Date: November 11, 2016
Time: 10am-2pm PST / 1pm-5pm EST
As memoir writers, we know the challenge we face—how to explore the truths of our story while balancing artistry and accuracy. How to write a good story that carries the heft of lived experience as we explore our memories. We write about ourselves, family, and those we love, but encounter questions about privacy and the ethics of writing about others. We want to create a vibrant story that brings to life the world we have lived and the moments of meaning we want to share with others, but it's a long project and we struggle with the process—the memories that come up and the challenges of technique and craft. An authentic, well-written memoir can be a way to create deep healing and change, but we have to bare our souls to perfect strangers in that process. This takes such courage, and I'm honored, as the founder of NAMW, to be part of such a vibrant and courageous community of writers.
The NAMW Fall Telesummit, The Heart and Soul of Memoir, brings together craft, inspiration, and art. We will hear from Robin Brooks, a book designer, about how to think of your story and your book as a whole artistic creation. Helen Sedwick, a literary attorney, will put your mind to ease as we discuss how to tell your truths freely and not procrastinate because of legal and ethical worries. Information is your friend. The information in Lisa Cron's new book, Story Genius, will help you find the core of your story, and you’ll learn more about the skills to create a memoir that reaches into the hearts of others. Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers will share our new anthology with you, Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey. We compiled essays from memoirists who explore the process of writing memoir and how they dealt with the challenges and found the magic in drawing from life to create art. We also interviewed well-known memoirists, including Mary Karr, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mark Matousek, Jessica Valenti, Azar Nafisi, and others. We’ll talk about the powerful themes and messages that propel us to write, reveal tough truths, and change the world with our books.
Session 1—Book Design
10-11 am PST | 11-12 am MST | 12-1 pm CST | 1-2 pm EST
How a Book Designer Supports your Soul and the Soul of Your Memoir
Session 2—Legal and Ethical Issues in Memoir
11-12 am PST | 12-1 pm MST | 1-2 pm CST | 2-3 pm EST
How to Tell the Truth Without Ending up in Court
Session 3—Story Craft
12 pm PST | 1 pm MST | 2 pm CST | 3 pm EST
The Heart of a Great Story
Session 4—Inspiration on Your Memoir Journey
1-2 pm PST 2-3 pm MST 3-4 pm CST 4-5 pm EST
The Magic of Memoir—What Is It?
Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner