Are you looking for a meaningful project during these Quarantine Days? This is the perfect time to organize your family photos, sift through your boxes of keepsakes and start writing your life story. Touchstone Storytelling can help you get started by sharing writing prompts, organization tips and daily exercises to jump-start your memoir. Start today by recording or writing your thoughts about the pandemic. Contact me to help you preserve your legacy.
I will be joining Shirley Splittstoesser’s “The Making of a Memoir: Writing your Life Story” at Heartland Community College in Normal on April 22. The two-part class begins April 15. If you are interested in registering, please visit Heartland Community College’s website.
I will be joining Shirley Splittstoesser’s “The Making of a Memoir: Writing your Life Story” at Heartland Community College in Normal on Oct. 24. The two-part class begins Oct. 17th. If you are interested in registering, please visit HCC.
Touchstone Storytelling will be a guest presenter at the April 9th Memoir Writing class at Parkland College. Details here.
BLOOMINGTON – I was thrilled to be featured in the Small Business Development Center’s December newsletter. You can check out my business profile here. Thanks to the SBDC for helping guide me in my sales and marketing efforts. Their business acumen has proven invaluable!
Listen here as Charlene Homan, owner/writer of Touchstone Storytelling talks about her newest book offerings – Adoption Books for children on WJBC. She was featured with the directors of the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.
BLOOMINGTON — Charlene Homan will be presenting at Home Sweet Home Ministries Women’s Auxiliary’s monthly meeting Monday, November 12 at noon.
Her presentation will focus on the importance of storytelling and how to preserve your story or the stories of a loved one.
Home Sweet Home’s Women’s Auxiliary hosts monthly meetings at Home Sweet Home Ministries, 303 E. Oakland Avenue, Bloomington, at noon with a potluck luncheon and a program. All are welcome to attend.
Check out their quarterly newsletter here: https://hshministries.org/file/499/HSHM_Oct2018_FINAL.pdf
I believe it is important for a child to always know their story. Adoption, just like one’s eye or hair color, is part of who a child is. Creating an Adoption Storybook is one way to memorialize the roots of your child’s Forever Family.
A customized Adoption Storybook captures and shares your child’s unique adoption story. Whether adopted as an infant or an older child, your child’s Storybook reflects his or her story told in simple language and colorful photos.
There are many wonderful adoption story books on the market today, but your unique story is just as exceptional as your child. Your photos, mementos and more can be scanned and shared in your book to make it truly one-of-a-kind.
What’s the process?
- Contact Charlene at Touchstone Storytelling via the Contact Form below to begin.
- Charlene will contact you and discuss your story. A questionnaire will be sent to you. Once information is gathered, photos and mementos can be uploaded.
- A first draft of the book will be emailed to you for your approval. Upon approval, the book will be designed with your photos and scanned mementos.
- A final draft of the book will be emailed to you for your approval. Once you approve the book and its contents, it will be sent to the printer. You may order one or more books.
- Books are shipped directly to you.
How much does a book cost?
Creation of your book is billed at $40 per hour. Most books are a two-hour project based on a 12-page book with standard text and one photo per page. Book prices are based on the size and number of pages. Most book projects range between $100-$150.
What are the Storybook details?
Books can be any page length. Books are full-color. Sizes offered are:
- Small Square (7×7 in., 18×18 cm)
- Standard Portrait (8×10 in., 20×25 cm)
- Standard Landscape (10×8 in., 25×20 cm)
- Large Square (12×12 in., 30×30 cm)
- Large Landscape (13×11 in., 33×28 cm)
Lay-flat options are available with a 20-page minimum. A range of paper types is also available for an additional charge. E-books are also available with a hard-back book order.
Adoption story books are ideal for ages three and up. See Touchstone Storytelling’s Adoption Board Books for babies – three years of age. Touchstone Storytelling also offers Adoption Journey Books for families who wish to record their adoption process in a more detailed way. See the Adoption Journey Books link for more information.