Welcome to the new NAMW!

Welcome to the new NAMW site!

Founded in 2008 by Linda Joy Myers, the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) is an organization focused on the needs of memoir writers from all over the world.

About NAMW

NAMW 2017 Online Memoir Conference

Join us for this 5 hour teleseminar series with Linda Joy Myers, president of NAMW and guest experts in writing and publishing memoir.
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Taste of Memoir

Learn how to meet the challenges of memoir writing head on, and discover the beginnings of writing your life story.
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Embrace your memories. Tell your story. Start with our free ebook on memoir writing.
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NYT Bestseller Series

Join us for a discussion of Augusten Burroughs’s coming-of-age story, Running with Scissors. Part of our bestseller series, where we look at its free-wheeling storytelling and prose.
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Your Story Matters. Be Brave. Persist.

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.

NAMW Write Your Memoir in 6 Months New York Times mention

Coaching Through NAMW, you can connect directly with our founder, Linda Joy Myers.  Linda Joy has been coaching and encouraging memoir writers for years, and enjoys helping members see their stories through to fruition and publication.  Her goal is to help you mine the creative process, and find that place where you drop into your true creative self 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.

Book a Memoir Expert Do you need a dynamic, memoir writing expert to engage an audience at your next event? 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.

Our latest monthly roundtable: Leslie Lawrence on An Improvisatory Approach to a Memoir about an Improvised Life
Nov 9, 2017 – 4 PM pt – 7 PM et

We believe in the Power of Memoir Writing! Find your voice and tell your story. Learn about the benefits NAMW has to offer.

Our October member seminar feat. Albert Flynn DeSilver discussing “On Being Vulnerable: Writing from the Body and Straight Into Truth…” Oct 20, 2017. 11 am pt / 2 pm et

Read about Marian Beaman. Her story is of a plain Mennonite girl who ping pongs between two houses on Anchor Road in Lancaster County, PA.

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Launch your memoir writing journey with our free four week ecourse on memoir writing and the processes you need to understand to get started!
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Upcoming Event


This fall, we look at Augusten Burroughs’s coming-of-age story, Running with Scissors, as part of our bestseller series for its free-wheeling storytelling and prose.

Find the courage to write the story you want to tell!  Running with Scissors offers insights into the beauty of telling your truth, no matter how messy.

Join us online, Monday, October 2 (4 pm pt/7pm et) for this FREE webinar, where we explore emotional truth.  Pulling out the details from pivotal events, whether big or small, plus exploring a simple but important question: Whose truth are you telling anyway?

To learn more and sign-up start here.

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