How to write a memoir, life story, or family history (Personal track)

This fun, self-pace course will give you confidence to start and finish an engaging life story
  • How to write a memoir, life story, family history
  • $137 USD

    Learn how to write, storyboard, and record your personal story.

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Course Summary

Learn how to write, storyboard, and record your personal story. Whether you are working on a memoir or family history, you will gain tools and confidence to finish. Thought-provoking, self-paced lessons and video tutorials. Includes 12-month access and group discussions. This course has been newly updated in 2021 and includes several bonus lessons if you want to do a deeper dive in some areas. This course can be finished in a weekend, over the course of a month, or take your time over a year. 


“I have loved your classes. They have changed my life. I now feel inspired to share with others.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Life Story' class at Weber State. The storyboard info was marvelous and extremely helpful...”
"Thank you! Best class I attended at RootsTech."
“I never realized how important writing is to me...I feel blessed to have found your class! Thank you for giving me the tools, and now the confidence, to take the words from my head and place them on paper. You are a fabulous teacher."
“Thank you for teaching this class. It is making my life better and giving me the encouragement I need to finish my book.”
“Your class was a delightful learning experience. It was nice to realize that a few well-told stories of the most impactful lessons of your life are enough to pass on to posterity. Thanks again for your inspiration.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It is patterned after my 4-week in-person class that spans 8 hours of class time. There are fun exercises to do on your own. You could finish it in a day, a weekend, or a month. You will have access to the course for a full year. 

Yes. You can start or stop whenever you like and work on a schedule that is comfortable for you. The lessons are organized in short, bite-sized chunks to make it easy to start and stop.

This is meant to be an introductory guide to give an overview of the whole writing process with practical tools along the way. Many beginners take this class, as well as people who have already done a lot of work on their stories.

About two-thirds of the lessons are short videos (mostly 3-5 minutes). There are also printables and hands-on exercises to hone your skills. You will learn by doing.

Some of the videos formatted like it's just you and me together one-on-one, some are from a half-day class I filmed specifically so it would feel like you're there in a group, and some are tutorials narrated by me. 

Course Curriculum


Rhonda Lauritzen

Rhonda Lauritzen is a professional biographer with multiple published books. She specializes in life stories, collecting oral history, and historical storytelling. She earned an MBA from the University of Utah and was selected as the Outstanding Graduate in her undergrad major. Before she founded Evalogue.Life in 2016, she served as a college marketing director, Vice President, and a corporate CEO. In 2007, her writing journey began with her parents’ family business saga, which became her first book. Since then, she has been hired to help tell the stories of families, cities, and nonprofits. She believes that when you tell your story, it changes the ending. This is why her passion is teaching, coaching, and presenting at conferences.