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June Roundtable Webinar- FREE to All- June 15, 2017

Rifka Kreiter



June 15, 2017

We are so pleased that Rifka Kreiter will be joining us. Her book Home Free will take us back to the era of the sixties, and the adventures that were life changing for Rifka. We all go on a journey into the past as we write our memoir, and we discover and uncover surprises, ahas, and “oh, I did that?” moments along the way. It’s a journey that ultimately is rewarding, and I’m glad that we get to speak with Rifka about the life story that has become her book, and her challenges along the way to write and publish her memoir.

From Rifka:

I will speak about the nearly twenty-year journey to publication of my book Home Free: Adventures of  child of the Sixties. The journey began with writing group pieces that seemed to cry out,  “We wanna be a book.”   Classes, workshops, writing groups followed, as well as long fallow periods, illustrating one teacher’s counsel that “for some pieces, you have to do more living before you’re ready to write it.”  And then there was the “onerous” publishing process, with its many trials.

Motivations that kept me going were:

  • Self-examination: Coming to terms with my difficult personal history
  • Fun: The pleasure of revisiting the experience of being young in that extraordinary time and sharing my stories of adventure
  • Bearing witness: The deep satisfaction of describing the amazing grace that transformed my life. I felt, if only one reader found encouragement and hope in my story, that would make it worthwhile.

Members Will:

  • Find out how to keep persisting despite obstacles to write the book of your heart.
  • Be encouraged to find tools to free your inner writer, such as Morning Pages.
  • Discover techniques I found helpful in dealing with the inner critic
  • Learn about querying agents and publishers, and how I made the decisions I did.



An astrologer once told Rifka Kreiter that a certain planetary conjunction in her chart signifies “an unusual life, full of unexpected happenings,” and this has certainly proved true.

Home Free recounts her peripatetic early life in New York, LA and San Diego.  She studied acting at New York’s High School of Performing Arts, philosophy at City College of New York and Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University.  She has worked as a waitress, hatcheck girl and hearing researcher.  She was Continuity Director at a New York radio station and Assistant Convention Manager at the Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskill Mountains.

Since 1976 she has been following an ancient yogic path and she lived in a meditation ashram for ten years. Rifka currently teaches meditation and has a day job.  At age 55 she (finally) met her life partner, an Upper West Side psychotherapist.  They live happily together in suburban New Jersey.  Contact her at rifkakreiter.com.


March Roundtable Webinar- FREE to All- March 9, 2017

Donna Stoneham

Critical Keys for Thriving as a Writer

March 9, 2017

 4 PM PST  5 PM MST  6 PM CST  7 PM EST  

Have you held yourself back from getting a book out into the world because you feared rejection?  Have you ever considered that you might be as afraid to succeed as you are to fail?

In her book, The Thriver’s Edge:  Seven Keys to Transform the Way You Live, Love and Lead, transformational leadership expert and executive coach Dr. Donna Stoneham show readers how to move from surviving to thriving.  Through personal stories, case studies of clients, and sharing what she’s learned over her twenty-five-year coaching and teaching career, Donna discusses why people are as afraid to succeed as they are to fail.  Using her THRIVER model, she creates a path to help readers uncover the beliefs and fears that hold them back from more fully expressing their potential, then provides tools and reflection questions for how to break those obstacles and create the life they yearn to live.  Practical, applicable, and transformative, The Thriver’s Edge is a “coach in a book” that teaches readers to unleash their potential, fulfill their dreams, and offer their best to the world.

In this webinar, Donna will discuss the fears that hold writers back.  She will provide practical tools to break through those fears by applying some of the keys to thriving from her book.  You will learn:

  • About the Jonah Complex and why many of us fear success as much as failure.
  • How to tune into and leverage your inner champion and the soul-tenders in your life, rather than the inner-critic and the doubt-planters that seek to hold you back.
  • Skillful ways to manage your inner critic when it rears its ugly head.
  • What it takes to create and sustain the resilience you need as a writer.
  • Ways to deepen self-trust and follow your inner compass.
  • How to live “at cause” versus “at effect” in your writing career.

