Write it yourself
Writing your personal history yourself, whether supported by life writing classes or on your own, is an immensely satisfying experience — or should be. It can be helpful to have an ally to encourage you, help you identify information gaps or points that need to be clarified, and see that issues with spelling or sentence structure don’t get in the way of your telling your story.
You are in charge of your self-written personal history. My role is to collaborate with you to help you achieve your goals for the project. There is no set process; however, I will be pleased to help you with any of:
- An overall evaluation of the work you have done to identify what is working well, what might need attention and what would help you make your personal history all you want it to be
- Coaching in writing techniques to add interest and life to your text
- Ongoing consultation to guide you as you develop your story
- Editing: attention to both organization and clear communication
- Consultation about what supplementary material (such as photos and documents) to include in your book
- Layout and design
- Managing printing and binding
The more of the work you do, the less you pay for someone else to do it. Having me help you as you write your own memoirs will usually (but not always!) require less financial investment than a full service personal history.
Because these projects vary so widely, it is impossible to provide a meaningful estimate of the investment required without an in-depth discussion with you. (Remember, no charge for an initial consultation!)
If you have already started writing, an overall evaluation to identify what works well in the work you have done so far, what might need attention and what would help you make your personal history all you want it to be is a useful first step. An evaluation usually takes 4–5 hours.