Thomas Memoirs . . . Interviewing, Writing and Editing

By: Thomas Memoirs  09-12-2011

At Thomas Memoirs we have a variety of seasoned and professional interviewers—writers, journalists, clergy, counsellors, historians—who work with you to draw out your story in thoughtful and sympathetic ways.

We know which questions to start with and how to animate and craft your story when it may seem to be only a ragged series of distant and disjointed memories. We have developed a proprietary list of about 250 questions to help you to flesh out and articulate your story. The main themes of these introductory questions are:

  • Family History
  • Childhood
  • Family Activities
  • Family Livelihood
  • Special Occasions, Events and Activities
  • Friends and Games
  • Transportation and Surroundings
  • Education
  • Military Service
  • Career and Work Life
  • Social Life
  • Influences
  • Family Life, Relationships and Later Life
  • Personal Philosophy and Outlook
  • Miscellaneous

Our interviewers follow the path of your story, improvising where they need to, clarifying when they need to, and ensuring that the compelling components of your story are explored and developed.

We can also work with documents or other material you may have already produced. You may, for example, have begun to record your thoughts on paper, or spoken into a tape recorder as a way of beginning your memoir. We will work with what you have, adapt and augment it as needed, and help you prepare a professional and lasting memoir.

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Thomas Memoirs . . . Photography, Websites, CDs and DVDs

Thomas Memoirs offers a range of services to complement your written memoir. CD and DVD services, to capture and animate your life’s story. Oral history services to preserve your unique voice.


Thomas Memoirs . . . Production and Design

We integrate your story and your photographs—and other graphic material, including maps, paintings, honours, citations, et cetera—into elegant page design. We offer a complete range of production and design options to complement your story and ensure that you are pleased.


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