Frequently Asked Questions

You don’t have to be a writer to be a Storykeeper. Anyone can tell a story. In this workshop, we will not spend time learning what it takes to be a professional writer, or spend time analyzing sentences for word choice and structure. This is not a writing course. We help you write about your family in your own words.

Yes — most people feel overwhelmed when they begin because they are seeking to write a multi-generational story that includes themselves! We find that there are a few small but necessary steps people need to make and then suddenly, they are on their way. We teach the necessary skills and provide a structure that makes it easier not only to get started but to keep going.

In our programs, we teach you how to capture stories as you tell them in short narratives we call Slices, which are up to 2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point type. Slices make it easier for people to tell a multi-generational story. No special writing skills are required.

“Basic computer literacy” means being comfortable and fluent using:

  • Zoom online video conferencing, and ensuring you have the latest version on your system at all times;
  • word processing software like Word or online word processing tools like Google Docs, including creating weekly documents that are double-spaced, 12-point type, and emailing those documents to the Facilitator each week;
  • accessing all workshop materials in a password-protected place on our website each week to download posted homework, link to websites, and watch online videos
  • the internet, email, and apps.

If you have concerns, please contact us to determine whether our workshops are for you.

Our online workshops are provided via Zoom, an online video conferencing application.

  • Check to ensure you have the latest version of Zoom downloaded and installed on your system.
  • After downloading the latest version of Zoom, some computers require that you re-boot your computer to complete installation.
  • You’ll have the best experience if you access the workshop with a laptop, desktop, or tablet. We suggest you download the Zoom app to your smartphone as a backup should you experience problems with your laptop, desktop, or tablet.
  • Make sure you have a camera attached to your device; you must connect to the meeting with a video connection.
  • Make sure home internet capabilities have adequate bandwidth to accommodate the Zoom meeting. If you have a problem accessing the meeting, make sure all family members have disconnected from the internet and try again.

Our Beginner Workshop is the place to begin. You’ll learn our Storykeeping method, how to write in Slices, and set up a notebook system for tracking everything related to your project. The Beginner Workshop is a pre-requisite for our Storykeeping Essentials workshop where we’ll guide you to write about your father, mother, grandmother, and grandfather. If you have a family member who is a survivor, please join us for our Safekeeping Stories of Your Family’s Holocaust Survivor workshop.

Our Workshops are small group experiences of 5-8 participants, depending on the Workshop.

Don’t think of yourself as choosing between family members, think of yourself as starting with one story. Storykeeping provides you with the tools you need to author as many family stories as you like. The process works best when each family member’s story is considered individually. Begin with the story that is easiest to access.

Workshop participants become “Members” to access the workshop materials in a password-protected place on our website.

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