Links about Journaling, Memoir-Writing, and Personal Storytelling

See also my curation of personal storytelling, lifewriting, memoir, journaling, life story, personal history, life narrative, and narrative identity theory content. You can see the curation here or in the widget embedded below:

  • 100 Memoirs: Shirley Hershey Showalter’s blog with the goal of reviewing 100 memoirs.
  • 1000Memories: A place for family and friends to gather and remember loved ones.
  • AARP Writing Memoir Group: The organization’s discussion group about writing memoirs.
  • About Personal Growth Stories Section: Personal growth stories to inspire change.
  • Always Stories: Life story blog of unidentified blogger.
  • Association of Personal Historians: An international organization of skilled professionals passionate about preserving life stories.
  • Beth LaMie: Author, speaker, and personal historian who helps people capture their family stories.
  • Beyond the Trees: Brainchild of two Cincinnati women with stories of their own to tell who support the idea that each life event or transition calls out to be remembered and documented before it is forgotten.
  • Boomer Cafe: A place to share baby-boomer stories and photos.
  • British Library: National Life Stories: Records first-hand experiences of as wide a cross-section of present-day society as possible. Alongside the British Library Sound Archive oral history collections, which stretch back to the beginning of the 20th century, National Life Stories’ recordings form a unique and invaluable record of people’s lives in Britain today.
  • Cityscapes of the Displaced: An exploration of the human belonging — to a city, a country or even oneself.
  • Creativity Workshop: Fee-based workshops that include storytelling and memoir.
  • The Elder Storytelling Place: A place to share stories.
  • Every Life Has a Story: Roben-Marie Smith’s site about mixed-media art, handmade journals, and scrapbooking, offering video tutorials, step by step how-to’s, give-aways and workshops.
  • The Experience Project: Calls itself “the largest living collection of shared experiences.”
  • First Person Arts: Transforming the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art to foster appreciation for our unique and shared experience.
  • Family Life Stories: Lynne Griffin shares compelling stories that provide insight into the human condition.essays, interviews, videos, and links to other sites.
  • Flokka: Share Your Stories: Article by Aliza Pilar Sherman about sharing business stories.
  • Foley Center for the Study of Lives: An interdisciplinary research project at Northwestern University committed to studying psychological and social development in the adult years.
  • Fray: Fee-based magazine of true stories and original art.
  • Great Life Stories: Safe repository of personal histories and memoirs.
  • HumanStory: Videographers who do “real and honest storytelling for events.”
  • The Legacy Project: Multigenerational education project reaching children, teens, adults, and elders across the continent is about creating one’s life, connecting with others, and changing the world.
  • LifeBio: Users are provided questions and an online template for writing an autobiography. Fee-based
  • LifeSnapz: Users can contribute text, photos, and video to describe these events, share them with self-designated groups (like family members, colleagues, schoolmates or youth sports teams) and explore these events using dynamic timelines, maps, and lists.
  • Site of Hella Buchheim, whose company, Personal Histories, gives voice to people who had a story to tell. Personal Histories works with people who want to write their own stories.
  • Life Writer’s Forum: Fosters discussion of all aspects of life writing across the spectrum of age, gender, nationality, and areas of interest. Any life writer is welcome to join.
  • Live On: Web application helps users share important moments, while keeping those memories alive and safe for future generations to enjoy tomorrow. Offers interesting promise “to keep everything you upload to LiveOn forever, and we’ll do everything in our power to keep that promise!” Most features are free.
  • Makes Me Think: Online community where people share daily life stories that provoke deep thought and inspire positive change.
  • Memoir Guide: Gene Bodzin’s excellent exploration of “memoirs, the impulses that lead to them, the stylistic and observational skills required to write them, and the assumptions that underlie them.”
  • Memory Writers Network: Jerry Waxler’s 200 Essays and Interviews to Help You Read and Write Memoirs.
  • Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard): Captures people’s biographies in short form — up to 600 words.
  • The Monti: Chapel Hill/Durham based organization that invites interesting people from the community to tell personal stories in front of a live audience.
  • The Moth: A not-for-profit storytelling organization.
  • OurStory: Helps users build and enrich relationships and connections by guiding them to recall, write about, and illustrate life’s most important memories.
  • Oxford Center for Life Writing: Home of life-writing at Oxford University and beyond; founded to bring together a rich variety of approaches to the writing and study of life-stories and encourage those who write biography, memoir, and those who undertake research on life-narratives.
  • My Life Stories: Autobiographical blog by teenager Katie Kellar.
  • New Life Stories: Journaling and Ellen Moore’s own life story.
  • Obit Magazine: Examines life through the lens of death.
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  • OhLife: Journaling tool that sends users daily emails about what happened each day.
  • Peeling Onions: An auto-biographical webcomic by Lezley Davidson; updating Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Penzu: Free online diary and personal journal tool.
  • Pictory: Showcase for people around the world to document their lives and cultures. Anyone can submit one large, captioned image to each of Pictory’s editorial themes.
