Canning a LIFETIME of Story Course by Susan Gaddis


the first book of

your legacy stories

for the people you love

in 6 weeks – without overwhelm!


Why this course?

I recently attended the memorial service for a cousin. At dinner afterward, I looked around and realized that the storytellers in our family were almost gone.

Those who held the journey tales of how we came to be “us” were slowly losing their treasured memories. Few were left who remembered the personalities and lives of the ones who mattered to me.

And I wondered who would remember my stories after a generation or two had passed?

Who would tell my God stories?

Would pictures of me convey my values and life lessons?

Would I become just a name on the family tree?

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It was time to gather my stories and design a creative way to present them.

And that’s what you’ll do when you join me for Canning a LIFETIME of Story.


Let’s make this easy…

In this course, you’ll learn exactly how to take your life stories, stir in your faith and values, add your lessons-learned to the mix, and serve that wisdom up in a creative way to those you love.

Super fun, original, and guess what!—when you’re done, you’ll know you’ve communicated the most important things to the most important people in your life + you’ll have the tools to whip up more!

And you’ll do it all without overwhelm! Complete it in 6 weeks or 6 months, it’s up to you.


What if…

  • you could create a book of stories that communicates your life & walk of faith
  • you could identify plenty of personal stories that hold your insights, values, & wisdom
  • you could use various tips & tricks for writing a good story, without worrying about being “a good writer”
  • you could swirl your personal creativity into a book (even if you “don’t have a creative bone in your body”)
  • you can stop thinking, “Someday I’ll write a book for my family,” because you’ll have already done it

How would all thaaaaat make you feel?

(You can put your hand down. I already know your answer.)

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Who this course is for:

Writers and non-writers: If you love to write, great! If you’re a want-to-be writer, perfect! If you’d like to work with someone who will take your stories & write them for you, I can help make that happen.

Creatives: If you have any kind of creative interest OR you’d like to grow the creative part of you — this course is for you.

Storytellers: If you long to take the snippets of your life & record them for those you love, here’s your chance.


The experience of working with Susan in Canning a LIFETIME of Story has been genuine from day one.

She wanted each of us in the course to succeed and willingly offered herself to help get that accomplished with her knowledge, tips, and critiques that were always right on.

She made me feel very comfortable from the start as strangers but finishing as sisters united in Christ with a common goal to leave a godly legacy for our family. JOY!

– Carol Morrison, Clarksburg, West Virgina

What to expect:

A Step-by-Step 6 Week Course

Each week is broken down into 3 SIMPLE video lessons: one for Monday, one for Wednesday, & one for Friday. Each short video lesson will contain 1 SIMPLE task for you to complete.

An Online Writer’s Circle

Every day you’ll have access to an optional, private Writer’s Circle Facebook group where we’ll share our creations, offer encouragement, pray for one another, & nourish our souls together in Jesus.

Guest Speakers

You’ll also enjoy guest speakers who share on a variety of topics, all designed to help and encourage you.


BEFORE the course even STARTS you’ll schedule a private session with me so we can discuss what type of book you’ll be creating during the course + answer any questions that you have.


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I signed up for this course to be inspired to write again and do it well. I loved the teaching and coaching from Susan and the interaction with the other course members. Now I’m constantly thinking, ‘How can I write that in a story?’ I loved the entire experience!

– Joan Wood, Canandaigua, New York



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What type of book can I create?

When you schedule your Bonus session, we’ll discuss: a Shutterfly book containing your stories and photos, a Kindle e-book or paperback book, PDF e-book, handwritten journal, blog, or a recipe/storybook—whatever brings you joy in creating it.


What kind of stories will I write?

Each week you’ll learn to write a different kind of story, including:

  • General Stories
  • Value Stories
  • Wisdom Stories
  • Faith Stories
  • Reflection Stories
  • Elder Stores

You also learn story writing techniques, editing tips, how to include photos, and lots more.


What will I actually get done in 6 weeks?

This totally depends on you. Personally, I do a Shutterfly book that contains my stories plus photos to go with them. My six kids love getting these for Christmas. Since I only do one book a year with 10 to 12 stories in it, I consider each new book part of a legacy book series. Easy peasy to do in 6 weeks, and my Christmas shopping is done for the year!

Of course, you can always do a more traditional paperback book or a Kindle book. (I’ll show you how.) Others make their book a more continuous project via a blog. Some create & publish a recipe book that swirls their stories in with their favorite recipes.

At the very least, you’ll have a good start to a project that can take as long as you like to finish because you’ll have lifetime access to the course.


I’m not on Facebook. Does that matter?

Of course not. Our Facebook group is totally optional. Most students, though, find it helpful to open a Facebook account, if they haven’t got one already, as the feedback is priceless.


What if I can’t spell… or write well?

Well, you’ve got my ear. I’m dyslexic. I can’t live without my spellchecker or my husband who checks my spelling if I bribe him with cookies. And I’ve been at war with commas for 50 years. Some editing is important, but a lot is optional. (Grammar Chicks, don’t throw stones at me just yet.) I’ve got a strategy for the grammarless and hope for the hopeless. Trust me. You’ll be OK.


This is it.   It’s your legacy.   It doesn’t start later.   It’s already here.

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Are you ready to CREATE and WRITE the first book

of your legacy stories for the people

you love in 6 weeks – without overwhelm?


Because Canning a Lifetime of Story is one of the courses

available to subscription members of the


Where, for the monthly price of a lunch out with girlfriends, you can build your own Soul Care Program:

  • A SOUL CARE SPA: monthly videos and downloads for weekly soul care
  • A LIBRARY OF COURSES: access to Canning a Lifetime of Story along with other popular courses.
  • A COMMUNITY of other women over 50


I’m Susan Gaddis

I’m a life coach & passionate for Jesus.

I give women the down-home SOUL utensils + “recipes” to create an amazing legacy of faith

  • from the inside out
  • whether their lives are sparkly or gray
  • communicated to their world through grace and joy
  • leaving lasting results in the people they love