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June Roundtable Webinar- FREE to All- June 15, 2017

Rifka Kreiter

EVOLUTION OF A MEMOIR–EVERYTHING IN ITS OWN TIME

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

June 15, 2017

We are so pleased that Rifka Kreiter will be joining us. Her book Home Free will take us back to the era of the sixties, and the adventures that were life changing for Rifka. We all go on a journey into the past as we write our memoir, and we discover and uncover surprises, ahas, and “oh, I did that?” moments along the way. It’s a journey that ultimately is rewarding, and I’m glad that we get to speak with Rifka about the life story that has become her book, and her challenges along the way to write and publish her memoir.

From Rifka:

I will speak about the nearly twenty-year journey to publication of my book Home Free: Adventures of  child of the Sixties. The journey began with writing group pieces that seemed to cry out,  “We wanna be a book.”   Classes, workshops, writing groups followed, as well as long fallow periods, illustrating one teacher’s counsel that “for some pieces, you have to do more living before you’re ready to write it.”  And then there was the “onerous” publishing process, with its many trials.

Motivations that kept me going were:

  • Self-examination: Coming to terms with my difficult personal history
  • Fun: The pleasure of revisiting the experience of being young in that extraordinary time and sharing my stories of adventure
  • Bearing witness: The deep satisfaction of describing the amazing grace that transformed my life. I felt, if only one reader found encouragement and hope in my story, that would make it worthwhile.

Members Will:

  • Find out how to keep persisting despite obstacles to write the book of your heart.
  • Be encouraged to find tools to free your inner writer, such as Morning Pages.
  • Discover techniques I found helpful in dealing with the inner critic
  • Learn about querying agents and publishers, and how I made the decisions I did.

 

Bio

An astrologer once told Rifka Kreiter that a certain planetary conjunction in her chart signifies “an unusual life, full of unexpected happenings,” and this has certainly proved true.

Home Free recounts her peripatetic early life in New York, LA and San Diego.  She studied acting at New York’s High School of Performing Arts, philosophy at City College of New York and Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University.  She has worked as a waitress, hatcheck girl and hearing researcher.  She was Continuity Director at a New York radio station and Assistant Convention Manager at the Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskill Mountains.

Since 1976 she has been following an ancient yogic path and she lived in a meditation ashram for ten years. Rifka currently teaches meditation and has a day job.  At age 55 she (finally) met her life partner, an Upper West Side psychotherapist.  They live happily together in suburban New Jersey.  Contact her at rifkakreiter.com.

Labor Day and Back to School Sale 2016

 It’s time to celebrate Labor Day and Back to School here at NAMW!

From September 3 through September 5, 2016 at midnight, NAMW is offering $20 off the cost of an annual membership to NAMW!

Here at NAMW, we think of the end of summer and the new crispness of autumn as a chance for new beginnings. I always think the beginning of September is a perfect time to pick up projects that languished over the summer and recommit myself to my work. It’s a great time to refocus and reset goals, and make plans for our projects as if we are going back to school. I don’t know about you, but I loved those new notebooks, pencils, and the aroma of new books, and still love to buy new pens!

And here at NAMW, we offer so many opportunities to learn, from our Member Teleseminars and Roundtables to our special Telesummits and Group Coaching. You have access to the recordings of these events when you become a member.

So we say, let’s KICKSTART our focus with a sale on NAMW annual membership!

If you are working on your memoir, and want to learn craft, get inspiration, and have accountability to develop your memoir, please join us. We want to support you to get your memoir written and published.

Become a member today!

To celebrate new beginnings, NAMW is offering $20 off the cost of annual membership and renewals from Saturday September 3rd through Monday September 5th!

NAMW new Memberships are  $149 SALE $129 
NAMW Renewals are $139 SALE $119

Current and lapsed members are encouraged to take advantage of this sale!

If you’re still unsure about joining, here are just a few great reasons why it pays to be a NAMW member:

  • FREE access to Live Monthly Teleseminars and FREE downloadable recordings of over 70 archived Teleseminars
  • Free downloadable recordings of our past Telesummits, with valuable topics such as “From Story to Sold! Becoming a Successful Memoir Author”
  • Special Member Discounts for Workshops, Online Classes, and Webinars
  • Receive three FREE e-books on the memoir-writing craft by renowned authors
    PDF download of the NAMW e-Book: Memoir Writing as a Healing Journey by Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D.
  • Access to information on contests, grants, and publishers as well as exposure to cutting-edge news and information about the memoir-writing field
  • All members of NAMW are invited to sign up for once a month group laser coaching sessions with Linda Joy Myers
  • Opportunities to share your successes and new publications with other memoir writers and ask questions on our NAMW Members-Only Facebook group

…And much, much more!

We hope in the spirit of the new “school year,” you’ll decide to take your relationship with NAMW to the next level and join as a member.

 

New, current and expired members are encouraged to take advantage of this sale. 

If you are a member, be sure you are logged in to get the additional discount and we’ll simply add 12 months to whatever amount of time currently exists on your membership.  It’s that easy!

We hope to see you at the next teleseminar!

 

Writing and Publishing Dog Medicine—a Best Selling Memoir

Julie Barton

Member Teleseminar

April 22

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

Julie BartonIn this month’s teleseminar, we’ll talk about how I came to writing memoir, my writing process, and how the actual writing is where the joy is. We’ll discuss overall story arc—one of the hardest things about memoir—and I’ll reveal a great (though difficult) method that helped my book go from good to great. If there’s time, we’ll discuss my road to publication and the wild ride that landed my book in the hands of the president of Penguin Books. We can discuss the vast difference between being published by a tiny indie publisher versus being published by one of the big New York houses. There are pluses and minuses to both! Also, promotion: the dreaded word for us introverted wordsmiths. It doesn’t have to be as awful as you imagine.

