Not everyone can be Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) or Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted) but we all have a story to tell.
Maybe you simply want to capture your own memories before they fade. Or write to make sense of a difficult period in your life. Or put down in words something that you don’t want to tell your kids just yet, but want them to know… one day.
Where do you start?
Bookform is a new Australian online platform which helps non-writers (and writers!) to write, edit and publish their own book.
There are 3 options ranging from DIY to having a professional writer do it all for you.
Option 1: Follow template questions to create your memoir (DIY)
Not sure where to start or what to put in your memoir? Bookform prompts you with questions – all optional – to help you figure out what to write and how to structure your story. It’s as simple as filling out an online form.
Add pictures easily, move sections and chapters around and name your book whatever you like. You can preview and print at any time. You may simply want a pdf copy you can email to friends and family or you can export the book in a print-ready format to have it professionally printed and bound.
Cost: Free 30-day trial, then $29 per month or $290 per year.
Option 2: Come to writing workshops for guided help
Option 2 includes everything you get in option 1, but you can also book in for face-to-face workshops with a local professional writer. Attend as many workshops as you like during your writing journey. Each workshop is an 8-hour block (usually held in weekly 2-hour sessions) where you can mix with other new writers and get help to:
- Figure out where to start!
- Learn the best techniques to recall your memories
- Turn your memories into a great story
- Structure your writing
- Use photos and pictures alongside words to tell your story
- Learn how to edit your own writing.
Cost: $99 per 8-hour workshop (plus Bookform monthly/annual membership)
Option 3: Let a professional writer do it for you
Just don’t see yourself as a writer at all? Bookform can arrange for a professional writer to interview you over 8 hours. They’ll transcribe your interviews, write your book for you and arrange it into a print-ready format.
Have you written a memoir?
Want to persuade your parents to write THEIR memoir?
Bookform offers gift subscriptions too!