Upcoming Workshops and Classes

5 Things You Need to know To Become an Award Winning Author

March 6, 2014  Roundtable Discussion

Linda Bello Ruiz, Gold Medal Prize Winner

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

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Linda (Cassells) Bello-Ruiz has written an award-winning memoir From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope. Originally from Redwood Valley, CA. She co-founded and directed The House of Hope in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Having never written a book, Linda did not she see herself as a “writer.”  She had to navigate a steep learning curve to achieve her dream. Not only did she work hard on her book—I coached her through the writing journey—Linda had to learn about how to present her book to the world and the various options/stages of publication. She worked hard in unfamiliar territory to achieve her well-deserved award, just as she worked hard in Costa Rica against all odds to create a safe haven for lost girls.

In this informative teleseminar, you will learn about the five things that helped Linda win her award.

  1. Perseverance against all odds—and passion for her subject
  2. How she assessed her audience
  3. The journey of finding her voice
  4. The editing and revision steps
  5. Her support team


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Linda is the author of From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope, which won the Gold Medal Award in the 2013 Illuminations Book Awards (Memoir Division).  Linda’s memoir tells the story of her remarkable journey from the darkness of despair and crushed dreams to the creation of a house of hope. A story about redemption, faith and purpose as she picked up the pieces of her crushed dreams and went on to co-found and direct The House of Hope for street girls, runaways and underage prostitutes in San Jose, Costa Rica. Linda earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from USF and a master’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University, and worked as a bilingual vocational rehabilitation counselor in Santa Rosa, California for twenty-six years. The mother of four grown children, she divides her time between Lincoln, California and Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico. She is active in RotaryInspire Christian Writers, the Northern California Publishers and Authors Association, and is president of the Lincoln Hills Authors Resource Group.


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You’ve Written Your Memoir—Now What? | Steps on the Path to Publishing

Sam Barry

Member Teleseminar

February 21 2014 with Sam Barry

11 AM PST   12 PM MST   1 PM  CST  2 PM EST


With the publishing world changing every day, your head must be spinning with the choices you have to make. You ask, “Should I find an agent or should I self-publish? How do I know when my manuscript is ready? What are the best publishing choices for my book and theme?”


Sam Barry, director of the Book Passage Path to Publishing Program, is our guest for this member teleseminar. We will talk about what you need to know in 2014 to get your book from manuscript to finished book—up-to-date information about the publishing industry and how you can make informed choices.


Join us for an all-you-need-to-know conversation.


  1. Why you need an editor.
  2. Hiring a mentor or coach—what you need to know.
  3. What’s next: traditional publishing, alternative publishing, or self-publishing?
  4. Finding an agent and selling your manuscript
  5. What you need to know about book design and production
  6. Marketing, publicity, and distribution


Sam Barry heads the Path to Publishing Program at Book Passage. He is editor of and a contributor to “Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All ” by the Rock Bottom Remainders. He is the author of How to Play the Harmonica and Other Life Lessons and co-author of Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now. You can find Sam on Facebook and on Twitter @sambarry.






Shape the Story Structure of your Memoir

 NAMW Member Telseminar with Jerry Waxler

January 24,2014  11 AM PST  12 MST  1 CST  2 EST

jerry_vertical2We are so happy to welcome back Jerry Waxler, an NAMW board member and veteran teacher of memoir writing in his community of Philadelphia, and here at the National Association of Memoir Writers. Jerry is going to teach his specialty workshop in creating story in February, but you can get a taste of what he will present here in this special member teleseminar.

When you remember your past, your memories meander, occurring in random order, leading in no particular direction. As a memoir writer, your goal is to fit the facts into the shape of a compelling and satisfying story. In this teleseminar, Jerry Waxler will help you achieve your writing goals by describing the arc of a story, and offer tips and examples to show how to apply these universal principles to your own unique journey. Come join the call to ask about your own story challenges.

For further instruction, sign up for Jerry’s four-session teleclass on this subject

What you will learn from the teleseminar

  • Why readers expect your memoir to follow the story structure
  • What a universal story structure is
  • Why different situations require a unique approach
  • How the theme of your memoir could suggest your own approach
  • How reading memoirs offers examples to help you write your own


Examples of memoirs with a variety of structures

Linda Joy Myers, Don’t Call me Mother (coming of age)

Cheryl Strayed, Wild (young adult. Externally it’s about a hike. Internally it’s about growing)

Sonia Marsh, Freeways to Flipflops (Midlife of a family. Their trip to Belize combines travel with personal development.)

