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

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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

 

 

NAMW Member Teleseminar: Naming it – Telling the Truth About Family Abuse

Marion Roach Smith

Marion Roach Smith

Date: June 19, 2015

Time:

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

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How do you write memoir about the damage of family abuse? When you do, what level of truth do you need to bring to the piece? Maybe you are living with something right now that is too difficult to write in real time. Perhaps it is in your past. We will discuss how to make notes on the present or write about past, as well as how to decide which time in your life you want to write from. Thinking about these issues is enough to stop even the boldest writer. But don’t let it stop you. Let’s talk about abuse and how to write about it successfully.

 

Points to be covered will include:

• How to access the truth from a complex family trauma
• What details from your story you need to reveal for the piece to work
• Maintaining anonymity and privacy when writing about abuse
• Understanding whose story it is and taking ownership of the tale

Author bio
Marion Roach Smith is the author of four books, as well as the co-author of several others. Her most recent book is The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life (Grand Central, 2011) She is a former staff member of The New York Times. A commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” she has published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Time Science Times, The Los Angeles Times, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Discover, and Martha Stewart Living and elsewhere. Since 1998, she has taught classes in writing memoir, and now teaches worldwide online. She blogs about writing memoir on www.marionroach.com.

Is Memoir on Your Bucket List? Free Memoir Webinar

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 BUCKETS

FREE Memoir Webinar June 1 at 4pm PT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET

Is Memoir on Your Bucket List?

Have you been thinking of writing a memoir, but aren’t sure if you should, how your family will react, or where to start? These are typical places where people hesitate about writing their story. But you can get help for all these problems.

I am excited to join with my colleague Brooke Warner again to offer you a free webinar this next Monday, June 1 that addresses the places where people who want to write typically get stuck. It doesn’t help either when other writers broadcast that you have to be well known, or an experienced writer to write your own story.

Take it from us—and we have coached over 150 people in our Write Your Memoir in Six Months classes—all you need is the desire to write and be willing to jump into the project you have always been meaning to do: write your story, share the family stories you know so well, help others learn from your wisdom and life experience.

The details are below. Hope to see you on the call!
FREE webinar June 1 at 4pm PT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET

Is Memoir on Your Bucket List?

If so, let this be the year you make it happen! This free 1-hour is a celebration of the memoir phenomenon, and an exploration of why now is a fantastic time to start and/or finish your memoir.

What we’ll be covering:

The reasons why people write memoir.
One that we encounter often in the baby boomer generation is the desire to leave a legacy for the family. Maybe you want to explore who you were forty years ago, and to go deeper into your experience to sort out who you were and what your dreams were, and how you evolved into who you became. Another reason people write memoir is to find a way to tell a story that no one has ever told before—about themselves, about an experience. Do you have a story that’s full of inspiration? That might help or inform others? What are your stories? We invite you to consider this question and explore with us.

Understanding what memoir is.
There is still, amazingly, a lot of discussion about who should and shouldn’t write a memoir; whether people who aren’t likely to get picked up by a big publisher should bother to write. There is speculation that there is too much memoir being written now, and that somehow it’s reserved for people who have a “valuable” story to tell, which immediately puts a judgment on memoir. We know that each story is valuable. Each story has something to offer the reader. In our classes we teach about how to engage your readers, and refine what you’re writing, but first you need to get clear on what you have to share with the world.

5 solid strategies for getting started.
Every writer is different and every story needs a beginning. But do you know where to start? Or maybe you’ve started, and you need some tips for getting restarted? These strategies work for that too. We will discuss the ways that you can begin and develop your memoir. We’ll give you pointers for ways to sort out your hundreds of thousands of memories into your story—with themes, turning points, and lessons for the reader.

Success stories
Many of the writers we work with have finished their memoirs. Some have found agents, while others have gone on to publish their work with publishers or on their own. Many are working on their final revisions. Writing a memoir is an ongoing creative process that’s demanding at times, and other writers’ stories are often the inspiration and push you need to believe that you can do it too. We’ve worked with students who didn’t consider themselves “writers,” who learned the techniques of good writing and developed their craft and now fully own that title. When they sign with a publishing company or win prizes—as many of our authors have—we celebrate in their success. Writing a memoir does not have to be a dream you have, something you hope you might do one day; it can be a reality!

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Hope to see you on the call!

 

Linda Joy

What Made Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club a New York Times Bestseller–Free Webinar

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 Mary Karr free

Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club is one of the classic memoirs that started the Memoir Revolution. This book is 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.

Karr’s 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.

 

Join Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner, co-authors of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir, for an in-depth conversation about Mary  Karr’s The Liars’ Club, and a discussion about what made this memoir become a favorite.

  • How Mary Karr handles trauma in The Liars’ Club and what you can learn from her.
  • How to use varied narrative/voice techniques to guide the reader through a complicated story and through to transformation.
  • How Mary Karr’s uses a circular structure to unpack her intense story, and how to choose what to tell and when.
  • Ways to bring your characters to life, and what we can learn about character development in The Liars’ Club.

 

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http://writeyourbookinsixmonths.com/the-liars-club-free-webinar

 

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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