Memorial Day Membership Sale

Garden_seat_arbor_pink_roses_smallThe roses are blooming all over! Fragrant gardens, birdsong, and blossoms, many shades of green, wafting soft breezes, happy earthworms–spring has sprung! Our minds melt into dream with such richness of the earth with new life, the flowering of what will be the fruits of the harvest. I believe that when we tune into the natural forces of the earth and the cycles of time, our creativity is lit up, inviting us to dig into the treasures of our hearts and souls.

Remember, every month of this year invites you to make more progress on your memoir. As you tune into the glorious light of the season, are you shining your creative light into your memoir writing? What legacy are you going to leave about your life and the gifts you can share with others?

Here’s a checklist of questions you can ask yourself about the progress of your memoir.

  • How many words each month/week/day is my goal?
  • How many words am I writing? Keep a running list on your computer.
  • What are my turning point stories–the most important ones to include? List them
    again and compare to your last list. Maybe you thought of some new stories
    to add.
  • How many turning point stories have I finished? How many are started?
  • What inspired you to keep writing: List three things.
  • What skill sets do you need to develop? How are you doing that?
  • Remember, writing 500 words a day gets you to a first draft manuscript in six

In the memoir Roundtables and Member Teleseminars each month at the National Association of Memoir Writers, the callers enjoy saying hello to me, the presenters, and each other. Over time, we get to know each other, and build a feeling of community.

We enhance community connections on our member and open Facebook groups and page. Just type in National Association of Memoir Writers, and join us. Tell us what you’re writing and reading, the new skills you’ve developed, and what is happening in your writing life.

To celebrate remembering, to encourage you to write your story and leave your legacy, we’re offering a membership sale, a full $30 off our usual fee.

For two days, May 23-May 25–it’s just $119.00 for our full membership, a $149 value. You will immediately be able to download our digital gifts, and we’ll be sending you in the mail our welcome package.

Members have access to all the resources in the membership side of the site, which include over 130 audios, articles, and several eBooks. To learn more about our membership benefits please visit us here.

the flag of the United States and the text Memorial DayTake advantage of our Memorial Day Sale by clicking here.

I wish you a glorious Memorial Day, and invite you to remember, write, and celebrate your life by starting your memoir today.



Free Memoir Telesummit


May 15, 2015

10 AM PDT-1:45 PM PDT

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The Power of Story: Write a Memoir with Heart and Craft  

In my work with memoirists through the years, I continue to be impressed and awestruck by the ways I see story carry the power to touch lives, to present the truths of how we live, love, are born and die—the universality of the human experience. Memoir, along with other literary and art forms, serves to illuminate and connect us all in ways that can be amazingly transformative. In this era of social media, we can see how much it’s possible to connect with people all over the world through words and pictures. Being on Facebook and Twitter is like “reading” many mini-memoirs!

In this free Telesummit, The Power of Story, presented by the National Association of Memoir, you will deepen your knowledge about what a story is, discover how story works on us emotionally, and learn new ways to get your story out into the world even before you have a published book.

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I’m so pleased to present some of our favorite people to you during this telesummit, each of them with new things to share and new ways you can develop your memoir writing life.

Lisa Cron, the author of Wired for Story, is back with us to give a preview of her new book, and teach some time-honored ways to create a memoir that no one can resist.

Denis LeDoux, an old friend of mine in memoir-writing-land, will talk about creative and innovative ways to draw from your stories to create your platform through writing small and short pieces. Publishing shorter pieces helps not only you to get out in the world with your stories, but your readers too as they can connect with your wisdom and life experience early on as you develop a longer book length work.

Amy Ferris, the amazing author of Marrying George Clooney, editor of Dancing at the Shame Prom and Shades of Blue to be released in October by Seal Press is back by popular demand to deepen our conversation into the ways that memoir can reach into the heart and draw out the pain, and can help us connect with our broken and our best selves.

Brooke Warner, my teaching partner in Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and I are teaching a series of ever deepening memoir courses, and we want to bring you the latest insights we have in how memoir can connect us all through the heart.

Each discussion is 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for direct questions and comments, so please join us live if you can! All sessions are recorded and if you sign up, you will receive the recordings.


What Your Reader Really Wants: 5 Steps to Writing an Irresistible Memoir

Lisa Cron 

10 am PDT  11 am MDT  12 CDT  1 pm EDT  

Lisa Cron-Photo hi-resEvery writer wants two things: to tell a story that hooks readers and never lets them go, and to find a way to accomplish that without going through the long slog of writing draft after draft. In this teleseminar we’ll examine the five steps to take before you start writing that will save you months (or years) of hard work, not to mention heartache and frustration. You’ll unearth the key story elements beneath the plot that bring it to life, drive it forward, and give it meaning. These elements have little to do with the surface events or “writing well” and everything to do with what we’re hardwired to respond to in every story we read.  Learning what your reader’s brain craves, and why, will allow you to zero in on what your story is really about before you write word one.  You’ll not only produce a more powerful memoir, chances are you’ll drastically reduce your rewrite time.

