Lakeview | Chicago
"Family Stories" is an exciting new endeavor from Lakeview East local business
The initiative: Help families record their stories to pass down to future generations. The goal is to turn family trees into family libraries.
Your Story. Your Voice.
That makes your life complex and interesting. And it’s true for everyone in your family - from the spontaneous world travelers, to the recently retired grandfather, to the mother who has worked for as long as they can remember. It doesn’t matter where you come from or how much money you’ve made.
The stories you acquire over time deserve to be told. You’re entitled to have them written and recorded, to be passed down to future generations. What you’ve seen and learned in life should be memorialized.
How to get started
Sitting down at a computer and saying, "Alright, time to write a book," feels intimidating.
You don't have to do this all in one sitting. There's no rush. Play along with our story prompts or contact us directly and we can work with you one-on-one.
tell your stories
Whatever the end goal, whether you want to turn your stories into a book or have recordings, we are here to launch your project.
MEET THE TEAM
Chris loves to work with people as they take a brand new idea or a rough draft and turn it into a final book. Chris is the author of the Medium Rare blog on ChicagoNow. As an author, Chris tries to publish a book per year. His latest one is called "Here or There" and is available via Long Overdue Books.
Joy M. Lilley, Author
I bless the day I found Chris O'Brien on LinkedIn. For a long time I knew I needed more guidance with my writing. Chris helped me to understand what makes the reader want to keep turning the pages. He not only led me through the processes of writing, but he involved my contacts, mainly the people involved in my book club. He asked that they read the first 100 pages and make comments. At first I was concerned as to what might arise. Every comment was anonymous and I now realize the benefits of such a process.
Suffice it to say, Chris is a master of his art and I recommend him to any aspiring writer in any sphere of their writing life, particularly the retired, older writers of the world.
David Warden, Author
I had been writing a book as a hobby for a few years with no real idea on how to bring the project to completion. I met Chris O'Brien through LinkedIn and discussed the project and what was needed to bring it home. Chris was tremendously helpful in copyediting, recommending style changes and providing very well drawn art and had the book available on Kindle about a month after we first spoke. I am very proud of the finished book and would recommend Chris to anyone working on their own book project.
Jon Oldham, Author
Look at your bookshelf and ask yourself how many of those books you can still summarize? I asked myself the same question, and the answer was a paltry few. I love to read, but I wanted better recall...what is one to do? I decided to write about the books I read and eventually, that evolved into a blog and book series called Tackle the Library. There is no better way to learn than to write...that is my motivation as an author, and I hope my readers gain the same passion. I'm thankful to have this as an outlet to publish these stories.
WHAT WE’RE UP TO
We all have thousands of memories to tap into and use as material for our life stories. The good memories. The bad. The heroic. The tragic. And, of course, the cringe-worthy embarrassing moments. Even the memories that seem mundane or ordinary could become fascinating for a future generation.
Imagine 50 years from now there’s a child looking at their family tree. But instead of seeing names and dates, they see an entire bookshelf.
There’s a book of poems from their great grandpa. There’s the novel that grandma worked on for 10 years. There’s your book of memoirs with an intro chapter written just for them.
Social media doesn't feel like the right platform to tell meaningful life stories. It's great for sharing updates. Engagement announcements. Weddings. Baby photos. Travel photos. That epic dinner you had last night.
But it's only the highlight reel. And it lacks the nuance. There is more depth to each one of these moments. We believe stories are best shared offline.