How to Start Writing Your Story

If you don’t know what you are doing when you sit down to write about your family, you will be overwhelmed. And rightly so. It’s complicated. You think you are writing about other people, but you’re not. They are you and you are them in…

What’s Storykeeping?

Storykeeping provides tools and techniques that enable people to create a meaningful family story in about a dozen pages. We teach you a process for learning how to develop a personal system for doing the work, provide the focus to get your…

Everyone Can Write About Their Family

When we were kids, we learned through stories. Stories told by teachers in school, and parents at bedtime. We took in current events through news stories, and discovered our wants through stories in ads on TV. We also learned about our family…

Know Your Why

If you find yourself staring at a blank page when you sit down to do your Storykeeping, begin by asking yourself why you are there. Knowing your why will help you decide what to write about. There's a wonderful TED talk by Simon Sinek for…

Focused Freeform Jotting or FFJ

The most essential tool for Storykeeping is pretty basic: pen, paper, and Focused Freeform Jotting or “FFJ." Let's take each word in turn: Focused Start with a focusing question or topic. We provide them when you take our programs,…

Capture The Everyday Feeling of Your Home

I caught a glimpse of some fabric from my childhood home in a retro online photo and it surprisingly transported me back to that time and how it felt to be in that home. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feels are powerful transmitters of…

The Secret To Capturing Your Early Memories

If you want to access some of the earliest memories of your childhood, catch a whiff of tar, chlorine, or that perfume your mother used to wear. There is a strong connection between smells, emotions, and early life experiences – even before…