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September Roundtable Event – FREE to All – September 7, 2017

The Story You Need to Tell – We all have one!

Sandra Marinella

September 7, 2017

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

True stories are the heart of The Story You Need to Tell—How Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss Can Transform Your Life.  When I faced breast cancer in 2012, I decided to write to heal. And I did.  Inspired, I dug out and read twenty-seven of my old journals. Here I learned the power of personal writing to help me navigate a death, a post-partum depression, and my cancer, followed by my son’s cancer. Although my memoir frames and is threaded throughout this book, I focus on stories I collected from over 100 writers during my five years of writing. These unsung heroes share their heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming stories and shed light on how writing can change and transform our lives. This work is not only a memoir, but also a guide to transformative storytelling and writing based on over 200 research studies. I hope it will guide many memoir writers toward the story they need to tell. We all have one.

What we will explore:

  • What is the “story you need to tell?” and why is it important to write it?
  • What are the benefits of writing our memoirs?
  • What role can our intuition play in writing our memoirs?
  • How can interviews enhance your writing?
  • What are the stages of writing to heal and transform?
  • What are the potential roadblocks in writing and researching a nonfiction memoir?
  • What role can your friends and community play in your writing and publishing process?

 

Biography

Sandra Marinella is an award-winning writing teacher and author from Chandler, Arizona.  She has taught thousands of students and presented hundreds of writing workshops. Her articles have appeared in The English Journal, The Arizona English Bulletin, and Seventeen. When she discovered she had breast cancer, she rewrote her personal story and began working on “writing to heal” with cancer patients and veterans.  Her new book, The Story You Need to Tell–Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss (New World Library, 2017) shares her life-changing journey and these inspiring experiences. You can learn more at www.storyyoutell.com and follow her at www.facebook.com/storyyouneedtotell

Explorations Beyond the Traditional Memoir: Taking the Authority to Write another Person’s Story

Denis Ledoux

July Member Teleseminar

July 21, 2017

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

When you write your own memoir, you have access to the expert: you. While this is not easy, there are fewer hurdles to manage when writing about your life than when you write someone else’s story. You have to get into the point of view of someone whose life you have not lived. While writing through the eyes of someone else is related to ghostwriting, it’s different and Denis will discuss these differences.

In this presentation, Denis Ledoux, memoir writer, teacher, coach, editor and ghostwriter will share what he sees as the differences between ghostwriting and claiming another’s point of view. He wrote his mother’s memoir We Were Not Spoiled [written with her as a somewhat-passive informant] and his wife’s, A Sugary Frosting—A Memoir of a Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage and My Eye Fell into The Soup—A Journal Memoir of Living with Stage 4 Cancer [written after her death].

Denis will discuss:

  1. Assuming the authority to write the memoir of another person from the first person and why that is essential. Assuming this authority separates memoir from biography.
  2. When you can do this and when you can’t.
  3. Using Memory Lists to outline and explore the person’s life. Memory Listing is perhaps as close as you get to a magic bullet to banish writer’s block and keep you writing month after month.
  4. Researching the bigger picture to have a context for writing about a life with perspective and historical insights.
  5. Interpreting the person’s life using the Memory List, your intuition, and research. Interpretation can be dangerous territory, and Denis will offer suggestions for navigating it safely to publication.
  6. Finding and working with review persons to help authenticate / validate what you wrote.

Denis Ledoux’s flagship book, Turning Memories Into Memoirs / A Handbook for Writing Lifestories [available both in e- and hard copy], has been joined on Amazon by a number of other how-to books. Among them are Don’t Let Writer’s Block Stop You, Start Your Memoir Right and the free Memoir Writing 101. In the summer of 2017, he published the e- and the hard-copy of My Eye Fell Into The Soup / A Journal Memoir of Living with Stage 4 Cancer. It is drawn both from his wife’s journals and his own. My Eye Fell Into The Soup is the third in a series of five memoirs focused on his wife. The first in the series, The Nice-Nice Club Holds Its Last Meeting, is available free on Amazon.

  1. To access the most current catalog of his writing books, his memoirs, and other titles, visit the memoir store.
  2. To read over 500 free articles on memoir writing, go to http://thememoirnetwork.com/memoir-blog.
  3. To participate in the free membership offering multiple downloads: http://thememoirnetwork.com

 

 

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!

 

ABOUT BETH BARANY

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.

