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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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The Next Free Roundtable

  • DeSalvo_Louise The Art of Slow Writing
    Date: March 5th, 2015 Time: 4 PM PST / 5  PM MST / 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST Guest: Louise DeSalvo I’m so very pleased and excited to have as our Roundtable guest for March the renowned author and teacher Louise DeSalvo. Over ten years ago, I immersed myself gratefully into her book Writing […]
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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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The Next NAMW Member Teleseminar

  • Rita Gardner and Lorenzo Martinez How I Wrote and Published My Memoir with Rita Gardner and Lorenzo Martinez
    Date: March 20 at 11 AM PST etc. TS is always at 11 AM PST, 12 MST, 1 CSt, 2 EST This month we are pleased to have a conversation with two successful NAMW members who have something in common—stories that take place in Caribbean countries:  Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Rita Gardner is the author of […]

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This Month's Featured Member

  • Annette Featured NAMW Member – Annette Erickson
    We’re pleased to feature Annette Erickson this month! Annette Erickson is a freelance writer and poet and therapist who belongs to the online Life Writer’s Forum group and for many years hosted The Write Haven writing group. In her memoir, she pursues a relentless need to follow a vision, live her truth, and embrace a […]

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Latest Articles

  • art-writing Louise DeSalvo the Art of Slow Writing a Powerful Way to Heal and Reveal
    It’s always exciting to talk with an author you’ve admired for many years. This week Louise DeSalvo, author of five memoirs, a scholarly book about Virginia Woolf, Writing as Way of Healing and several other books that explore the lives and works of literary giants like Henry Miller and D. H. Lawrence, is my guest […]
  • image How to Craft the Beginning of Your Story
    As readers, we all have the experience of trying to find our bearings as we begin a story. To get “inside” the story that’s beginning, we readers are curious about who the main characters are, and we’re eager to learn about them—to learn why we are being told this story about these people. Early in […]
  • Copyright: 123RF Stock Photo Light Up Your Brain with Writing!
    The big news in the writing world, though it’s not entirely new, is the interaction between writing and the brain, writing and well-being and happiness. By now many of you have heard about James Pennebaker–he’s been our guest at NAMW and his books on writing as healing are well known. He talks about his research […]
  • the-sower-sower-with-setting-sun-1888 How to Cure the “Shoulds”—Write What You Love
    I’m always curious about what the antidote will be for the times when we’re unable to write, when the words and ideas have dried up, when it’s better to binge-watch “Homeland” or “Outlander” or “The Good Wife.” I recently came upon one of these “dry” spells, where I had no motivation at all to go […]