Public Memoir Roundtables

New Free Public Roundtable Discussions about Memoir Writing

New at NAMW! Free roundtable discussions with experts in the field of memoir writing. The line is left open to all guests so they can ask questions about their own work with the guest speakers. Everyone who signs up for the roundtable receives an audio download of the conversation.
The Roundtable Discussions began in August, 2010. For the first session, Denis LeDoux from Turning Memories into Memoirs, talked with Sheila Bender and Linda Joy Myers about the creative process of writing a memoir. The idea that we are “meaning makers” inspired the audience to discuss meaning and theme in their memoirs, and to find value in the subconscious cues that we receive when we are open to them.

In September, Jane Friedman, a contributing editor at Writers Digest, led a discussion on Red Flags on Your First Page. Jane discussed the importance of beginning your memoir with a scene that invites the reader into your world, and emphasized that memoir writing is a long process of discovering your story and learning how to present it so the reader is drawn into your world. It’s imperative to use sensual details to help the reader feel and know that world.
Each month there will be a new guest with information on how to make your writing life meaningful and successful. On October 7, Nina Amir will talk with Linda Joy and callers on the line about Writing Nonfiction in November.

Please note the time and date for these calls on the home page of NAMW.

Public Memoir Writing Roundtable with Jane Friedman & Linda Joy Myers **September 2, 2010**

Jane Friedman-The Most Progressive Media Professional You'll MeetEvaluating Your First Page for Red Flags

Date:     Thursday September 2, 2010

Time: 4 PM PDT |5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT |  7 PM EDT

Cost: FREE FOR EVERYONE (NAMW Members–The dial in details can be found below–if you can’t see them, simply login to the member area to view this post.  If you are not an NAMW member, simply sign up for this free call by using the form near the bottom of this page).

[private_NAMW]Telephone Conference call-in number: (323) 417-0075
Telephone Conference call-in code: 123631#[/private_NAMW]

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NAMW members will be able to access a link to download the audio mp3 of this call following the event.

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Our first FREE Memoir Roundtable Teleconversation will be held this THURSDAY, on September 2nd at 4:00 PM PDT|7:00 PM EDT via telephone. Everyone is invited to attend these new FREE monthly Teleconversations. This month, NAMW President, Linda Joy Myers will be joined on the line with Jane Friedman, Contributing Editor at Writer’s Digest. Linda and Jane will discuss and accept your questions regarding the theme of Evaluating Your First Page for Red Flags. The format for this call differs from our Monthly Member-only Teleseminars in that it is an informal discussion Roundtable that you can be part of to exchange ideas with not only the expert but other NAMW members. Besides offering you a direct connection with experts–a benefit that will help you to develop your ideas and hone your skills as you write, edit, revise, and publish your memoir–you will have the opportunity to develop relationships within the NAMW memoir writing community.

Please join us for these special events that are open to the public. No RSVP is necessary for NAMW members.  Simply use the dial-in information above.  If you are not an NAMW member, simply sign up below!  We look forward to meeting you there!

If you are not an NAMW member, sign up below to receive the call-in details via email AND receive a link to an audio recording of the call shortly following the call!



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

James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D. professor of psychology, The University of Texas at Austin and author, Opening Up and Writing To Heal

...the NAMW memoir classes with Linda Joy Myers are wonderful

Kathy Pooler