Story Launch Media is an educational "platform" upon which people are encouraged to identify the stories of their lives and launch them into the world for the benefit and entertainment of many generations. It offers writing classes, live storytelling events, and published media services.
Kris Parfitt Travers on Mount Rainier, April 2019.
- Heirloom Stories are a series of classes that offer people 50 years and older
the opportunity to write and speak their stories.
- Adventure and Outdoor Women's Literary Series (Adventure OWLS) are
classes that offer women 50 years and older who are seasoned travelers, guides,
and wilderness adventurers the opportunity to write and speak their stories.
- The Creatively Expressed Writers (The CREW) are ongoing classes for people of
all ages to learn to write and speak their personal, fictional, or creative stories.
Each quarter, there will be a Storytelling Recital for each class. These events provide students the opportunity to tell their stories out loud in front of their friends, family, and community members.
Each year the students from all three classes can contribute their stories to the annual anthology that will be published and sold. The proceeds will go toward sponsoring Heirloom Stories so that students can attend for free.
Story Launch Media was conceived in 2016 by Kris Parfitt Travers when she was her grandmother's guardian on an Honor Flight visit to Washington, D.C. She had the opportunity to listen to 24 World War II veterans share stories of their service during the war. Kris was profoundly aware that for many of these veterans it could be the last time they share their stories, and for some, it was the first.
Kris saw a need to capture the stories of all generations with the intention of launching them into society through social, audial, and printed media. She wants to create an organization that generates a tsunami of inspiration and courage, where all people who participate will experience their greatness being acknowledged and expressed, which in turn will inspire the greatness in others being acknowledged and expressed.