DIY Personal Story Course - The Legacy Recorder

DIY Your Personal Story

Write your personal story using your photos, memories, and recipes with The Legacy Recorder | taught by Gael Gilliland
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Course description

Have you ever tried to work with your aging parent or grandparent to find out about their history? Were you successful or was it kind of hard?  

I know that it isn't always easy to have those conversations. Worse yet, what do you do with the information if it does work? 

The DIY Personal Story E-Course is the tool that will make all the difference.  

With a fill in the blank narrative, step by step instructions, and conversation starters, this course will help you create a lasting Legacy for your family and friends. 

Taking the time to talk with our aging population is so incredibly important. Thank you for your efforts!

This course is about taking the time to write down one part of your personal story. The course will cover how to identify the core elements of your story and how to put them together in a narrative.

Who is this course for? Anyone who...

  • has thought about writing a memoir, autobiography, or doodling a stick figure of themselves on a napkin :)
  • has thought about helping someone else write their life story, memoir, or... you get the idea

(here's the heavy part)

  • has lost someone they love
  • has someone in their life who is experiencing memory loss and wants to work with them to record their memories

This course will help you create a personal narrative based on a photo, memory, or recipe. You will identify the 5 W's (who, what, when, where, & why) and dig deep into the story behind the photo, memory or recipe.

I've included a story by numbers (fill in the blank) to make it crazy easy and a plethora of word banks to help you find the perfect turn of phrase.

I can't wait to read your stories!


Gael Gilliland
Gael Gilliland
Founder & Senior Instructor

Gael founded The Legacy Recorder (2015) and self-published the Legacy Recorder Community Guide (2016) in an effort to share her passion for storytelling and penchant for writing about hard things like death and dying. Her mission is to help others create deeper, lasting connections through inter-generational storytelling. Today her storytelling methods and project approach are being used by people globally.

As a speaker, Gael has presented on a myriad of topics including but not limited to storytelling, social media, how to talk to your kids, branding, and death (ikr?).

She is a writer/author/business consultant and millennial mother of three future creatives, who in the present day give her daily inspiration and a few grey hairs. She is an enthusiastic supporter of local music, local coffee shops, and new writers looking to make their way.

Course Curriculum

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Why is it important to write down our stories
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What to think about when selecting your story inspiration
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Formatting your story
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Wrapping it up
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