David Berner, Accidental Lessons (Trying to reinvent himself later in life)

Boyd Lemon, Digging Deep (A story structured as a life review)

Martha Stettinius, Dementia Epidemic (the journey of caregiving for a failing mother)



Jerry Waxler, M.S., is an experienced memoir workshop leader and a member of the advisory board for the National Association of Memoir Writers. His blog contains hundreds of essays, interviews and book reviews about reading and writing memoirs. His book Memoir Revolution offers insights into the cultural trend and personal benefit of writing memoirs. Jerry teaches nonfiction writing at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Writing Conference.

Blog: http://www.memorywritersnetwork.com/blog

Book: Memoir Revolution

Storyboarding Your 2014 Vision | Free NAMW Roundtable Discussion

 New years

 The dream changes at midnight….

from “New Year 2002” by Amy Christman

 Roundtable Discussion January 9, 2014


We begin each year filled with hope and possibilities for delicious outcomes, manifested visions, actualized goals. This will be the year our books will complete, we will build websites, we will master social media! Then, usually before the calendar page turns to February, “real life” descends and we’ve lost that oomph.

I’m so pleased to have as our guest my friend and veteran journaler, visionary, and presenter, Kathleen (Kay) Adams! She is a master of creating new methods to help writing emerge and become real on the page, to invite healing through writing personal stories. Through her books, workbooks, and workshops, Kay has helped train and teach hundreds, even thousands of people through the years, to find their voice, and to invite writing as a way to the inside of their story and their hearts.

In this lively teleworkshop, you’ll learn proven strategies and techniques to “storyboard” your vision for the new year. You’ll be guided to–

  • conceptualize a vision for 2014
  • build the bridge from “here” to “there”
  • draw the map that will help you cross the bridge
  • discover the power of accountability
  • “jump time” to embed and embody successful outcome

Bring your journals or notebooks and come ready to start your own storyboard for success in 2014!


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Kathleen (Kay) Adams LPC, CJT is the CEO/Director of the Center for Journal Therapy, Inc. and its professional training division, the fully online Therapeutic Writing Institute. She spent 2013 actualizing her vision for the Journalverse, an online learning community for journal writers and facilitators worldwide. Kay is the author/editor of nine books on therapeutic writing, including the best-selling Journal to the Self and the just-released Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice. She has never quite grasped the difference between work and play.

Write a Healing Memoir/Spiritual Autobiography Workshop | Winter 2014



We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott 

Workshop: 9 Sessions  Starting January 16, 2014

Thursdays, 3 PM PST/6 PM EST

Linda Joy Myers, Workshop Leader

Included for free: a PDF of my workbook Journey of Memoir–The Three Stages of Memoir Writing

In this workshop, we silence the noise of everyday life and dig into memories, tune into writing our stories, and learn the skills needed to write a satisfying memoir—to get all the way to “The End.” This is a process writing workshop, where digging into your memories, finding the threads of what you remember and writing into what you need to say or explore is what it’s all about. We welcome your first draft, first thoughts in this workshop.To get a memoir done, we must do this early writing first. We enter into the doorway of memory with our writing, and let it flow out.


The group is a witness and a support to your writing and the stories you have to tell. This is not a critique group, it’s a supportive group of fellow seekers and writers who ask useful questions to help you get to the core of your stories and share their own process and raw drafts.


It’s important to write freely without worrying about your inner critic or being published yet—though that may be your ultimate goal. In order to get your memoir done, you need to feed your creative spirit, and have accountability to help get your stories on the page in a first draft. 


How It Works

  1. Send that week’s story to your classmates through email.
  2. Workshop members read and write feedback through email—reflecting on what works, and offering feedback about what could be clarified.
  3. At class time, we gather by phone to talk about the stories—discussing what comes up as you write, your inner critic, doubts and dreams about your stories, and questions about structure. Find out in person on the call what you want to know from the group that will help you continue and develop your work.
  4. As the leader, I guide the group, offer writing tips, and teach techniques that help you keep writing and learn how to grow as a writer.


The workshop includes: 

  • Narrative structure–what it is and how to create it
  • The form of a chapter–what’s needed in a chapter
  • Writing scenes that bring your story alive on the page
  • Weaving scenes and narration–the basic skills of story writing
  • Grammar–how to enhance your use of language
  • Memory–learn to flow with what you remember
  • The inner critic and outer critics–how to quiet them so you can write
  • Outlining vs. freewriting–tools that help you get your rough draft on the page
  • Exploring layers of truth–the essence of memoir writing
  • Family and psyche–the stuff of memoir


Please Note: This class is now full.  Please email Linda Joy Myers at lindajoy@namw.org if you would like to talk about a future class or get on the cancellation list.





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