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How Do You Choose the Best Storytelling Structure For Your Story?

Beth Barany

May Member Webinar

May 12, 2017

11 AM PDT  12 PM MDT  1 PM CDT  2 PM EDT 

How to choose the right structure for your story is a question that haunts most writers. Especially intuitive writers — pantsers — who tend to write organically.

Why does a story’s structure make writing it easier…or harder? When you find a storytelling structure that resonates with the kind of story you want to tell, the right structure stimulates your imagination.

Choosing the wrong structure can cause you to get stuck—because the structure works against you as you’re telling the story. You might mistake it for writer’s block. And spend weeks…or months…being stuck.

(Story structure is NOT plot. But story structure gives rise to plot.)

Join us for this NAMW webinar where we discuss “How to Choose Your Story’s Structure.”

In this webinar, you’ll learn the ins and outs of five powerful storytelling structures:

  • The Three-Act Structure
  • The Hero’s Journey
  • The Virgin Archetypal Journey
  • The 5-Point Plot Structure
  • The Five Commandments of Storytelling

We’ll also discuss:

  • what kinds of stories each structure lends itself to
  • how each structure is related to the other four, and
  • how “obligatory scenes” fit into these structures. If you’ve tried to plot according to a traditional story structure but it hasn’t worked…

If your stories feel “off” but you can’t put your finger on why…

If you’ve been confused by the Hero’s Journey or three-act structure in the past…

…don’t miss out on this chance to master five powerful storytelling structures and take your stories to the next level!



Beth Barany is a certified creativity coach, NLP Practitioner, and keynote speaker. She helps fiction writers get their writing done and out into the world via Barany School of Fiction and the Writer’s Fun Zone blog. She’s the bestselling author of The Writer’s Adventure Guide and Overcome Writer’s Block. Her most recent book for writers is Twitter For Authors.

Beth writes young adult fantasy and paranormal romance. Her young adult epic fantasy novel, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, now the first book in a trilogy, won the Grand Prize in the 2012 California Book Fiction Challenge. Check out her free 5-day Writer’s Motivation mini-course: http://bethbarany.com/5daycourse.htm.


Free Roundtable February 7, 2013 |Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing for Shy Writers



Free Roundtable Discussion–please sign up!



We are so pleased to have Beth Barany, author of Twitter for Authors, here to guide us into Twitter Land! Join us for the free discussion!

Whether we like it or not, social media book marketing is key to building your author platform and to selling more books. For many authors, the idea of sharing themselves with the world through Twitter and other social media platforms can be petrifying. But in Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing for Shy Writers, you will discover simple ways to connect with your audience and potential readers, using Twitter specifically.

In this a special presentation for NAMW, presented by a shy writer, novelist and coach, Beth Barany, you’ll discover confidence and encouragement to step into social media and some how-to steps on what to say, how to find your followers, and how to present yourself in 140 characters or less.

This hour-long discussion will focus on:

  • How to build your network on Twitter
  • How to use special tools like hashtags and chats
  • How to make best use of your Twitter time
  • How to use Twitter to build your author career even before you’re published
  • And more!

Based on the ebook (soon in print!), Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing for Shy Writers, Beth Barany wrote this book to be read and then acted upon, so you can build your audience and your brand today.


Beth Barany is a writer’s coach, a keynote speaker and a marketing advisor for writers and publishers. The author of the bestselling books, The Writer’s Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book and Overcome Writer’s Block, she also publishes the monthly digital magazine, Author Entrepreneurship Magazine, to help authors create successful and sustainable careers. Beth is the award-winning novelist of the young adult epic fantasy, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, the first of a 3-book series.

As a Master NLP Practitioner and Certified Creativity Coach, Beth has helped authors get their books written, edited and published for over 12 years, as well as guided them in effectively marketing and selling their work. Five of her clients’ books have been best-sellers. Sign up for her newsletter and receive her free Writer’s Motivation Mini-Course at www.BethBarany.com. Free subscription to Author Entrepreneurship Magazine at www.authorentrepreneurship.com.

You Can Learn to Use Social Media Effectively and Still Write Your Books

Writers, social media marketing can be overwhelming. I totally understand. I’m a writer, too. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if you could approach it with enjoyment, like the way you have your morning coffee or tea? Morning than that lovely morning ritual, what if you could approach social media like the way you think about hanging out with your favorite people? Because that’s what your social media activity can be. It’s not about “buy this; buy that,” it’s about connecting with your friends and the people who could be your friends, readers, supporters, biggest fans, and cheerleaders. 

In preparation for my chat with Founder and President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, I’d like to share with you some key tips I use with all my authors to help them turn their social media overwhelm into a welcoming conversation.

