A legacy letter upholds an ancient tradition of passing on your personal values, beliefs, blessings, and advice to future generations. Often called an ethical will, it will become a cherished letter for your family and descendants. I can give guidelines and help you compose your letter and preserve it on archival paper. 

Memory echoes, LLC  319-365-8690

I would love to help you create a book of your family stories, memories, photos, and memorabilia. Your kids and grandkids are interested in who you are, and what you've done. Stories can be lost in just one generation if you don't take steps to preserve them. Through friendly, conversational, guided interviews I can start the process. I offer a free consult to discuss the many options.

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Linda Joy Schmidt Contact

Your memories one story at a time

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you."​       Maya Angelou

All book services and classes are conducted in person or online worldwide via Skype. 


My passion is hearing people's stories both in memoir writing classes, and drawing them out with personal interviews to create heirloom books. I hope to inspire people to preserve their family legacy. Each of our lives is unique and comprised of one story after another. During our family reunions my Nana would raise her hand in the air and say, “It’s my turn!  I have a story to tell!” When the talking died down so she could take her turn she always had a good story to tell.  She died a few years ago and I deeply regret that we did nothing to preserve her stories. A big part of our family legacy was lost. I am committed to helping people create and save their own family legacies through memoir writing classes, legacy letters, and helping to create heirloom books to pass down to their children and grandchildren.  


I offer guided memoir writing classes and am a certified instructor trained by methods developed by Dr. James Birren, renowned professor and author. Each week class members write a 2 page story on a theme inspired by priming questions and read it to a small group. Each meeting includes instruction on autobiography and tools to inspire your writing. The process fosters supportive and closely bonded groups.  

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Life Story classes

​Legacy letters

LIfe story books

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from."  Alex Haley