Family memoirs

Since before we could speak, humans have been swapping stories. Around campfires, over the phone, through books ...

You've always wanted to get these family memories down, but don't know where to start.

Why not start here?

Hiring a writer to facilitate the gathering, collating and/or writing of the stories means the job gets done. It also means that family baggage doesn't get in the way. (Picture Mum's favourite That street always reminds me story or Grandad's hundredth telling of How I met Gran.) We ask, listen and record with fresh ears and compassion.

We offer three different ways to help your family record your memories, but if you don’t see what you need in the offerings below, get in touch to talk us through your thoughts.



Hear them speak

The sound of their voice brings back so many memories as well as the stories that voice brings with it.

We guide the storyteller through a number of questions to enable and record an enjoyable and supported trip down memory lane. It’s easy to share the finished product – a few hours’ recording of the highlights of their life. Old, young or in the middle, we provide the prompts so that their stories stay with you.

Hear them speak is the simplest service we offer at A story to tell …

The full service includes:

  • Six facilitated weekly ‘chats’
  • Chats are 45 minutes each
  • Final product: an MP3 audio file.


$975 + travel.*

Don't fret if this is too costly ...

You can make up your own gift for someone or even yourself. If you want to trial our services and/or check in to learn more about the process, you can choose any number of sessions for $195 each. For example, two sessions would cost $390 (+ travel) and provide you with 90 minutes of verbal stories recoded in MP3 format.


Tell the tale

If you want something to hold, to flick through and pass around to friends and family, this service could be for you.

We prompt the storyteller with various questions that encourages sharing their favourite tales. Sometimes, we even get new ones out of them! Old, young or in the middle, we provide the prompts so that their stories stay with you.

This service includes:

  • Six facilitated weekly ‘chats’
  • Chats 45 minutes each
  • Recorded in MP3 format
  • Each interview transcribed word for word (the ums and false starts removed)
  • ‘Chapters’ read back to and approved by interviewee each week
  • Proofread story
  • Up to twenty photos added
  • Document provided in print-ready format, suitable for printing to A4.


$4490, including travel within 30 kilometres of Melbourne, Sydney, Bendigo or Woodend CBD, Victoria. (Further away incurs a separate travel charge.)*

Note: Tell the tale can also be divided into smaller chunks, for people who're not sure about the process or don't have a spare five grand! A mini, word-only Tell the tale consists of:

  • One chat of 45 minutes recorded in MP3 format
  • Recording is transcribed. Chapter emailed to client for approval.
  • Final is proofread and ready for printing to A4.
  • (Photos and printing not included in mini Tell the tale.)

Price: $390 + travel.

Want to bring those stories together in a different way? contact us. 

Build the book

Imagine the thrill of your own book in your hot little hands! What a reward for a life well lived.

Starting from handwritten letters, diaries or notes is fine by us. Or we can weave the story together over a series of chats. We’ve worked with people who have been keen to tell their story for years and others who are surprised that someone thinks they might have something to say …

This custom service responds to your needs and guides you through the steps to ensure a beautiful book lands right in your lap. A story to tell can do any or all of the following:

  • Refine the story idea
  • Interview and record the subject
  • Transcribe the interviews
  • Decipher and organise existing material
  • Redraft according to feedback
  • Design the document
  • Liaise with book cover designer and printer.

Prices start from around $8500.

Is it time to start? Contact us.



Our role is to help you tell the best story you can. No matter which stage of the writing process you find yourself in, we offer professional guidance about how to move closer to your writing goal.

Contact us to find out how.