Writing

Icarus Cemetery

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Writer, Award-Winning Author, Certified Editor

I’m an award-winning author with 25 years writing experience, and I’m also a certified editor with a BA in English. I know about writing and I know about publishing. Two of my books are traditionally published and I published three independently. I’ve worked with editors, designers, and publishers to create books I’m proud of. And I just finished working with a client to publish her first book.

My passion is storytelling, and I really like writing about history around which I can weave a colourful narrative. Recently, I’ve helped clients preserve their family stories in digital text form and in audio interviews. Memoir writing, crafting family histories, and ghostwriting is the work that suits me best.

I’ve had several years of experience as a newspaper columnist, and I still contribute to the local newspaper. My WordPress blog keeps me writing weekly, and it’s been fun to create audio to go along with each of my posts. My volunteer editing work for a non-profit organization has shown me that while I love telling stories, I also enjoy the editing process.

I’d love to hear about your fiction or non-fiction project idea. Please get in touch and let’s talk about how we can work together to make your words shine!

Here’s my post all about how you can record your family history or just a few golden family stories: How to Record Your Family Stories.

I helped a client publish her first book. Here’s what she told me about her experience:

Dear Lori,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for making my long-held dream come true.

When I first came to you, I had a vision in my mind.  I wanted to create a little book.   I knew what I wanted it to say, how I wanted the pages to feel and how I wanted to images to look.   I knew how I wanted people to be able to hold it and open it and use it.   I knew what I wanted but I had no idea how to make it happen.

The first gift you gave me on this project was acceptance.   You supported me emotionally as I took the leap to present my idea to the world.   You gave me confidence and encouraged me.   Thank you.

The second gift you gave me was peace of mind.   I was intimidated by my lack of knowledge.   I didn’t even know where to start.   You took over and handled all the details.   You managed the editing, the formatting and the printing.   You even helped steer me in the right direction about the binding.   You worked out details of things that I wouldn’t have even known to ask about.   You completely took the stress away for me.   Thank you.

The third gift was the book itself.   When I held the copy in my hands for the first time, I cried.   It was everything I imagined.   You have no idea what you have done for me.   Without you, this book would still just be a dream.   Thank you.

I look forward to your guidance in the future as we make electronic and audio versions available.

With deepest appreciation,

Wendy Olson-Lepchuk

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Wendy Olson-Lepchuk, Author and Clinical Hypnotherapist

Here’s what another recent client said about my writing services:

“I saw a post by Lori Knutson offering to help people get started on recording their family history, and I thought what a great service. My parents have so many stories I wanted in writing and I thought with her help we could make it happen. Once I contacted Lori, she was so efficient. She contacted my parents to set up a time to meet with them and audio tape their stories. She had all the stories written up and ready to share within a week of me contacting her. I enjoyed reading through the stories and I’m glad to have them in print.”

~ Joyce Sortland

So Many StoriesWriting Project Rate: $65/hour

This price is for writing projects for which I serve as your personal writer. You tell me what to write  and that’s what I’ll do for you. I’ll write your life story or family history. Got a book-length project in mind? We can discuss the project, and I’ll base the rate on its length and complexity. This is an excellent time to try out my writing services.

 

Bernices Endorsement

Here’s what I can write for you.

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Eulogies and Obituaries

“I reached out to Lori Knutson for help with writing my dad’s eulogy. I was kind of stumbling along. Lori took what I had down on paper and was quick with editing and polishing my work. She developed an ending to wrap things up too. Lori has a great way with words. Thank you for your help Lori.”

~ Patti Hovde

It can be difficult to write what your heart wants to say about your loved one, especially when you’re grieving. Let me help. Get in touch and let me know what you’d like to express. I’ll write the eulogy and obituary for you. That’s one less thing you’ll need to take care of.

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Memory Books

Dad's Photograph Book

A memory book I made for my dad.

Did you just get back from trip of a lifetime? Is someone’s life coming to a close? Did your family recently celebrate a special occasion? I can take your photos and memories, and with these I can create a beautiful memory book using an online publishing program. You can work with me each step of the way and when the project looks  exactly the way you want it to, I’ll publish as many books as you need.

 

 

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Family HistoryLife Story Ad

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Here’s an example of how I could write and design your stories.

Your family’s history is full of colourful stories. Maybe you’ve always wanted to write them, but you don’t know where to start. You could start by contacting me. Tell me your stories, and I’ll write them. We can include any photos you like. When your book is done, I’ll use an online publishing service to produce as many books as your family wants. Your family’s history will be in book form to be enjoyed now and by future generations. What a great legacy!

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Am I the writer for you?

If you think you’d like me to create a book-length project for you, let me do a three to five-page sample write. I’ll charge $95 (CAD) for this. You can read the sample pages over to see if I capture your ideas and if my writing style suits your story. If you like what you read, we’ll proceed with the project.

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Do you have a project idea?

If you have a writing project in mind, run your idea by me. It just might be something I can make happen for you. I’d happily create a three to five-page sample of your proposed project. You can read this over and see if my style suits yours. If you like what you see, we can move forward together.

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Your stories are intriguing! Let’s make them look great, too.

Get in touch.

Contact me with your project idea and I’ll let you know how I can help. Just fill out the contact form below and I’ll get back to you right away.

Me at the Provost Market

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