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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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THE MAGIC OF MEMOIR—A Weekend of Craft, Process, and Publishing: Oct 17 & 18 in Berkeley, CA

Creative balloon penMemoirists, join Linda Joy and Brooke for their first-ever in-person event—MAGIC OF MEMOIR 2015—this October 17 & 18 in Berkeley, California. We are jazzed about this 2-day event in celebration of memoir, in which we'll be covering craft, process, and publishing. In addition to diving deep into craft points every memoirist must master, we will also be doing guided writing exercises and be hosting two panels, with some exciting guest participants. Check out the details and we'll see you in Berkeley in October!    
  • 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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Free Roundtable

  • Jordan Author headshot Free Roundtable: Becoming Persistent in a Shifting Publishing Landscape
    Topic: Becoming Persistent in a Shifting Publishing Landscape Date: June 4 Time: 4 PM PST / 5 PM MST / 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST Guest: Jordan Rosenfeld The writers who succeed in publishing are not simply the most talented; they are the most persistent. Jordan Rosenfeld, author of A Writer’s Guide to […]
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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

  • Laura_Fraser_Author_Photo Tricky Questions About Memoir—NAMW Member Teleseminar
    Presenter: Laura Fraser May 22, 2015 11 am PDT 12 pm MDT 1 pm CDT 2 pm EDT In this teleseminar, Laura Fraser, editorial director of She Books, will address some of the thorny questions that come up about memoir. Writing a memoir forces us to ask tough questions about who we are, what we […]

This Month's Featured Member

  • Kathleen Featured NAMW Member – Kathleen P. Perkins
    We’re pleased to feature Kathleen P. Perkins this month! Kathleen was born a social worker—counseled childhood friends, rescued birds from cats. She eventually made a career of it and has been a therapist, a teacher, a lover, a long-distance mother, and a spiritual seeker. While in the Deep South, she became a racial justice advocate and worked at making […]

Latest Articles

  • flying books for TS The Many Forms of Your Memoir—Which is Best For You?
      We welcome this blog post by Denis LeDoux, one of our NAMW Telesummit presenters May 15th! At his presentation, he will expand on these ideas, and you can ask questions about how you might want to present your memoir. Your memoir can take many forms. What most people think of when they think of […]
  • The Fire Season Truth in the Center of the Fire–April Member Teleseminar with Hollye Dexter
    The first sentence of Hollye Dexter’s new memoir, The Fire Season set up a page turning tension that makes the reader storm through every page and paragraph. “You’d think there would have been more leading up to it, this moment when everything changes forever, but November 18, 1994 is just an average night.” We follow […]
  • Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers What Can You Learn from Mary Karr?
    Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers talk about The Liars’ Club   Brooke Warner and I are offering the next installment of our New York Times best-selling memoir series starting next week, April 7, for four consecutive weeks. This time we are teaching The Liars’ Club, by Mary Karr, and we will focus, as we always […]
  • Mary Karr free What Made Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club a New York Times Bestseller–Free Webinar
      Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club is one of the classic memoirs that started the Memoir Revolution. This book is so engrossing that anyone who’s read it has the same reaction: I LOVED THAT BOOK! As a reader, you identify with her raucous, dangerous family. Karr’s honest exploration of sex, guns, and alcohol pushes the […]