  • Why story isn’t about what happens externally, but about an internal change.
  • How to avoid the reason most memoirists fail – i.e. they tell us what happened, without realizing that the story is really about how what happened changed them. St
  • The need to be vulnerable, and go deep. If you don’t have something to learn when the memoir begins, you have nothing to teach us. The reader doesn’t care about what happened to you, they care about how the lessons you learned along the way can help them navigate their own life.
  • How to figure out what your memoir is actually about by zeroing in on the point you’re making.
  • How to pinpoint the internal change you’ll make based on what events will force you to deal with.
  • How to isolate the specific story you’re telling from the rest of your life.
  • How to use backstory to create the lens through which you’ll evaluate what happens to you in the moment, on the page, as you make sense of what’s happening to you

Lisa Cron is the author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence (Ten Speed Press), and her video tutorial Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story can be found at Her TEDx talk, Wired for Story, opened Furman University’s 2014 TEDx conference, Stories: The Common Thread of Our Humanity. Her new book, Story Genuis: How to Use Brain Science to Crack the Code of Your Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere) will be released in August, 2016. She’s a story coach helping writers, nonprofits, educators and memoirists wrangle their story onto the page.


Choose the Form for Your memoir—Book, Mini-Memoir, Flash Memoir, Anthology

Denis LeDoux 

11: 15 am PDT  12:15 pm MDT  1:15 pm CDT  2:15 pm EDT

Denis-Ledoux (1)A memoir allows you to leave a legacy, and there are many choices for how to fulfill that desire. You can write a long-form book, which as you know takes a lot of time, even years. But while you are writing your book, you can select sections to publish as an eBook, or send out to literary magazines, or publish in an anthology. You can even choose to write a very short flash memoir. All forms of your memoir are acceptable. In this teleseminar we’re going to look at the choices you can make to not only get your legacy written, but published and shared with the world.

You will learn:

  • How to think out of the box about your life story.
  • What a memoir anthology is and how to focus your work toward that goal.
  • The short memoir, often called a mini-memoir –different from a flash memoir, which is another form you can choose.
  • The personal essay—how it is similar and different from a memoir “story.”

Each of these forms presents you a choice for your writing and publishing life, and helps you to think bigger than the book. During this teleseminar you will find out more about how to think about your life story in new ways and choose how you would like to implement these ideas.

Denis Ledoux grew up in a three-generation home with paternal grandparents who lived upstairs. Stories have always played an important role in Denis’ life. As a child, he heard tales of his extended family and their history recounted by the family storyteller, his memere. He directs the The Memoir Network, an international group of life story writing teachers who use his methods and materials.

Denis holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education. As a short story writer, he drew on family characters, settings, and stories for his fiction. In 1989, he won the Maine Fiction Award for Mountain Dance & Other Stories. His other titles include What Became of Them and Other Stories from Franco-America, and Lives in Translation: An Anthology of Contemporary Franco-American Writings which he edited. Denis’ short fiction has twice been honored with the Maine Writing Fellowship Award (1991, 1996), an NEA-based merit award.


Saving our Lives through Writing

Amy Ferris 

12:30 pm PDT   1:30 pm MDT  2:30 pm CDT  3:30 PM EDT 

Amy FerrisAmy Ferris and I have something in common: we have seen how powerfully story acts as a witness to our lives, there on the page, there with words and sentences. We have observed firsthand how writing helps to save people’s spirits from being lost in depression, and acts as a guiding light to help create a path to fullness and joy. Hope is an important part of survival and for becoming who we were meant to be. Join us in this inspiring conversation about how important it is to get your story on the page, first for you. Then you can think bigger—how do I connect with others with my story? Maybe we all don’t have to be so alone with the truths of our lives.

You will learn:

  • How the power of story to create a new foundation for our souls and create a bridge to others.
  • About the healing power of story and the research by Dr. James Pennebaker
  • How story helps to change the brain and heal the body
  • Techniques that you can use to tease out and invite your hidden stories to be revealed.

amy ferris is an author, screenwriter, essayist, playwright and editor. She edited the upcoming new anthology Shades of Blue, to be released October, 2015. her memoir, marrying george clooney, confessions from a midlife crisis (seal press) was adapted in an off-broadway play in 2012. she has written films (mr. wonderful, anthony minghella, director and funny valentines, julie dash, director), tv, and has contributed to numerous anthologies, including the one she co-edited, dancing at the shame prom (seal press). she was guest editor-in-chief for two magazine, glossies, where she created the annual all women’s issue. amy lives in pennsylvania with her husband and two cats. she is very content on most days.


