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Free: What Made Love Warrior a Best-Selling Memoir?

Monday, April 17th 

4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET

We chose Love Warrior for the next installment of our popular best-selling series because of all it has to offer—baring it all, grappling with emotional pain and insecurities, deciding what to share and how much is too much.

And, as always, we’ll be looking at craft too—scene-writing, reflection and takeaway, voice. This memoir gives us so much good content to work with, and we hope you’ll join us.

 


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.

 

Writing a Creative Manifesto

Kathleen Adams

March Member Teleseminar

March 17, 2017

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

I’m happy to having my colleague and friend Kathleen Adams return to share her wisdom with us. Kathleen is the founder of the Center for Journal Therapy and holds a deep and healing vision for how writing can help us heal, develop the yet to be developed parts of ourselves, and how we can create our work beyond what we had previously imagined.

Kay is going to help us develop our vision today, and invite you to listen into your desires, dreams, and goals. Join us for this exercise in creative visioning through writing your Creative Manifesto. I can’t wait to start!

 

Writing a Creative Manifesto

What are the personal bugaboos that stop you from working on your memoir? Not enough hours in the day? Too much on your plate? Mired in creative doldrums? No privacy? Whatever your bane, it likely causes annoyance at best, despair at worst.

Writing a creative manifesto can bring clarity and resolve to your situation, whatever it may be. Together we’ll gather the bones of your intentions and desires and through a sequenced writing process knit them together into affirmative action. You’ll realistically assess what’s possible, what’s desirable, and what’s simply out of reach for your current reality. You’ll leave with a three-point creative manifesto that can be deepened and expanded beyond our time together.

In this motivational hour you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to connect your writing to your core values
  • How to articulate a simple plan for writing success
  • Why “lowering your standards” can bring about a powerful mental shift

Kathleen Adams LPC, PTR is a psychotherapist and poetry/journal therapist in Denver, Colorado. Since 1985 she has pioneered the field of journal therapy. Kay is the founder/director of the Center for Journal Therapy and its professional training academy, the fully on-line Therapeutic Writing Institute, as well as its membership community, the Journalverse. 

 

 

Free Webinar (Monday, April 17): What Made Love Warrior a Best-Selling Memoir?

SIGN UP TO JOIN US for this free one-hour installment of our popular best-seller series.

Monday, April 17th, at 4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET

In this hour-long free webinar, Linda Joy and Brooke be exploring memoirs that bare all—and spare no one—using Glennon Doyle Melton’s new memoir, Love Warrior, as a guide. They will address the fears that invariably come up for writers who want to write their deepest truths and expose their most intimate—and often shameful—secrets. The webinar will address the fallouts of such naked writing—and talk about how sharing your truth has a way of both leveling everything and setting you free.

During this Free Webinar You Will Learn:

  1. The hard truths—how to share them, why to share them, and what the consequences are for you, the writer, and the story if you don’t.
  2. Intentional omission. What did Glennon leave out? How did this impact the story and her readers?
  3. How to tackle hard themes, and the balance a memoir must strike when you’re sharing the intimate details of your sometimes-messy life.
  4. Whether the fallout is worth it. A look at the repercussions of writing a memoir, how to determine your tolerance for other people’s reactions, and ways to know whether the timing is right, and if you can weather the possible consequences.

CLICK HERE TO GET MORE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER! It’s FREE.

Brooke & Linda Joy welcome you!

The Craft of Creating Believable Characters in Memoir

Jordan Rosenfeld 

February Member Teleseminar

February 17, 2017

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

We’re happy that Jordan Rosenfeld will be joining us again to talk about much needed craft issues for memoir writers—creating “characters” in our story, based on people we know. Most memoir writers don’t see that they are not building a character because that person lives in their memory—but the reader can’t see them unless you create and build the character chapter by chapter in your story.

How do you do this—by using character cues such as physical action, dialogue, sensory imagery, internal monologue and analogies. These are techniques that fiction writers use to make their characters believable—people who are not real, but made up, and yet who live in our imagination forever—think Jane Eyre, Mr. Darcey, and David Copperfield. In memoir, Helen MacDonald creates a full character of her hawk, and Cheryl Strayed brings to life herself and her mother, along with the “character” of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Join us for this important webinar by Jordan—she’s been with us before and always delivers powerful and important skills that we as memoir writers need to know.

You will learn:

  1. To understand how to use your point of view consistently to establish yourself as character—you are the protagonist in your own story.
  2. How to use strong character cues so they come alive on the page.
  3. That showing your characters in action is a dynamic way to bring them to life.
  4. How dialogue enriches your characters.

And more… We’ll talk about her book Writing the Intimate Character as a resource for you as you deepen your skills in creating character so they live vividly on the page!

 

Bio

Jordan is author of seven books, most recently: Writing the Intimate Character (Writer’s Digest Books). Her freelance work has appeared in The Atlantic, GOOD, New York Magazine, Scientific American and many more.

Jordanrosenfeld.net

 

 

 

Featured NAMW Member – Patricia Dunn

Book Synopsis

Patricia was “cracked open” at age two by a nearly fatal accidental fall.  Her earliest memory is that of the unseen hands that lovingly carried her down an entire staircase.  This gracious act performed by an anonymous presence occurred within weeks of the sudden death of her eighteen-year-old sister.

Growing up in a family devastated by death and dysfunction, Patricia became increasingly aware of the many enigmatic incidents that infused themselves into her life.  By far, the most profound of these was a chill day in November of her ninth year when a premonition demanded that she remain home from school.   This was to be the day that her chronically ill father would die.  Home alone with him, Patricia was unaware that he was dead until she reached out to wake him from his day-long sleep.  In that moment, two things happened.  Her hand registered the ice-cold flesh of her father’s arm and she was pulled implausibly into a place of bliss hearing the last words she would ever hear her father speak – words of comfort, spoken from the other side.

Left with a disabled older sister and a mother plundered by grief, Patricia took on the role of peacemaker.  While her outer world was confined by walls of despair and frustration, Patricia’s inner world took on new depth and breadth.

The place was New York City during the 1960’s.  Even in this world of cultural tumult, she found nothing to explain or even validate these glimpses into the unseen.  What she was being taught by the good Dominican sisters swayed far from the mark.  As her home life degraded into darkened rooms and silence punctuated by the pain-fueled bickering of her mother and sister, she turned to books and her love for drawing.  These became her teachers and her sanctuary as she learned to navigate two worlds.

The struggle to understand both of these worlds and find the nexus between them, became her secret obsession.  Search for meaning both in the seen world, so fragile and temporary and the unseen world so tantalizing and unpredictable, led her down many esoteric paths.

In this memoir, Patricia winds her story around the chronological recounting of a multitude of these inscrutable vignettes, depicting them both through illustration and the written word.  This is a story of one woman’s search for meaning.

 

Bio

The hauntingly beautiful Delaware River Valley is home to Patricia and her husband of nearly thirty years.  Patricia has been writing since childhood and drawing since infancy.  Mostly self-taught, she can cite many talented individuals who have mentored her along the way.  Mostly a writer of short stories, having published two, Patricia’s memoir is her first book-length work.  Patricia has worked as a counselor, a legal assistant and as an art director.  She is the winner of The People’s Choice Award at the Niagara Falls International Plein Air Painter’s Worldwide Paint-out.

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