HOW IT WORKS THE STORY TERRACE PROCESS | STEP 4

Your own Story Book – How does it work? In six simple steps, you can take part in creating your life story to save and share for generations to come. In this article learn more about Step 4. Decide on the structure of your story book and send us your photos  The writer proposes a structure for your Story Book after working with all the material collated. As soon as you’re satisfied with the proposed, he or she starts writing your book. During this phase, you can expect some extra questions from the writer to gain any missing information - filling in and padding out areas of the story Read more

Unique gifting ideas for the Man Who Has Everything

This month at Story Terrace it’s all about unique gifting ideas for the man that has everything... So it’s that time of year again when everyone is thinking about purchasing unique Christmas gifts but surely it’s fun and rewarding delving into our pockets to buy for the one’s we love.  That is, when it’s easy and you know what somebody wants or needs! But what about that special man in your life who owns everything? Or that elusive man in the family who honestly never reveals what he wants - what on earth do you buy for him? From the team here at Story Terrace, here are some perfect Read more

StoryStarter has arrived

MEET FOUNDERS ON WED 4/11 at STAND D323 Story Terrace launches StoryStarter, a group-gifting platform to collaboratively create a ghostwritten biography  Part of the changing face of crowdfunding and the revolution in publishing Contribute stories, photos and funds all in one place The most accessible and collaborative way to capture one’s life story London/ Dublin — November 4th, 2015. Story Terrace, ‘Everyone’s Personal Biographer’, is launching Read more

The Importance of Life Writing

In each field of research, there are those scrupulous academic wonders who know their subject down to the tiniest detail. For the study of life writing, Craig Howes is the one to talk to. The director of the Centre for Biographical Research in Hawai‘i discusses developments in Life Writing, constructing identity through Facebook, and the huge surge in interest in writing down one’s own life story. Hawai‘i as the centre A green button appears on my screen; Mister Howes is calling in from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He opens the Skype conversation, enables the camera, and pops up dressed in Read more

HOW IT WORKS: THE STORY TERRACE PROCESS | STEP 3

In six simple steps, you can take part in creating your life story to save and share for generations to come. In this article learn more about Step 3. The Interview How? Once you’re matched with your Story Terrace accredited ghostwriter, and you’ve filled out your Story Terrace questionnaire (step 2) you will be interviewed by him or her. Your ghostwriter is there to help you find your voice and write your story in the most conscientious way. This meeting needs to be extremely beneficial to you both. You’ve been matched to you writer through us at Story Terrace so a connection Read more

Storytelling: The Power of Stories

By Liset Hamming, guest writer Story Terrace Storytelling: On the Power of Stories ‘When the first men started telling stories to one another, so came an end to Chaos’. Imme Dros, Greek Myths, from Vertel, over de kracht van verhalen (Storytelling: On the Power of Stories) by Christien Brinkgreve, 2014. Christien Brinkgreve, until recently a professor of social sciences at Utrecht University, argues in her latest book Vertel, over de kracht van verhalen for the importance of stories. ‘It’s through stories that we learn how to empathise with others, and in this way the real world becomes Read more

How It Works: The Story Terrace Process

The Story Terrace process is simple yet meaningful - find out how it works! In six simple steps, you can take part in creating your life story to save and share for generations to come. Learn more about Step 1 below. Step 1: Finding Your Writer Tell us a bit about yourself and what kind of writer you are looking for It's important to us to make the right match between storyteller and writer, as it's truly the key to a lovely book. Once you get in touch with Story Terrace we can talk about your story and your writer preferences. Maybe you’d like to work with a writer who shares your passion Read more

Writer Profile: Rebecca Coxon

Story Terrace Launch in London 2015
L to R: Story Terrace founder, Rutger Bruining; Story Terrace customer, Ichko Gombodorj; Story Terrace writer, Rebecca Coxon; Story Terrace UK Editor, Emily McCracken Writer Profile: Rebecca Coxon Every Story Terrace client is integral to the creation of each book so, then, are their writers - the individual that takes the time to listen to the stories and weave them together so that they may be shared and enjoyed by those lucky enough to read them. In our Writer Profile posts we put a spotlight on the talented writers who use their unique skills to bring out the stories of other people's Read more

