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Become a NAMW Member

The National Association of Memoir Writers wants to welcome you! We offer the resources you need to write and publish your memoir. We offer workshops, twice monthly teleseminars by experts, and memoir writing resources such as articles, links to over 70 audios, and transcripts of presentations by experts on legal issues in writing memoir, writing to heal, editing, and creating a memoir that reaches your readers through powerful scenes.

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Our current list of upcoming NAMW events.

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Memoir Writer Resources

Recommended by Linda Joy Myers, NAMW founder

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Linda Joy Myer is available to speak about transformation, journaling, memoir writing, and finding forgiveness.

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About NAMWNational Association of Memoir Writers

Writing a memoir helps you find your voice, tell your story, and reach out to others. You start thinking about your memories, moments that make you feel young again, wondering: what is the legacy I'm leaving behind? What do I have to say that is unique to me? I want to offer the wisdom I've gleaned from my own life to help someone else.

You begin to think about writing a memoir!

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  • Write Your Memoir

    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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  • Calendar of Events

    We offer a wide variety of workshops and classes. We offer a free public roundtable discussion and member-only monthly teleseminars.

    Learn the insider secrets of writing memoirs.

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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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Breaking Silence Teleconference

Date: November 14, 2014
Topic: "Healing Inner Critic and Writing the Truth in Memoir"
Guest speakers: Linda Joy Myers, Sue William Silverman, Amy Ferris, Amy Friedman and Brooke Warner.

It’s time to find your voice and break your silence — and write the memoir you want to write! During this day long teleconference, we will be addressing the “secret” issue of shame for writers. We call the voice that creates writer’s block the ”Inner Critic,” but at the core of the Inner Critic is shame and doubt. Please join these amazing women who are willing to share their stories of shame, doubt, and how they have broken through and helped others find their voice.
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The Next Free Roundtable

  • Angela Ackerman How To Capture Emotion in Your Memoir | Public Roundtable
    November 6, 2014 4 PM PST   5 PM MST   6 PM CST   7 PM EST Guest: Angela Ackerman How To Capture Emotion in Your Memoir To write a memoir, we need to find a way to translate the “real people” in our lives from our memory onto the page—to create “characters” that convey the reality […]

The Next NAMW Member Webinar

  • nan-phifer Evocative Memoirs: An Unconventional Approach | November Member Teleseminar
    Date: November 21, 2014 Time: 11 AM PST 12 PM MST 1 PM CST 2 PM EST Guest: Nan Phifer Topic: Evocative Memoirs: An Unconventional Approach Many memoirists assume their writing should be chronological and linear. They write first about childhood and proceed into adolescence, followed by adulthood—an approach often plodding for both the writer […]

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Latest Articles

  • tree book with family-canstock Writing a Memoir is Not an Act of War
    Writing a memoir is not an act of war, but it can seem that way to our family. When our “truths” are other people’s “lies” that they need to believe, when the larger than life stories are skewed or downright wrong—some people look askance at any story that does not agree with their own version. […]
  • pen-journal-300x300 Writing Your Memoir by Hand
    Studies about handwriting say that our handwriting reveals many things about us, reflecting attitudes that we may be unaware of. It charts our shifting moods and feelings. Have any of you noticed that your handwriting changes in different moods? Over the years I have observed variations in my writing, and have wondered about what it […]
  • journals The Joy of Journaling
    Think about the delicious feeling of holding a brand new journal and a new pen to go with it as you sit down to write. As you hold it, you imagine what you are going to write, you feel the invitation of the paper and the pen. Some people are journaling online now too, which […]
  • worry What Memoirists Worry About
    As memoirists, we know that writing a memoir can be fraught with all kinds of doubts and silencing, from “I’m not that great a writer” to “what will the family say?” We worry about how much to put in, whether to frame scenes with dialogue or not, or if we should name the people we […]