Sarah Ryder - Life Story Writer

Sarah Ryder - Forget Me Not Life Stories Writer

Phone:  03 547 0121
Mobile: 0274 496 572
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B.A, GradDipJournalism, Cert Creative Writing

I feel fortunate that I get to spend time doing what I love: talking to incredible people about their lives. I’ve worked on stories for high country farmers, para troopers, entrepreneurs, teachers, travelling salesmen and missionaries and I'm now convinced there really is no such thing as an ordinary life.

Based in Nelson, my qualifications include: a Bachelor of Arts degree (psychology major) from the University of Canterbury; a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Aoraki Polytechnic and a Certificate in Creative Writing from NMIT. Other training includes award-winning author Patricia Charpentier’s Edit like an Expert online course and an Essentials of Oral History workshop through the Alexander Turnbull Library. I’m proud to be a member of Nelson Historical Society.

Nowadays I do contract life story writing work for Forget Me Not Life Stories alongside my role as village coordinator at Stillwater Lifecare and Village in Richmond.

"A work of art"

To me working with Sarah and writing my book brought back many long-lost memories. Sarah was very helpful and good to work with and answered all my questions. I am very pleased with the outcome, especially the design as it turned it from just a life story into a work of art. I hope it will inspire members of my family to write their story at some stage.

Brian Lane

Life Story writer: Sarah Ryder

"One hundred percent-plus"

The service received to produce my book from inception to finish was one hundred percent-plus.

Sarah is a special person and we hit it off from day one. It was a pleasure.

The finished product has exceeded my expectations.

Stewart McSkimming

Life Story Writer: Sarah Ryder

Stewart's book Go Hard or Go Home is being used as a fundraiser for the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust that Stewart is an ambassador for. 

Kathy Pedersen with her life story book

"The whole project was most enjoyable"

Working with Sarah was great. She asked the right questions to make the book flow.  I cannot fault any aspects of our work together. I'm very pleased with the finished book which will be shared by a variety of friends and family and will be a record of interest for the wider community.

John White

Life Story Writer: Sarah Ryder

"A very good story for my family"

The service received to produce my book was very good.  It is well presented and all that was needed.  We had good relations with Sarah and it is, I hope, a very good story for my family.”

Duncan Urquhart

Life Story Writer: Sarah Ryder

Kathy Pedersen with her life story book

"My time with Sarah was special"

A Level Playing Field was carefully planned and researched resulting in a quality book of my life which has had a huge impact on me and on others who have read it.  I feel that the book accurately captures the person I am.

My time with Sarah was special not only because her approach was elder-friendly and centred around supporting me to feel safe to share my story,  but Sarah acted as the catalyst at a time when my life’s journey needed to go forward, so talking about where I had come from assisted me to move on.

The presentation of headings, photos, highlights and sections add up to a book which is a pleasure to look through and the final presentation is something I will treasure for years to come.

Ruby Aberhart

Life story writer: Sarah Ryder

"A great job"

"I have been waiting a long time for this – but well worth the wait.  Sarah Ryder did a great job."

David Perrett 

Life story writer: Sarah Ryder


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