It all starts with being able to deliver a Clear Message. To share your books with the world, you need to know what you’re really communicating. You need to know your audience, what they get out of your books, and the experience you’d like them to have when they read your books. I explain in depth with examples how to create a one-sentence phrase that can be your guiding light in all your social media activities on my blog, the Writer’s Fun Zone called “Your Clear Message: Get Your Potential Readers Curious Now” here: http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/2011/01/04/your-clear-message-get-your-potential-readers-curious-now/

Once you know your Clear Message, I recommend you dive into a few social media channels to see if you like them. For writers, I often recommend Twitter because it’s not so visually overwhelming, like Facebook can be for many people. Also, your messages only need to be up to 140 characters long. I believe that we are inventing these social media tools as we use them; there is no one right way. And you can’t break anything. If you don’t like what you’ve written you can always delete your posts. {Whew!}

 To learn how to use Twitter, I say just jump in and play, and learn from others! Like me! I learned from others, as I share in this post: “Dare to Play With Twitter: The Dirty Little Secret” http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/2011/09/20/dare-to-play-with-twitter-the-dirty-little-secret/

Lastly, social media isn’t a replacement for meeting your readers face-to-face, so don’t hide behind your Facebook profile. Once in a while, go out to meet your readers at book signings, conventions, conferences, etc. Even if you’re unpublished, learn how to talk about your book in short bits.

Your job as a marketer for your writing career is to talk up your books! A good post on how to do that is here: “How to Write the Perfect Pitch to Sell Your Novel In Person” http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/2012/01/25/how-to-write-the-perfect-pitch-to-sell-your-novel-in-person/ (Written by my talented husband, author of the bestselling suspense novel, The Torah Codes.)

As you can see, I have lots of resources for you, and look forward to sharing more of them on the call this week.

Of course, you’re welcome to connect with me on Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn.

Beth Barany is the author of the award-winning fantasy novel, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (The Five Kingdoms, Book #1). She’s also the author of the bestselling nonfiction books for writers: The Writer’s Adventure Guide and Overcome Writer’s Block. More at www.bethbarany.com.

NAMW February 2012 Newsletter


National Association of Memoir Writers Be Brave. Write Your Story

In this Issue:

Welcome & Updates
February Writing Prompts
Valentine’s Day Promotion
February Events
NAMW Writing Workshops
Other Important Events








NAMW NEWSLETTER February 2012 | Issue #53 
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I’m writing my memoir

Thinking of you.

Welcome to all new subscribers to our newsletter and NAMW  members! We love connecting with you and learning about your writing life, challenges and questions. We’ve had a great beginning to our writing year with our roundtable guest Teresa LeYung Ryan and our teleseminar presentation on Genre Bending with Jane Vandenburgh. You can listen to the Roundtable discussion on the importance of platform here–or our other free recordings. If you’re a member, be sure to tune into the audio with Jane. Both presentations had me taking pages of notes! 
It’s not too early to have thoughts of spring–it’s lighter every day, and creativity abounds in nature, even when hidden by snow or cold. In California, buds have poked out on trees and bushes. Valentine’s Day is soon, a day to celebrate those we love and how we have been loved in our lives. 

Hope is a Thing with Feathers    
by Emily Dickinson
Hope is a thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings a tune without words
And never stops at all


  • A great writing prompt: make lists of the people we are happy to know and love.
  • Write a portrait about them. Use Dickinson’s poem above as inspiration to write about hope.
  • Write about love–of nature, a person, a book, or….


To celebrate Valentine’s Day,we are offering a discount on membership until February 15, 2012.  For the next week, NAMW membership is only $129!  This is $20 off the normal price.  Make sure to take advantage of this great deal while it lasts.  Click here to join today at our reduced rate.   We are also offering this discount on membership renewals.  Please click here if you wish to renew your existing membership at this rate.  

We offer:

  • Three free eBooks when you sign up
  • A welcome package with Myers’ memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, discussion questions, a CD, and writing tips
  • Access to over 80 audios with agents, authors, teachers, and marketing experts
  • Monthly excusive conversations with experts in writing and publishing
  • Connection with other memoir writers at our Facebook page

And much more. To read all our benefits click here.


February Events
Free Roundtable Discussion about Memory–Memories are Made of This–or Are They?
Sharon Lippincott

Let’s have fun talking about the very resource that drives memoirs– memory. Sharon will talk with us about her research and the nature of memory, and we will all chime to discuss the various kinds of memory–visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
  • What is your strongest source of memory?
  • How do you interact with memory in your writing and reflecting? 
  • Are there tools that help you remember–share them with us on the call.
Sign up here so you can get the audio for this discussion!

Member Teleseminar February
Social Media Branding for Memoir Writers: Discover how to  attract raving fans 
Beth Barany
I attended a seminar with Beth in September in the San  Francisco Bay Area, and learned so much about social media that I wanted everyone to know about her, and to learn from her, so she’s our guest in February.
Find out more here.


