Public Memoir Roundtables

5 Tools to Fuel Your Writing & Creative Process

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Free Roundtable Discussion—Beth Barany

August 6, 2015

4 PM PDT 5 PM MDT 6 PM CDT 7 PM EDT

There are three main turning points to the writing process: the start, the middle, and the end. Writers often find themselves stuck in one of these three places. When you get stuck, everything grinds to a screeching halt, and we are tempted to abandon our project—book, essay, chapter. We experience this as writer’s block, and are bound by massive frustration, procrastination, or tearing out our hair while crying.

In this conversation with Linda Joy Myers, founder and president of National Association of Memoir Writers, and Beth Barany, award-winning novelist and creativity coach for writers, you’ll learn about 5 tools to help you get back to writing your story.

In this lively conversation between teachers and lovers of story, you’ll discover:

  • How planning can enhance your creativity instead of stifle it
  • How a simple tool can help you stay focused so you can actually get writing done
  • How a simple mindset tool can shift your energy from No to Go
  • How goal setting can restart you when you’re stuck in the middle of your project
  • How you can connect with the most powerful tool in the five senses to spark or re-spark your passion for your project

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ABOUT BETH BARANY

Beth-Barany_MG_6971_900x900Beth Barany is an award-winning novelist and a Creativity Coach for Writers. She runs the blog for writers by writers, the Writer’s Fun Zone, and the Barany School of Fiction. She’s coached hundreds of authors over the last nine years and specializes in helping novelists write, publish, and market their novels. Her mission is to empower authors to create sustainable and successful careers. You can find out more about Beth and her services at her site: www.BethBarany.com. There you can sign up for her free 5-Day Writer’s Motivation Mini-Course: http://bit.ly/5dayminicourse. Her latest book for writers is Twitter for Authors: Social Media Marketing for Shy Writers. In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, reading, and watching movies and traveling with her husband, suspense novelist Ezra Barany. Beth Barany lives in Oakland, California with her husband, two cats, and over 2,000 books.

 

FREE Roundtable: How to Write a Killer Memoir When the Doubt Gremlins Won’t Stop Nagging

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AppleMarkJuly 2, 2015

4 PDT  5 MDT  6 CDT  7 EDT

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We are so pleased at the National Association of Memoir Writers to welcome back Lynn Goodwin. She’s the owner of Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com, which will celebrate its 18th year in October, 2015. Lynn helps writers get out in the world through her frequent contests through Writer Advice. Sign up for her newsletter so you can find out more.

Date: July 2 at 4 PM PDT / 5 PM MDT / 6 PM CDT / 7 PM EDT

Topic: How to Write a Killer Memoir When the Doubt Gremlins Won’t Stop Nagging

Guest: Lynn Goodwin

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From Lynn:
I got married for the first time at age 62 to a 2-time widower I met on … gulp … Craigslist. By the second date I was collecting material for a personal essay. By the second month I was imagining our story as a memoir. I wanted to write a sane, balanced and truthful story without lapsing into melodrama. Despite a background in writing, teaching writing, and editing, I found myself facing problems I’ve helped others solve.

 

How could I cope with

  • They-who-shall-not-be-named
  • Unflattering truths
  • Time constraints
  • The constant lure of social media

I’ll talk about all that and explain how writing helped me gain perspective on my relationship, weigh my choices, and open my heart as well as my mind.

You will learn or rediscover

  • How to find the heart of your story and dig into it
  • How to move through fears and doubts
  • How to keep your story active and dynamic
  • How to polish and perfect your storyHow and why reading other memoirs helps

B. Lynn Goodwin is the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers, (Tate Publishing). Her stories and Lynn Goodwinarticles have been published in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; Friction Literary Journal, Inspire Me Today, several newspapers additional online sites, and The Sun. She conducts workshops, coaches individuals, and writes reviews for Story Circle Network, www.storycircle, as well as Writer Advice. She’s recently been published in Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers, Small Miracles from Beyond: Dreams, Visions and Signs that Link Us to the Other Side, True Words and the Las Positas Anthology. Her young adult novel, Talent (Eternal Press) will be available soon. http://www.writeradvice.com/manuscriptconsultation.html

 

 

Free Roundtable: Becoming Persistent in a Shifting Publishing Landscape

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Jordan Author headshotTopic: 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 Persistence, will discuss the importance of building a “writer’s code”—a foundation of strategies and attitudes that build an unshakable writing practice, make you more persistent and resilient on your journey, and increase your chances of publication. Writers are easily swayed by promises of fame, critical voices, and lightning fast changes in the publishing industry. It’s easy to get discouraged and give in to distractions that pull you away from your work. This seminar will give you practical tools to make you persistent and successful on your path to publication.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the foundational root of your writing practice
  • Carve out distractions that keep you from writing
  • Build strong boundaries to preserve writing time
  • Identify appropriate markets and publishing avenues
  • Stretch your writing skills to stay relevant

