As members offer different services (e.g. some produce photo and text books, some record stories on films and some produce more detailed biographies), they set their own prices and these need to be negotiated directly with the respective member.
As an association, we promote all our members equally and do not take commissions on any work they may undertake for you. We have divided the members by the State in which they live but please be aware that some accept clients throughout Australia. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of being a member of our association and would like to apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also click here to view the membership categories and access the membership application form here.
N.S.W. (Full members)
My Business My Story (previously That's My Life)
Medium: Film Production
Name: Paul English and Alison Crossley
Description: We produce bespoke life story films between 25 to 40 minutes long presented on an elegantly presented DVD as well as a secure online version able to be shared and viewed with friends and family. We also produce storytelling snapshot films for businesses that are ideal for websites and social media.
Location: Austinmer NSW 2515 (near Sydney)
Mobile: 0412 088 499
Rose Osborne - Write My Journey/ The Writing Shed
Medium: Writing/ Books
Description: Write My Journey is a life story writing business that helps people introduce themselves to their future generations. Let your words linger beyond your lifetime. When you write your story and put it in a beautiful book with photographs you are creating your legacy. Write My Journey provides the following services: CorporateTribute, Album Biography, Memoir, Celebration of Life (ethical wills), Travel Albums, Community Groups
Location: Bangor, NSW 2234 (Sydney)
Mobile: 0407 487 495
Mark Koehler - Life Story Writing
Medium: Author/editor, Memoir ghostwriter
Name: Mark Koehler
Description: Author of 'Life Is A Story: How To Write Your Memoir', Mark is also a professional editor, mentor and ghostwriter for people producing their memoir. He founded LifeStory Writing to help people on their autobiographical journey and loves working with his clients whether it be writing or publishing, and the interviewing process to bring out your authentic voice.
Location: Goulburn NSW 2580
Mobile: 0408 006 211
Libby Harkness - Writer For Hire
Medium: Writing/ Books
Description: Professional ghostwriter, specialising in life stories/memoirs for commercial publication. 40 years experience as a journalist, editor, writer and published author. More than 35 published works including several best-selling books. Travels nationally and internationally for clients.
Location: Mona Vale, NSW 1660 (Sydney)
Mobile: 0411 477 200
Lucy Palmer - The Memoir Makers
Medium: Ghost Writer, Memoir Writer, Memoir Editor
Description: Lucy is an award-winning author, mentor, editor and journalist who specialises in recording and ghost writing memoirs. She is the author of 'A Bird on My Shoulder' and ghost writer & editor of 'Playing the Game: Life and Politics in Papua New Guinea' by Sir Julius Chan.
Location: Kangaloon, NSW 2576 (Southern Highlands)
Mobile: 040666 1244
N.S.W. (Associate members)
Victoria (Full members)
Gillian Ednie - Your Biography
Medium: Writing/ Books/ eBooks
Description: Your Biography is committed to helping individuals, families and organisations preserve their life stories and values for the benefit of current and future generations. Our goal is to help people record and review the extraordinary and ordinary aspects of their lives, their triumphs and their struggles, and the lessons learned along the way.
Location: Melbourne Victoria
Mobile: 0425 770 605
Ann Bolch - A Story To Tell
Medium: Writing/ Books/ Photographic
Description: We help writers, business and families tell their stories. Your memoir may be all in your head or you may have been journalling for years. No matter the stage of your story, we help you understand the possibilities and provide a service that responds to your aims, dream and budget. Get in touch to find out how we give voice to people's stories.
Location: Woodend Victoria 3442
Phone: 03 542 73336
Deborah Gough - Stories To Keep
Medium: Writing/ Books/ Video
Description: Writer and long-time Age journalist, Deborah uses her skills in interviewing, writing and layout to bring memories and life stories into light. From an in depth interview to a hardcover book set in newspaper-style, Stories to Keep will uncover unknown stories from the family vault and present them in a way to keep forever.
Location: Brunswick, Victoria 3056
Phone: 0417 336 997
Des Tobin - Killaghy Publishing
Medium: Writing and speaking
Description: Des Tobin spent 45 years in funeral service and is a 'pioneer' of Australian death and bereavement educational programs. The author of five biographies and an accomplished public speaker, Des is available for speaking engagements and to write life stories for family or commercial distribution.
Location: Malvern, Victoria 3144
Sally-Anne Watson Kane - On Time Typing
Description: Scribing life stories while you speak, face to face or via telephone. Editing your handwritten or typed story. Producing your story as a book – including typing, editing, design and self-publishing services. We welcome storytellers of all abilities, backgrounds and levels of English, and specialise in editing stories of traumatic experiences.
Location: Moe, Gippsland, Vic. Will travel to Central Victoria and Melbourne.
Phone: 041 933 78 24
Medium: books, mixed media
Kerry Anderson is committed to sharing positive stories of people, communities and businesses. Whether it is writing content for a website, social media and print media; or researching, writing and publishing a book, Kerry can help articulate your story sensitively and positively. And why stop there? Video stories are incredibly powerful in this incredibly exciting digitally connected world. Let’s talk.