New Mini-Writing Workshops at NAMW

Polish up your writing skills and dust off your stories in Year of the Memoir. Do you have some stories you’ve been meaning to revise, or finish? Do you wonder about what skills you need to complete your book or short memoir?

Two new short workshops at a rock bottom price can help you pick up your writing and move forward–where did you stop writing anyway, you ask yourself. Engaging with your material helps to get you back in writing mode so you can get published in 2012.

We are so pleased to present two new workshops with our veteran teachers Sharon Lippincott and Jerry Waxler, who are also NAMW advisory board members.

Soaring High and Digging Deep
3-Week Short Course
Sharon Lippincott
February 8- February 29
Calls: 8 p.m. EST / 7 CST / 6 MST / 5 PST
One of the most daunting aspects of writing a memoir is finding and clarifying the thread of the story. You may have already used the tried-and-true technique of drawing a time-line of your life, listing turning points and other key events. Perhaps you’ve mined piles of journals and made long lists of memories. Stacks of vignette stories may wait to be woven into a larger tale. Or, you may be staring at a blank page and wondering where to start. Whatever your situation and stage of writing, this class will give you unique new tools for exploring your life from several perspectives. Read more… Visit Sharon’s Website.
Four Elements for Your Memoir Journey
Jerry Waxler
March 21- April 2, 2012 
4 weeks 
90 minute workshop
Members – $69 Non-Members – $79 

To start a memoir, and just as importantly, to keep going, you must master the art of self-direction. This workshop will provide you the four essential elements that every writer needs in order to overcome resistance, and harness positive energy. Based on Jerry Waxler’s Four Elements of Self Help for Writers, the class will help you get to your chair and maintain focus and creativity while you’re there. Writing exercises will show you how to connect with the strengths you have developed in the past. The workshop will give you insights into these four aspects of energetic writing. Read more



These terrific conferences will hone your skills and connect you with new writing friends, perhaps an agent or a publisher of your dreams:

San Francisco Writing Conference
February 17-19, 2012

This great conference connects you with writers and authors from all over the world. Speed Dating with Agents is worth the admission alone. Terrific workshops and networking in the heart of San Francisco!

Associated Writing Programs Conference
Chicago, February 29-March 4

Have you ever gathered with 10,000 other writers? This is your chance in the Windy City!  Hurry, almost sold out. Check out the amazing presenters in three different hotels in Chicago. Bring your faux fur coat!
National Assocation of Memoir Writers | 1700 Solano Ave | Berkeley, CA 94707

Social Media Branding for Memoir Writers: Discover how to attract raving fans | NAMW Teleseminar

February 24 Memoir Teleseminar–Learn about Social Media from Beth Barany

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


Write a good book, we’re told.

Yes, absolutely!

And now it’s time to tell others who don’t yet know about you about your book.

That’s marketing.

Yes, even unpublished authors can and need to start marketing for a successful career now. Yes, starting now.

But where do we begin?

Many authors think all you need to do is get on Facebook and Twitter and get blogging, and then people will find you.

Actually, you need to show up on social media in just the right ways to attract your right readers. Then continue the conversation.

This is an author marketing & branding.

In this conversational teleseminar with the founder of the National Association Memoir Writers, Linda Joy Myers, we will help you take the first steps to attract your right readers and build your fan base of raving fans so you can sell more books.

In this conversation you will:
— Discover your Clear Message to attract your right readers
— Define your unique author identity to start the conversation
— Uncover the key to successful marketing and branding: the Success Mindset
— Lastly, learn what to say on the social medias to attract your right readers and more of them.

You have to be a member of NAMW to listen in, so take a look at our many  generous member benefits  and join us!


Beth Barany has been helping authors get their books written and edited, published and marketed into the hands of their readers for over 10 years. Beth teaches workshops to authors and business people in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States, and now in Europe.

Four of her clients’ books have been bestsellers, including Writing Romance, When I Was There, Honest Medicine, and The Torah Codes.

Beth is the author of The Writer’s Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book, and the bestselling Overcome Writer’s Block and runs an active online community for authors who use journaling for self-development. She has been a columnist and editor at The National Networker, and a contributing author to several anthologies, including Creativity Coaching Success Stories and Full Strength Marketing: How You Can Use Your Hidden Strengths, Break Through Inner Barriers and Raise Your Profits. Beth also writes fantasy and paranormal novels. Her newest fantasy book is the award-winning young adult novel, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer. She’s working on the sequel.

Beth Barany lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and 2 cats. In her off-hours, She loves to watch movies, garden and do kickboxing.

For more information about Beth, her services, and all her social media links check out her site at www.bethbarany.com.

If you want to join us for this teleseminar, you must become a member.  Click here for more information.




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