your memories. forever.
some of the gorgeous book covers that represent the stories inside
share your stories
self-publish an heirloom book for friends and family to treasure forever
take a class and learn to write your own stories based on provided themes
use your imagination - a tribute book, family history or cookbook
Memory Lane Lifestories is committed to preserving your personal history for present and future generations to enjoy. There are many ways to approach this. Following is one effective process.
First, the narrator will be asked some thought-provoking questions in a comfortable atmosphere, and their answers will be recorded. They can share as much or as little as they wish.
Next, the stories are transcribed word for word and saved as a preliminary document. After this step, the stories are organized and lightly edited so that they make sense to the reader. This copy is then reviewed by you, and you can add or delete anything you wish. You retain control over what is included in the book at all times.
In the next stage of the project, a portable scanner will be brought to you to safely scan any photographs that you would like to accompany the text.
Finally, all text and pictures are combined and sent to a company to be printed in a bookstore-quality book. You will now possess an heirloom that your family will treasure for generations to come.
Pricing is charged at a fixed hourly rate. Contact us and we will be happy to meet with you for a free consultation to review your needs and come up with a price and project that meets your budget. It will be one of the most meaningful things you do.
Video 'Memory Lane Overview' on YouTube
If you are interested in participating in an experience that helps you define your past and positively impact your future, consider taking a class with certified guided autobiography instructor Jennifer Shaker.
what is guided autobiography?
Guided autobiography is a semi-structured process for life review. In a nutshell, participants attend a weekly writing group for eight weeks. Each week, you will write two pages based on a theme and priming questions and share them with the other group members. As a means of self-discovery, guided autobiography can be a powerful catalyst for improved self-esteem, self-confidence and communication.
why write about my life?
Research now shows that the number one predictor of a child's well-being is whether or not they know their family stories. Write so that your children and grandchildren will know about your ancestors and who and what shaped your life. Or write for your own growth!
how can I learn more?
Attend a free informational session - call or email to learn more about upcoming openings.
Currently in session at The Hive in North Kingstown, Village at Waterman Lake in Greenville, and on the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston, RI. Upcoming possibilities include the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI (winter session).
One-on-one consultations are available to provide guidance during any stage of your project. Jennifer can help you with your writing, photo scanning, or book design.
a note from Jennifer Shaker, founder of Memory Lane:
When I was a child, I wrote an essay in school about my hero...and I chose my grandmother. As an adult, I realized that I had heard many of her stories multiple times, but began to worry that I may forget the details. I purchased a voice recorder, and I was amazed at how she opened up to me. It means so much to know that I will always have her voice telling me all of my old favorite stories, along with many new ones that offered me a different perspective on life. Turning those stories into a book was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I became passionate about sharing this amazing process with others so that they can preserve their own precious stories and connect with each other in whole new meaningful ways.
about Jennifer Shaker:
My credentials include an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island. I am a Certified Guided Autobiography Instructor through the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies. I belong to Personal Historians Northeast and Daughters of the American Revolution. I am a voracious reader and I enjoy writing and communications of all kinds. I look forward to meeting you soon and discussing how we can bring your next project to life!
*Client names have been removed to respect privacy
About the books…
“Words cannot express how amazing the book you have created is. I laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants, and then I cried so hard I nearly peed my pants. I want to thank you so much for creating a legacy that can be shared for generations to come.”
“I wanted to thank you for helping me create such an important memory. You truly are very talented in your artistic ability and truly gifted in helping people to heal through Memory Lane Lifestories.”
“She loves [the book] and cries every time she looks at it. The book is exactly what I had hoped for. Thank you again for making it happen so beautifully and on time.”
“Thank you so much for all of your hard work on this project. It meant so much to have you guide me through the process and to be able to capitalize on your experience and contacts.”
“I love Jennifer. She is smart, caring and most interesting. She challenges our minds and introduces aspects of our lives that we wouldn’t think of. I know I couldn’t have written as much without her help.”
“Jennifer, you have remarkable listening skills. I believe they keep your class together, because we are different in every respect. You made each of our journeys seem Important.”
“What I liked most about the class were the presentations from our teacher Jennifer. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”
About the class…
“Writing about my family and the way we lived brings back the years of happiness we shared.”
“As I write about my life, I realize that I have been more outgoing and sure of myself than I have thought. I’m really quite proud of my achievements as I look back on them.”
“I was able to get a closer view of childhood and early adult events that molded my life’s direction. The results of these events make a lot more sense now.”
“Just by being in the class I have silently and without pen in hand thought so much more about my life. The handouts read like a book as how to and what to put in your memoirs. The suggestions given were invaluable.”