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"Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890-1950"
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Audiotaped Interviews
The heart of a good life story is found in a series of interviews with the storyteller that are recorded and then transcribed. Ideally, the interviews will unfold as a series of animated informal conversations between the storyteller and an enthusiastic, engaged, supportive, patient, intuitive, and sensitive listener—the interviewer. To ensure this success, we observe a number of guidelines.
 
A primary concern is doing everything possible to set understandably nervous storytellers at ease and draw them out. We choose an environment that is friendly and relaxing for the storyteller—and free of distractions! Often this is the storyteller's home or office. The interviews are informal and warm in nature.
 
While the interviews are structured, using carefully selected questions, they are also intuitive. The interviewer is always ready to explore subjects that the storyteller introduces unexpectedly.
 
A crucial element of any interview is a respect for privacy. Every storyteller has things that they don’t want to talk about. A good interviewer respects that. Conversely, a storyteller may reveal secrets and confidences that no one else knows. A good interviewer also keeps those secrets.
 
Our recording equipment is unobtrusive yet picks up every word clearly. By prior arrangement, we can make an audio CD of the interviews.


"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.

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Lifewriters.ca provides a broad range of services in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These include freelance editor, freelance writer, ghost writer, publication design, book design, personal historian, transcription services, memoirs, family history, corporate history, life stories, biographies, autobiographies. Lifewriters is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and the Editors' Association of Canada.