Memories: the Importance of Sharing Them

Without our memories we risk a traceless presence.
Memories are the adhesive that fastens pictures to the walls of the rooms of our past. Over time the tenacity of the glue may start to wear, the frames may tilt and you see the images from a different angle; or they might drop off the wall completely. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” - Søren Kierkegaard Memory is the lens through which we gaze into the future. Our past experiences, emotions, observations; our sense of identity ultimately shapes our future thoughts and actions. And they are constructed through the tinted viewfinder of our mental memoirs. Documenting Read more

Quick Tips for Digitizing Your Old Photos

Quick Tips for Digitizing Your Old Photos We know where all of your cherished memories are hiding...in dusty old boxes at the back of your closet! The task of organizing, digitizing and archiving your old photos can seem like an overwhelming, never-ending job, but luckily there are lots of options out there today to help you get started before any of your treasured collection is gone for good. Accidents and aging can and will happen! Use our tips below to get started digitizing your old photos so they can be easily shared for many years to come. First, start organizing... 1. Before you Read more

Interview: Vintage Photo Lab

Interview: Vintage Photo Lab Photos are treasured pieces of our personal histories that have the power to bring back old experiences. At the same time, most people have these treasures stuffed into boxes at the back of a closet that are only dug out when the occasion demands. Reliving past memories shouldn’t be a chore. We spoke with a man who’s made it his mission to ensure your old photos and memories are more accessible and safer than ever by converting them to digital copies. In our interview, Ed Padmore, founder of Vintage Photo Lab, talks about his motivations for leaving his career Read more

Father’s Day: Get to Know Dad Better!

4 out of 5 people wished they knew more about their father's lives An estimated 4,444,500* stories will be told to children this Father's Day Research of 2000 people commissioned last month revealed that 4 in every 5 children (88%) wished they knew more about the lives of their fathers, with 1 in 6 people revealing they actually knew more stories about their mother than father. An estimated 4,444,500* stories will be told by fathers to their family this Sunday making an average of one story per father, with 47% of respondents describing accounts about their life as 'funny' closely followed by Read more

Intro Talking Money UK

This month we’ll be sharing money-related stories in the broadest sense. We won’t just be covering corporate success stories, but will look at the meaning of money and ways it is used from different angles. Expect an interview with an employee at a mint and a discussion with someone from a Local Exchange and Trade System.

Everything for Nothing

Everything for Nothing Getting something for nothing has taken on a whole new meaning, especially for the members of a bartering group in Amsterdam called Noppes, or For Nothing. Members buy products and services using their own currency: Nothings. Here chairwoman Jacquelien tells us about the concept. It was back in 1997 that Jacquelien joined For Nothing, which had been active for four years. ‘I’d heard about the initiative, but only really came into contact with them when I visited a neighbourhood market they organised. At the entrance, visitors of the gathering could buy Nothings for Read more

What connects us are our stories

What Connects Us Are Our Stories Annegreet van Bergen’s book ‘Gouden Jaren’ (Golden Years, ed.) has a firm position in the top five bestsellers , showing up there for the 29th week in a row. Alongside stories of everyday life, Annegreet describes the growth of prosperity in the past half century. Stories that spark recognition and connection. Fresh pineapple  ‘One morning a few years ago, I was preparing a pineapple when I suddenly realised how special I had found that fruit when I was little. My father, a manager at a publishing company, got a fresh pineapple as a Christmas gift Read more

Theme Introduction Icy Adventures

This month, we have a very chilly repertoire of icy adventures on our menu. We’ll be sharing stories of ice and snow from the freezing corners of the world. There’s the story of a famous adventurer who defies the coldest areas in the world’s lowest temperatures, a winter Olympian who shares his experiences at Sochi 2014 and a person who’s conquering the cold every day to live in one of the northernmost areas of the world.

Introduction Theme Family

In December we’re collecting some wonderful family stories for the theme ‘It’s all in the family.’ You can read about a family with a remarkable attitude towards life. We talk to an expert on genealogy, and meet a family with five living generations.