  • PNN (Personal News Network): “Your home for stories.”
  • The Place + Memory Project: Project to use people’s memories and stories to recreate places that no longer exist. “Places that were important to us. We are creating a series of stories for radio and an online map where you can to add your own memories through text, photos, sound, whatever.”
  • A place for families and close friends to share life stories, thoughts, and aspirations to spark meaningful conversations about who we are. Inspired by the 19th-century writer Marcel Proust, who became associated with a popular ice-breaker parlor game, now known as the “Proust Questionnaire.”
  • Reader’s Digest Stories: Inspiring people and their extraordinary true stories.
  • The Remembering Site: Makes it easy for anyone, anywhere to write and publish their life story and add to it as life unfolds.
  • Reminisce Magazine: Features free vintage photographs, and real-life memories of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s
  • Save Every Step: Enables users to save and share personal family stories on a timeline. Basic service free; fees for additional storage space.
  • Scrapblog: A way to turn cherished photos into books, cards, calendars, and slideshows to share with friends and family.
  • Smith Magazine: The home of Six-Word Memoirs and a vibrant community of storytellers. Co-founded by Larry Smith, a participant in A Storied Career’s Q&A series.
  • The Social Voice Project: Uses audiography to capture, preserve, share, and celebrate expressions of the social condition.
  • The Story: Companion site for NPR show whose goal is to “find people whose lives are intersecting with significant issues in the news and give them the opportunity to tell their story.”
  • Story Circle Network: Dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raising public awareness of the importance of women’s personal histories.
  • Story of My Life: Claims to be “the world’s largest online story collection of the most extraordinary people — you, your parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren.”
  • Story of My Life: Blog of “Jenni” that tells her life story.
  • StoryCorps: Provides Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.
  • li>Story Preservation Initiative: The initiative’s mission is to create and make available to the general public a diverse collection of oral histories of people who have exhibited a talent, passion, commitment, or way of living that has served to enrich the human experience. The sole function of the collection is to serve as an educational, historical, and cultural resource.
  • Story Tree: Helps users preserve your precious family memories and share them with the ones they love.
  • Sweet Chili Stories: Personal storytelling, tribes and social media. Norwegian site.
  • Telling Our Stories: Student interviews of elders who witnessed key historic events of the 1960s.
  • Telling Herstories: Story Circle Network blog — a group of almost a dozen women writers sharing their passion for the art and craft of lifewriting.
  • Tera’s Wish (Workshop): Exercises, challenges, topics, and ideas (many of them life-story/journaling-related) to get creative juices flowing.
  • The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing: Tips, guidelines and observations for writing extraordinary stories about life and experience from Sharon Lippincott, who has been featured in A Storied Career’s Q&A series.
  • Then Life Happens: For sharing experiences and life lessons with an intention to encourage, inspire, and motivate users to live a life beyond imagination.
  • The Timeslips Project: Creative storytelling method, originally designed to be used with people with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Timesketch: Provides unique and customized experiences to individuals and corporations through the venue of memoir writing and legacy development. Presumably fee-based, but no information given.
  • This American Life: Companion site for Ira Glass’s superb storytelling radio/TV show.
  • This I Believe: Based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, Americans from all walks of life share the personal philosophies and core values that guide their daily lives.
  • Author site whose mission is to reveal the woman behind the label; the individual beyond the stereotype, and to foster a greater understanding and acceptance among women of all ages and from all walks of life.
  • ThisMoment: About saving and sharing the moments of your life.
  • Tintota: Platform for authors and writers from around the world.
  • True Stories Well Told: Personal historian Sarah White’s place for people who read and write about real life.
  • University of Southern Maine Life Story Center: Celebrates individual lives and strengthen community bonds by bringing people of all generations together to share life stories.
  • We Are Storytellers: Blog of a group of people who tell stories through scrapbooking.
  • When Words Matter: Editorial services company specializing in preserving personal, business and organizational histories owned and operated by Larry Lehmer.
  • Women’s Memoirs: Content-rich site for, by and about women memoir writers, whether published, aspiring or just thinking about writing.
  • Write My Memoirs 2.0: Free system that makes it easy for people to start recording their memoirs and stories about their families.
  • Writing Through Life: Amber Lea Starfire’s blog encouraging folks to tell their stories through journal writing, memoir, and art. Amber offers inspirational stories, online courses, one-on-one mentoring, and editing services to helps people to find meaning in life’s events through the act of writing.
  • Your Memories Your Book: Site of personal historian Wayne Groner.
  • Your Unique Story: Blog that accompanies a commercial site that sells digital-scrapbook products. Inspiring ideas for visual life-storytelling.

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