How to Make People Fall in Love with Your Memoir

Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers 

1:45 pm PDT  2:45 pm MDT  3:45 PM CDT 4:45 pm EDT

Brooke Warner and Linda Joy MyersYour main job as a memoirist is to give something of value to your readers as you tell your story. To do that, you need to know about voice, the narrative arc, writing a great scene, and how to create a takeaway for your reader. We are excited to share with you the latest craft information that we have gleaned from analyzing The Liars’ Club, The Glass Castle, Angela’s Ashes, The Tender Bar, and the new memoir, H is for Hawk. 

  • Why will the reader care about your story?
  • Scenes, the building blocks of great storytelling.
  • Making a connection with the reader by keeping an eye on takeaway.
  • Creating a narrative voice with authenticity and personality.
  • Guiding the reader deep into the meaning and emotions of your story through solid story-building.

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of What’s Your Book? and How to Sell Your Memoir. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing, and she is an equal advocate for publishing with a traditional house and self-publishing. She sits on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW).  Her website was selected by The Write Life as one of the Top 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014. She lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Linda Joy Myers is president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and a therapist for 35 years. She’s the award winning author of Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, The Journey of Memoir and Becoming Whole—Writing Your Healing Story. Don’t Call Me Mother and Becoming Whole were finalists in the ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. Linda co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and offers editing and coaching for writers.  Blog:

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Date: May 15, 2015

Time: 10 AM PDT-1:45 PM PDT

The Power of Story: Write a Memoir with Heart and Craft


Spring Memoir Workshop: Find Your Voice, Write Your Truth with Linda Joy Myers

linda-joy-myersSpring Memoir workshop dates

April 9, 16, 23, 30

May 7, 14, 21

June 4, 11

Time: 3 PM PST/6 PM EST

If you are writing a memoir you know what it takes to bring your history and the story of your life to the page. You have to excavate not only what happened, but who you were to reveal your inner truths. A memoir is a journey of meaning and understanding, woven together with facts, reflections, and a story that’s true, a story you have lived.

Of course, your story touches on the lives of others, and there’s the rub. The challenge is to find your own story even though woven in with all the other stories of family, friends, and community, and to be able to tell it fully, to claim your truths.

You have to wrestle with the voice that brings your story to life, the voice that reveals the personal and the universal truths that your readers will need to know. The more personal and detailed your story is, the more it will contain universal truths.

In this 9-week workshop, you will find the stories that you need to write by creating a “turning point list” of significant moments, locate them on a timeline, and write these moments that shaped you, moments that form the spine of the theme of your memoir during the class.

The workshop is small, 4-6 people, which allows intimate sharing during the teleclass that meets once a week. You send your work out to the group, but the group is private and your writing is held with confidentiality. The feedback offers what is working in your story, and supports you with the emotional content as well and giving feedback for how you can develop your story and move forward to the later stages of writing your book.

Vignettes and shorter works are welcome too. You don’t have to be writing a book to join this class. The focus is to get you writing and to support you on your journey. Many people who write a memoir find it transformational, and we welcome discussions about your inner life as you explore it through your memoir. My background as a therapist helps the group find insights to the stories that emerge, and I always approach the writing and the writer with compassion and encouragement to explore the stories that have never been told. We all know that the dreaded “inner critic” can get in the way! We work with how the inner critic stops you and we help you move forward.

To summarize: in this workshop you will
• Find the stories that have meaning to you
• Learn to write the scenes that bring your story to life
• Discover the fiction tools that are the secret to great story writing
• Receive the support and accountability to get at least one story a week written
• Find out how to weave narration, dialogue, and scenes to create a dynamic story
• Learn how to manage your inner critic
And much more

Please contact Linda Joy Myers if you are interested before making payment.

Non-Member Pricing – $420

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If you are a member log in and then come back to this page to get a special discount.

4-Week Class: Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club

Tuesdays in April: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET

Liar's Club


Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club is one of the classic memoirs that started the Memoir Revolution. This is one of those books that’s 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. Her honest exploration of sex, guns, and alcohol pushes the boundaries of what we might think we’re allowed to write, giving the rest of us creative inspiration and permission around what’s possible for us with our own writing. Karr’s a trustworthy narrator of tragedy and trauma, sprinkling hope and compassion throughout—the perfect recipe for a compelling memoir.

Class 1. April 7
Creating Unforgettable Characters

Class 2. April 14
How Voice Shapes Memoir

Class 3. April 21
How Much Is Too Much—Secrets, Confessions, and Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone

Class 4. April 28
The Journey from Trauma to Transformation in Memoir

To see the whole syllabus and sign up, please go to this link:




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