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FEATURED: THE DREAM TEAM

11stories is thrilled to announce our selection as a member of the Dream Team, a curated group of book experts offering services ranging from book development, writing, layout and design. The Dream Team is managed by Blurb, the highly successful publishing platform. Many folks know Blurb as the place to get beautiful, high quality photo books printed. But what you …

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STORYTELLING: JENA & JAKE

JENA:  With our kids, I definitely want to convey to them, “Marry the right person.” And that’s going to mean different things to different people, but to me that means, “Marry someone who ‘gets’ you.”  Who you don’t have to explain your sense of humor to them, you just don’t have to explain. I mean, certainly you’ll have to communicate …

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WHY WE LOVE THE LOVE STORY

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and some of our clients in the midst of wedding planning, I wanted to reflect on why the Love Story is such a special part of the work we do at 11stories. So why do I love the Love Story? Let me count the ways… Each couple’s story is both unique and universal. …

FEATURED: THE BOLD ITALIC

A big welcome to The Bold Italic readers, we’re so glad you’re here!  We had such a wonderful time working with clients we met last year through The Bold Italic, and we can’t wait to meet more of you this year! 11stories is thrilled to be included in their 2015 Wedding Guide, and for more inspiration you can visit their …

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BEHIND THE SCENES: THE 11STORIES REBRAND

About this time last year, I embarked on the great rebranding adventure of 2014. The results includes a fresh new web design and a greater ability to meet the needs of an expanding and sophisticated clientele.  So what exactly happened on this adventure? Let’s find out… First things first, my partners in crime were the kick-ass team at Big Deal …

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HAPPY NEW YEAR: TAKING TIME FOR REFLECTION

When I ask clients about their experience with the storytelling process, they inevitably say how much they love the chance to reflect, to take a moment in their busy lives to look at where they’ve been and where they are headed. The start of a new year is a wonderful time for reflection, to look at the year past and …

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THE GIFT OF THE EXPERIENCE

It seems that the older I get, the more I understand the appeal of the “experience” gift. Perhaps it’s the fact that with age comes the sense that time is slipping away from us. Perhaps it’s an understanding that our memories and shared experiences are far more valuable than any sweater or (gasp) new pair of shoes. Don’t get me …

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FEATURED: BERKELEY INNOVATORS

11stories is proud to be featured in the University of California, Berkeley INNOVATORS program, a group of Berkeley alumni entrepreneurs. My work is greatly influenced by my time at U.C. Berkeley.  During my Ph.D. program at Berkeley, I honed my interviewing, writing, and research skills.  And as a member of the faculty at Berkeley, I applied those skills to a …

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A MODERN APPROACH TO PERSONAL HISTORIES

This year has brought an unprecedented number of clients to 11stories, and each and every one of those clients has expanded my notion of what it means to be a personal historian today. I’ve always believed that the experience of recording life’s stories is just as important for a young entrepreneur as it is for the retiree, just as relevant …

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STARTING THE CONVERSATION: THE THANKSGIVING EDITION

Ah yes, the holiday season is here. We gather together to share food, fun, and… awkward conversation?! Even in the best of circumstances, it can be a challenge to navigate topics of conversation at a family dinner. Is it o.k. to ask about your little cousin’s job search? Do you want to hear about your baby nephew’s sleep schedule? Are …

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STORYTELLING: JESS & BRENDAN

Brendan hired 11stories to do a Love Story as an anniversary gift for Jess.  Simple enough, but the catch was that the whole project was a surprise for Jess! The challenge:  conduct a 2 hour couple interview with Brendan and Jess while keeping the project a surprise for Jess.  This project included the couple interview as well as interviews with …

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BOOK STORIES: THE DESIGN

Welcome to Anatomy of a Personal History Book. From our conversations to record your stories to the end result of you holding a beautiful custom book in your hands, how does it all happen? Let’s find out! Being a Personal Historian allows me to use my academic research experience and analytic training (during the interview process and the story structure) …

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STORYTELLING: LEO PORTER

Leo’s children wanted to do something special to celebrate Leo’s upcoming 75th birthday, so they gave their father a gift certificate for a Life Story.  As Leo’s son explained, “my dad has given us so much, and honoring his experiences is just a small way that we can give back to him.” We agreed to focus the project on the …

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BOOK STORIES: THE STORY

Welcome to Anatomy of a Personal History Book. From our conversations to record your stories to the end result of you holding a beautiful custom book in your hands, how does it all happen? Let’s find out! Soon after we finish our Interview Sessions, I will listen to the recordings and carefully transcribe your stories. Once I have a complete …

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BOOK STORIES: THE INTERVIEW

Welcome to Anatomy of a Personal History Book – a new installment of Book Stories, where we explore the process of creating an 11stories Life Story or Love Story book. From our conversations to record your stories to the end result of you holding a beautiful custom book in your hands, how does it all happen? Let’s find out! Each …