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  • The Memoirist’s Dilemma—Vulnerability and Truth in Memoir The Memoirist’s Dilemma—Vulnerability and Truth in Memoir - Isn’t it amazing that we’re invited into strangers’ living rooms and lives and psyches, even their bedrooms, in a memoir? And we, as memoirists, are told that in order to write a good memoir, we must open up our lives this way! We have to become that open, that vulnerable. Many times during workshops I […]
  • 2016 NAMW Memorial Day Sale Memorial Day Sale 2016 - Summer is a time of relaxation, vacations, travel and reflection.  What better time to gather your thoughts and put pen to paper?   Join the National Association of Memoir Writers and take advantage of the “writing season!” NAMW is a membership organization that invites memoir writers from all over the world to connect, learn and become inspired […]
  • Kay Adams and Linda Joy Writing Conferences—Inspiration and Connection for the Journey - I just returned to the Bay Area after spending a week in North Carolina where I taught memoir writing at the Journal Therapy conference led by Kay Adams—she started the center for Journal Therapy. I arrived after a long day of flying in the rain to a misty, lushly green Kanuga retreat center. For five […]

Magic of Memoir: A Weekend of Craft, Process, and Publishing

October 15 & 16, 2016 Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA
  • Expert panelists
  • Opportunity to engage with teachers and panelists, and to win one-on-one consultations
  • Time to write
  • What makes a successful memoir?
  • What agents are looking for
  • Raffle with excellent prizes!
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Our Next NAMW Roundtable

  • Virginia-A.-Simpson-1 August Roundtable Discussion – FREE to All - Meaningful Misery: Why Writing a Memoir is a Worthwhile Struggle Dr. Virginia Simpson August 4, 2016 4 PM PDT  5 PM MDT  6 PM CDT 7 PM EDT I’m pleased to have a conversation with Dr. Virginia Simpson, author of The Space Between- A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life. I learned […]

The Next NAMW Member Teleseminar

  • Barbara Stark-Nemon Their Stories, Our Stories- Fiction or Memoir? - Barbara Stark-Nemon August Member Teleseminar August 19, 2016 11 AM PDT 12 PM MDT 1 PM CDT 2 PM EDT Publishing my novel, Even in Darkness, gave me the opportunity to bring a loved one’s legacy to the page. During the many years of research and writing, the decision to write a novel (rather than […]
  • Memoir in 6 Months

    Write Your Memoir in Six Months offers the support, encouragement, and accountability you’re looking for to write the book that’s in your heart. Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers are experienced memoir teachers and passionate believers in the magic of memoir. It's magical to tell your story—to bring to life something that’s lived inside you. It's so gratifying to offer your personal truth to others.
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  • Coaching

    I love working with writers! The creative process is a place where we drop into our true creative selves and make a difference in the world.

    To stay focused and make real progress, you need three things:

    1) Support in deciding what your story is about—themes & topics.
    2) Feedback to develop your skills—story structure, scenes, dialogue, character development, tone, and voice.
    3) Help with navigating writing & editing to publishing and marketing.
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  • Speaking Engagements

    Linda Joy Myers is available to speak at your next conference or event. The audience will learn how writing can deepen self-awareness and help them develop a new perspective on their past so they can move gracefully into their future. Audience members will take with them a feeling of empowerment, knowing they are in control of their own destiny. Linda Joy’s inspirational message of finding courage, learning forgiveness, and focused self-listening can change their lives. Read More
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This self-guided course leads you from your desire to write a memoir to building the skills to get started writing right away. You learn what a memoir is, how to think about themes, how to write compelling scenes, & how to develop your structure. In less than four weeks, you will have a plot, an outline for your book, and scenes you can develop as you start to write. If you like to work at your own pace and take time to develop your ideas, this course will help you learn writing skills & achieve your goals...
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This Month's Featured Member

  • cora4 Featured NAMW Member – Coralease C. Ruff - In January, 1997 my world as I knew it came crashing down around me. My 21-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, where she had gone to serve as a missionary.  This journey of survival took me through some very dark and scary valleys, over some gigantic mountains, and finally […]