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Jordan is author of two novels and three writing guides, most recently A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, as well as Make a Scene, Write Free (with Rebecca Lawton), and the forthcoming Writing Deep Scenes (with Martha Alderson). Her work has been published widely in places such as: Alternet, Bustle, DAME magazine, the New York Times, The Rumpus, Salon, STIR Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Writer’s Digest magazine, The Writer and more. She and Martha Alderson, “The Plot Whisperer” lead annual writing retreats: www.writerpath.com and www.jordanrosenfeld.net

A Noisy Guide to Podcasting – Public Roundtable

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Guest: Catharine Bramkamp

Topic: A Noisy Guide to Podcasting

Date: April 9, 2015 4 PST

Time:  4 PM PST, 5 PM MST, 6 PM CST, 7 PM EST

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Closeup half face portrait of girlDo  you have a great idea?  Do want to vary your reach?  Do you love to talk?  Do you really love to talk? If you answered yes,  podcasting is your next big project.

In this seminar you will learn  the basics:  Who, what and how. Who are you talking to?  What are you saying? And most important, how do you get started?  If you are boring your friends because  you can’t stop talking about your favorite subject or your platform, then podcasting is for you, if only to save your marriage and your social circle.

In this webinar you will learn: 

  • Who – Podcasting is all about niche.  Who shares your passion?  Who wants to know what you want to know?   Who is watching the same shows or reading the same books?  For authors,  Who is asking questions about your book or your platform (yeah, let’s all give a collective shudder to that term).
  • What – Your show should be about your passion, what you love and what you can’t stop talking about.  Learn some of the best practices for setting up a consistent show.
  • How – the easiest way to start podcasting is through either Blog spot radio or Google Hangout.  Learn what will work for you.

Popular author/award winning poet/ podcaster/ champion of Newbie Writers everywhere.

Catharine Bramkamp is the co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns. She is a successful writing coach and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, The Future Girls series (Eternal Press) and the poetry chapbook Ammonia Sunrise (Finishing Line Press). She holds two degrees in English, and is an adjunct university professor.

A California native, she divides her time between the Wine Country and the Gold Country.

She and her husband have parented two boys past the age of self-destruction and into the age of annoying two word text missives.

Links:

Twitter: @cbramkamp
The Newbie Writers Podcast – iTunes and www.NewbieWriters.com

The Art of Slow Writing

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Date: March 5th, 2015

Time: 4 PM PST / 5  PM MST / 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST

Guest: Louise DeSalvo

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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 as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives. There I discovered so many interesting details about how writing had helped to change the lives of writers who were famous, but whose stories about the process of writing weren’t generally known. This book also referenced the then new research by Dr. James Pennebaker about writing as healing, which led to my first book Becoming Whole-Writing Your Healing Story. For years I had worked with writing as a healing art as a therapist, and was excited to hear that the work of healing through writing was being validated in so many ways.

During this Roundtable discussion, Louise DeSalvo will discuss the stages of the writing process and how a writer can best work with—not against—the process. She will describe appropriate behaviors for each stage of the process and she will describe how learning about how “real” writers write can help us begin and complete our work. She will discuss those moments in a writing life—the dreaded middle of the process when nothing seems to be working—that often stop a writer’s work and she’ll discuss how to deal with those difficult moments. Finally, she will discuss some useful tools—the writer’s process journal; the use of a “Next to Do” list; the use of a writing plan—to help writers begin and complete their work.

From our discussion with this amazing teacher and writer:

  • You will learn about the stages of the writing process.
  • You’ll find out what the appropriate behavior will be for each stage of the process.
  • You will discover how knowing about how “real” writers work will facilitate your own
    process.
  • And you will learn a series of techniques to facilitate your work.

In addition to these points we’ll talk about her own process of writing five memoirs, and because I was so inspired by her book on writing as healing, I’d like to talk about that book and that important topic–one that memoir writers encounter regularly.

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Louise DeSalvo is the Jenny Hunter Endowed Scholar for Literature and Creative Writing at Hunter College where she teaches memoir to undergraduates. She has published five memoirs, among them, the award-winning Vertigo and two books about the writing process, Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives and, most recently, The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity. She has been studying and writing about the writing process of famous writers for forty years and has recently completed Chasing Ghosts: A Memoir of a Father, Gone to War, which took her ten years.

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Myers makes a compelling case for the power of words as a form of healing and growth.
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