 

Spring Membership Sale

A memoir tells the story that otherwise would be lost.  If you are writing a memoir, you probably are aware of the various layers of excitement/worry/curiosity/ and passion that goes with such a project. It takes craft and creativity, persistence and motivation to write a story about your life. It means you are vulnerable and exposed too, even to yourself. I know this well. have just finished writing my second memoir Song of the Plains—A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence, and I can tell you I went through, and am still going through, all the ups and downs that you do as I wrote the book. And now I’m going to share it with the world. Gulp!

I kept asking  myself why I did this—again—and found an answer, or answers: because I have a story that I believe is particularly mine, yet has universal elements in it that we all share: mothers, grandmothers, fathers, and a search for identity. It’s about blood ties, and the land where bones are buried. It’s about failures and secrets and successes, and hope. All our stories are about these things in one way or another. The trick is to find your particular vision and voice, the threads of your story that you weave together for us to read. 

Here at the National Association of Memoir Writers, our goal is to help you learn new skills and to lift you up as you work on your story. This year we added two new features: our monthly programs are in a webinar format, which makes learning and connecting even easier and more fun. And at our group coaching sessions members have been making new friends and finding writing buddies that help them on the journey. Our Roundtable webinars feature new authors just like you, who have crossed the finish line into “published author.” Some of these writers have been NAMW members and now are authors! Their books are winning prizes! This is very exciting.

We’re celebrating a creative spring this year, and the fact that memoir is still wildly popular and a genre that isn’t going away! There are more ways than ever to be published and share our stories, so keep writing! 

To help you celebrate we’re offering a special spring sale of $40 off our regular membership price—Only $109 for a year membership.  Renewals are also discounted $40 off and are only $107.  Our sale begins Friday, April 14th and ends at midnight on Monday, April 17th. 

You receive two new bonuses with your membership: The audio and transcript of What Made Liar’s Club a New York Times Bestseller—a four week course taught by Brooke Warner and me a year ago. And the audio and transcript of How to Tell the Truth Without Ending up in Court, a webinar by Helen Sedwick, an attorney that specializes in what writers need to know. We have many other benefits so you can find them here.

 

 

Current Events

What Made Love Warrior a Best-selling Memoir?

An Examination of a Memoir That Bares the Soul (And Spares No One)

4-WEEK CLASS
Class dates (Mondays): April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15
4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET

Classes are one hour long and we record all sessions so that you can watch the recordings if you have to miss a class.

Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton, has the kind of elements of pain that most memoirists struggle to write. She grapples with addiction, painful insecurities, her husband’s infidelity, maternal overwhelm, her rocky marriage, and questions about her own lack of sex drive. Tackling a single one of these issues is tough; to expose all of them and handle them with care is enormously brave. In this free webinar, memoir experts Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner will address the fears that invariably come up for writers looking to write their deepest truths and expose their most intimate—and often shameful—secrets. This webinar will address the fallouts too—and touch upon how sharing your truth has a way of both leveling everything and setting you free.


Turn Up the Dial on Your Memoir: How to Bring More Heart and Craft to Your Story 

Friday, April 28

Please take a moment to look at the 6 amazing sessions we have lined up. We’re so jazzed, too, about who’s joining us and what they have to share. Recordings for all sessions will be available to registrants the day following the event.

 

OUR LINE-UP:

• Julie BartonNYT bestselling author of Dog Medicine
•Jenni Ferrari-Adler is a longtime agent at Union Literary in New York 
• Linda Joy Myers, PhD, award-winning memoirist and President of the National Association of Memoir Writers 
• Jordan Rosenfeld, author of seven books, most recently Writing the Intimate Character 
• Deborah Siegel, PhD, author and Coach-in-Chief at Girl Meets Voice, Inc. 
• Brooke Warner, author and Publisher of She Writes Press

SIGN UP TODAY: $39 for all 6 sessions.

 


Magic of Memoir 2017 Intensive

September 22-24
Corte Madera, CA

Last year’s Magic of Memoir conference in Oakland, CA, was amazing. People wanted more, but they also wanted to dive deeper. So this year we’re taking a break from the conference and answering your call.

The Magic of Memoir 2017 Intensive starts Friday night and ends on Sunday, and there’s an application process to get in. Spaces are open now for 30 serious memoir students. We can’t wait to read your applications. We’re looking forward to all your stories, and after the amazing work we saw at our Magic of Memoir conference last year, we know this weekend will be incredible.

Check out the full details of the program here.

Applications (and a refundable deposit of $99) due June 1st.

 

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