing, with false hopes that self-publishing is the way to go. It's not. While other people wait on for months – and in some cases even years – to hear back from a publisher. The difficulty of completing a story can seem like a mountain to climb! Even a story intended just for your loved ones, without any plans to publish. As an experienced writing teacher and life writing specialist, I can guide you through the process so you can complete your very own life story.
A sample video of how we'll guide you through MY LIFE STORY PROJECT on a week-by-week basis:
You may have tried writing before ... you can often start off full of enthusiasm but soon find that making sense of your past and writing it in an easy-to-understand order is harder than you think. (PS That’s why editors were invented!)
Most people start out thinking it’s easy to write a story and turn it into a book. And I agree that it should be a lot easier than it is. But if you’re looking at a quality story, there’s a lot that goes into producing that story for others to read – whether just for family and friends or for wider publication.
FIRST: there’s telling the full story
SECOND: there’s making sure the quality of three basic elements – grammar, punctuation and narrative – is up to scratch or publication standard. So that it’s accessible, it’s easy to read.
And the fact is, most people are keen to begin writing – but they get tired. It’s understandable. But it’s also such a pity to begin and then give up – considering that completion of your life story is such a valuable gift for others. Especially for your children and grandchildren – and even further down the line, your descendants to follow.
Life is changing so fast, most children don’t even understand the idea that you would write a letter and send it by airmail across the world. To them, emails always existed. Instant gratification instead of waiting weeks to hear back from a loved one.
And it’s so hard to tell people about ‘how it used to be’. Life is so fast. ‘Boring!’ they think, and rush out the door.
But your story is NOT BORING! You may have been an immigrant and had to learn new ways and ‘fit in’ to a whole new society. You may have been born here but have seen so many changes in your lifetime you’ve had to adjust to, that young people just don’t realise.
You’ve learned valuable lessons through hardships and joys, and others could learn about how to deal with the ups and downs of life by reading about your life – in their own time, that is when they have time. Perhaps even after you’ve passed away and they regret that they didn’t spend more time with you while you were alive and full of vigour.
All the more reason to act NOW to set down your life in story – while you can.
My Life Story Project makes it easier for you to achieve it through your own writing using our techniques and tools, such as:
1-on-1 ONLINE ADVICE as well as group assistance
Templates to guide you through the complexity of your life
ONLINE WEBINARS you can tap into whenever it suits you
A week by week timetable with questionnaires to guide you along the way
Your whole life written and recorded for posterity in as little as 8 weeks. And if that timetable seems too pressing, you can opt for a more leisurely stroll down memory lane!
Make an enquiry and we'll get back to you within days so you can begin to write your own life story.