What you will learn:

  • How to have patience with yourself and write a little bit each day
  • Revision, revision, revision. Revising as a way to introduce story arc.
  • My unusual publishing experience: being published by a tiny indie press then picked up by Penguin Books.
  • Promotion: yes, it’s as important as they say it is. How not to hate it.

Bio

Dog Medicine book coverJulie Barton is a writer, mother of two and animal lover who lives in Northern California. Her memoir, Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself will be published by Penguin Books on July 19th, 2016. (The book was initially published 11/15 by Think Piece Publishing.) Julie has a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. Julie’s writing has been published in Brain Child MagazineThe South Carolina ReviewLouisiana Literature, Two Hawks Quarterly, Westview, The Huffington Post, and more. Mostly she just tries to be kind to people and animals, avoid judgement, appreciate nature, and write every chance she gets.

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Featured NAMW Member – Paula Wagner

Paula_WagnerChameleon Season, (my coming of age memoir in progress) focuses on a five-year period in Israel and France where I lived as a young woman in the turbulent sixties. Although I left home at barely eighteen, through many childhood moves, I had learned to adapt, like a chameleon wherever I landed. A year in a London boarding school at age fourteen had opened my eyes to the world of my English mother. Now I dreamed of exploring my father’s Jewish roots – perhaps as a way to his elusive heart – as well as a home and identity of my own. But when I set out on this journey with the all the idealism, naiveté and bravado of youth, I had no idea it would determine the course of my life.

Pursuing my love of language, I found an intensive work/study program in Israel where I could learn Hebrew while living on a collective farm called a kibbutz. Although my twin sister came with me on the trip, our paths soon diverged as we struggled to establish our own identities. By year’s end, we had each fallen in love with the men we would marry, and I would travel to France while my sister stayed behind.

Living in France and mastering another new language, I missed my sister deeply, yet also felt an odd sense of elation. Without my mirror twin, for the first time in my life, I was seen as an individual rather than a clone. Yet instead of “finding myself,” I noticed myself developing several distinct “selves.” Like nesting dolls, in addition to my American and English personae, Israeli and French girls were also growing inside me – each with her own language, clothes, experiences and behavior.

When I took my first memoir class, I only knew I wanted to tell my story, but since then the process has taken me on a new journey. As I learn the art and craft of memoir – how to use action, reflection, dialog and narrative to express my emotional truth – I also benefit enormously from the supportive guidance of the NAMW community. The self-knowledge and healing that come through writing our deepest truths becomes a great reward!

 

Bio

Paula Wagner, MA, RPC was born in London, grew up in the US and now lives in Albany, CA with her night owl husband who cheerfully puts up with her writing into the wee hours. When she’s not writing her memoir, she offers career counseling and resume writing through LifeWork Careers. Travel, swimming, river rafting, yoga and singing bring her great joy as well as her family of four children and eight grandchildren. She would love her two tortoise shell cats more if only they weren’t holy terrors.

 

 

 

Prepping Yourself and Your Book Idea for Success

January 8, 2014

4 PM PST   5 PM MST   6 PM CST   7 PM EST

nina-amirGuest: Nina Amir

We are so pleased to have Nina Amir return as our guest! Nina has traveled the path of publishing from self-publishing to becoming a renowned author at Writer’s Digest books. She knows her stuff, and in this teleseminar she will guide us through the things you need to know about getting the right focus for your book and plan your trajectory from writer to author so you are successful.

The average book today sells only about 250 copies a year, 3,000 in its lifetime. Improve your odds of becoming a successful author by producing a business plan for your book before you write a word. As you do, you’ll develop an Author Attitude and learn how to evaluate your ideas and yourself through the same lens used by an acquisitions editor. You also develop a career plan to help you reach your destination: successful authorship.

Learn how to determine if your book is not only a great creative idea but also marketable product—a viable business venture—as you go through the Author Training Process. It’s the foundation for creating books that sell—to publishers and to readers! This evaluation tool helps you determine if your book is ready to go to market—to be shopped to agents, publishers or readers—and if you are ready to become an author.

This is NOT a session on how to write a book proposal (but you’ll learn a lot about it). This IS a session about how to use the parts of a book proposal as a process to train yourself to see both the creative and business aspects of writing and publishing a book and creating a business plan for a book. This session is appropriate for fiction writers and for nonfiction writers.

(Based on Nina Amir’s new book, The Author Training Manual, Writer’s Digest Books, Feb. 2014.)

Session takeaways:

  1. Learn how to discover if your book idea is marketable.
  2. Find out how to decide if you are cut out to write and market a successful book—if you are an attractive publishing partner or savvy indie publisher.
  3. Discover what publishers and readers want.
  4. Learn how to produce a successful book.
  5. Take the nine steps in the “proposal process.”
  6. See through an acquisitions editor’s eyes.
  7. Find out why you shouldn’t write your book as soon as you get the idea.
  8. Learn how to be the business partner a publisher seeks.

Nina Amir, the bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, is a speaker, a blogger, and an author, book, and blog-to-book coach. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. As a hybrid author she has published 15 books and had as many as four books on the Amazon Top 100 list at the same time.

Here is the recording of the call:

Testimonials

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