Lindy Schneider - Writer
Medium: Print/ Books
Description: Lindy is a freelance writer with a special interest in telling the stories of women, the ordinary and the marginalised. She works with sensitivity and heart to help bring a story to the page – as a writer, ghostwriter and coach – and has experience in self-publishing and book marketing. She has more than 25 years' experience and a passion for memoir and writing as a method of healing.
Location: Warburton, Yarra Valley
Mobile: 0417 365 697
Renée Otmar – writer, editor & coach
Medium: writer/ghostwriter/editor (books and blogs)
Description: Every life has a legacy. Personal, professional and family stories are important opportunities for healing, sharing and documenting our local and national histories. I’ve been a professional writer and editor for 30+ years. I specialise in helping retired professionals and organisations to preserve their legacy and share their contributions with the world: auto/biographies, memoirs, tributes, life stories, anniversaries and service histories.
Location: Mt Duneed, Victoria (Greater Geelong region)
Mobile: 0409 792 799
Victoria (Allied members)
Susan Pierotti - Creative Text Solutions
Description: Creative Text Solutions is your self-publishing advice hub. Established by Susan Pierotti, Creative Text Solutions partners with authors and storytellers to get that idea into the head to a book in the hand. Susan is an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).
Location: Box Hill North, Victoria 3129
Phone: 0437 127 159
Victoria (Associate members)
Queensland (Full members)
Michael Taylor - Number 41
Medium: Biography and memoir writing.
Description: Michael is a full-time writer who specialises in biographies and memoirs. He gathers the jigsaw pieces of a life and puts them together to make a readable and entertaining story of a person's life.
Location: Cooroy Qld 4563
Phone: 0413 994 329
Vicki MacPherson - Your Story Told
Medium: Published Form
Description: Vicki provides a service sitting and listening to the stories of (mostly) older people and records them (in voice) and written form into a published form of their choice. Her services provide an outlet for people in residential care and their families to tell their story and help reconciliation and healing.
Location: Samford Valley Qld
Mobile: 042 891 2233
Robin Storey - Storey-Lines
Description: An author and life story writer, Robin has been in the writing industry for over thirty years. With compassion and empathy, she will transform your life experiences into a story that will move and delight you, while keeping in mind that it is your story to be told the way you want.
Mobile: 0402 937 773
Queensland (Allied member)
Margie Riley - Better Manuscript Editing
Medium: Books, Audio
Description: A reader for as long as she can remember, Margie's developed a deep love of the written word. She's a founder member of a local book club which is celebrating its 35th year. Margie's helped many clients while editing their work and has worked closely with those writing autobiographies and biographies.
Location: Cedar Creek Qld
Mobile: 0438 291 147
South Australia (Full members)
Annie Payne - History From The Heart
Medium: Print/ Books
Description: Today it's easier than ever to save your stories for your children, grandchildren and future family generations. You now have a voice into the future. Annie has been helping people save their stories since 1988 and has yet to hear a boring story - despite being told countless times "You won't be interested in my story"
Location: Adelaide S.A.
Mobile: 0438 838 975
Heather Millar - Life Stories Ink / Zest Communications
Medium: Memoir, auto/biography, non-fiction, blogs
Description: Heather is a ghostwriter and editor of memoir, biography, life stories and other non-fiction works. She has a 25-year background in publishing and editing in London and Australia. An IPEd accredited editor and qualified counsellor, Heather is particularly interested in stories about overcoming trauma and hardship, recovery and self-help. She has also worked with people who are palliative.
Location: Aldinga Beach (travels to clients throughout Australia)
Mobile: 0409 196 401
Luisa Redford - It's Your Story
Medium: Writing/ Books
Description: It's Your Story's professional life writing and memoir service will eliminate the hassle of writing without compromising on telling your story in your own words. It's a rewarding experience that will help you observe your life and contribution to the world. It's a personal service that will flood the project with your heart and soul. Your legacy, your story, your words.
Location: Willunga, SA
Phone: 0439 681 560
Tasmania (Full members)
Michael Collins - Memoirs & Writing
Medium: Print/ Books
Description: Years of writing memoirs, books, short stories, and commercial copy have taught me that my empathy, humour, and pragmatism are attributes greatly appreciated by my clients and their readers. Combine that with the story you want to tell and we have a team – you and I.
Together, and in total confidence, we collaborate to tell your story in your way and your voice.
Location: Hobart (travels to clients throughout Australia)
Mobile: 0412 487 975
Rhuwina Griffiths - This is Your Life Story
Medium: Research, writing, book reviewing and training
Description: Rhuwina is a ghostwriter and life story mentor with over 25 years' experience in research, writing, and running life story courses and workshops. She is passionate about empowering people with the skills to write interesting and engaging stories about themselves and their family and to have fun while being creative.
Phone: 08 9332 1986