Intro Romance of the Railways

Who doesn’t, once in a while, long for the romance of travelling on an old-fashioned steam train on the railways? The big leather suitcases, the vintage coaches, a three-course dinner in the restaurant car. This month, we indulge in a touch of nostalgia and put the most delightful stories about train travel, then and now, on our menu.

Traveling On the Trans-Siberian Express

Traveling on the Trans-Siberian Express A Romance of Vodka and Plastic Flowers A journey through seven time zones along 9,000 kilometres of rail. One that starts in Saint Petersburg and goes through the heart of Siberia, then via Mongolia to Beijing. Traveling on the Trans-Siberian Express is the dream of many travellers. Frieda, travel specialist at KILROY Netherlands, tells us about her trip. By Anne Brugts, Content Manager, Story Terrace  It had been on her bucket list for a while already, this trans-Siberian and trans-Mongolian journey. ‘I’ve always loved train travel. The combination Read more

‘I always thought it came from the speakers’

Everyone can play the piano at Amsterdam Centraal Station When I walk into the hall on the east side of Amsterdam Centraal Station, the sounds of Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ come floating my way. Behind a big black grand piano, set up in a corner between two pillars, a man is seated with his collar high up his neck and a hood pulled over his head. Firmly he plays the instrument, seemingly impervious to the freezing draught that blows through the hall.  The piano at Amsterdam Centraal Station is part of a Dutch Railways project that partners with local organisations; they place pianos in Read more

Queries about the past: Researching our ancestors

Queries about the past: Our ancestors Who are my ancestors? Where did they live? And what did they do? As our desire to learn more about our past grows, multiple television shows and websites are springing up to help answer these important questions. Genealogy expert Josca Koster is here to tell us about the value of the answers we might receive. The ego document  By the time she launched her service researching family trees, she had already reconstructed her own back in 1982. ‘I used to regularly walk past the statue of Laurens Janszoon Coster in Haarlem, and sometimes I’d joke and Read more

The Family Christmas Dinner

 The Family Christmas Dinner To get you in the mood for tonight, we’ve collected some quirky family pictures of Christmas dinners in the first half of the 20th century.       ____________  By Anne Brugts, content manager   About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books alongside a professional writer. Our writers have a range of backgrounds and interests, sharing one passion: Portraying individuals through carefully crafted anecdotes and lively stories. For more information on having your stories Read more

The Angel, Mary and a Monkey

A fancy dress Christmas dinner The Christmas dinner. Iconic for happiness and the warmth of family gathering as well as unexpected turns and unusual company. We strolled the streets for the best Christmas dinner anecdotes and found Peter and Bruno with their biblical fancy dress dinner. ‘To me, Christmas is for family,’ Bruno starts. ‘But I’m from Brazil and since I live in the Netherlands, I don’t always get to join them for the holidays. That’s why last year, we decided to have Christmas dinner with friends.’ ‘All of our friends are artists,’ adds Peter. ‘We love Read more

Nine Kids Aboard a Camper Van

Nine Kids Aboard a Camper Van Life in the Paskowitz Surf Family By Anne Brugts, Content Manager, Story Terrace  Your family shapes the person you are. It influences the way you act, think and make your choices in life. Though some families have greater influence than others. Take families that are raised according to a powerful system of belief. Following his own doctrine of surfing, Dr Paskowitz raised his family to think, feel and act surfwise.  Dr Dorian ‘Doc’ Paskowitz gave up his career as a doctor to live a life according to his beliefs. Using animal behaviour as the basis of his Read more

Using Kinship Terms

Kinship Terms When researching a family project there's always the struggle of figuring out how exactly to refer to a distant relative. Have you always wondered how you should refer to your grandfather's grandfather? Do you struggle to make out who someone is talking about if they're using the term 'first cousin once removed'? Check out this genealogy table to get all the answers! Hopefully now, the terms in your family tree make more sense. Especially if you've managed to trace further back than five generations like one of our customers. Sue Hodges was able to trace her genealogy Read more

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