Bio:  About Donna Stoneham, Ph.D.

Donna Stoneham, PhD, is a master executive coach, transformational leadership expert, facilitator, author, spiritual activist and speaker.

For the past twenty-five years, Donna has helped several thousand Fortune 1000 and not-for-profit leaders, teams, and organizations unleash their power to thrive™ and create powerful results in their work and lives through her company, Positive Impact, LLC (www.positiveimpacllc.com.)  Donna holds a Ph.D. with a concentration in Learning and Change in Human Systems from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a certified Integral Coach®.

Donna is the author of the award-winning book, The Thriver’s Edge: Seven Keys to Transform the Way You Live, Love, and Lead (finalist in National Indie Best Book Awards, USA Best Book Awards, and International Book Awards) and named by Buzz Feed as “Nine Awesome Books for Your Kick-Ass Career.” She’s a contributor in two books, The Coaching Code and Ask Coach (October, 2016). (www.donnastoneham.com).  As one of the world’s leading coaches, Donna will be featured in the upcoming full length documentary, Leap! The Coaching Movie (www.coachingmovie.com) (2017).  Donna is working on her next book, 52 Weeks to Thrive (2018) and a book of resistance poetry that will be released in 2017.

Donna has written for the International Journal of Coaches in Organizations, TD Magazine, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, and The Globe and Mail.  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, and The Huffington Post and has been a guest on ABC, NBC, and Fox affiliates, Sirius Radio, IHeartRadio and on numerous radio shows throughout the US.

Take Donna’s thriver quiz: http://donnastoneham.com/thrivers-quiz/  or follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonnaStonehamPhD/ or Twitter @DonnaStoneham.


Audio and webinar recording below:

MP3 File



Story Circle Conference 2016 Wrap Up

Story Circle Conference 2016

I recently returned from the Story Circle Conference held in Austin, Texas. It was a whirlwind of teaching—Brooke Warner and I taught the pre-conference workshop  “Breaking Ground on Your Story.” My workshop “Building Your Memoir with Scene and Narration” followed up the focus on craft. We both noticed the need to integrate craft with inspiration, which we try to do in our workshops and Write Your Memoir in Six Months course—a new one starts in June! 

Coming to the conference brings back so many memories. My first time was in 2002 when I was a new author, having just written Becoming Whole-Writing Your Healing Story. I was shy and uncertain as a new writer, my head full of the questions that Brooke Warner addressed in her keynote. Is my workshop “good enough?” Will anyone want to read my words?

Story Circle Conference 2016

Story Circle Conference 2016

The most amazing part of this conference is meeting up again with old friends, like Tina Games and Sharon Lippincott, and meeting new ones I know mostly from books or online presence. Social media has offered wonderful ways to get to know people, but we all celebrated with big hugs when we finally met in person. I enjoyed long talks with Lisa Dale Norton, whose books Hawk Flies High and Shimmering Images were already my friends; and Susan Tweit, whose photos and posts I have followed on Facebook for years. Lisa’s workshop offered a new understanding of voice, and Susan showed the importance of place to bring our stories alive. There were other connections too, some quick, some over a glass of wine or coffee that made us wish we could live closer so every week we could have community and conversation.

Brooke’s Keynote

Brooke Warner presented an inspiring keynote, worthy of a standing ovation. I’ll summarize what got us to our feet.

Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner

First, she talked about how lucky she was to have been raised to believe in herself and her ideas. Many of us in the audience had grown up with the messages that we should stay silent, or mute our expression. Particularly, we often feel we have to be careful about saying or writing anything that might offend, hurt, or make someone uncomfortable. Brooke told us about her passion in championing women to publish during her eight years as Executive Editor at Seal Press. She was happy to be exposed to the huge variety of women’s stories, but came to realize that only a small percentage of the stories she loved could be published in the publishing environment that’s developed over the last decade. She began to think about a press that would publish women’s voices based on the merit of their writing and not their brand or platform—and She Writes Press was born in 2012. This year the press is celebrating multiple winners in the IPPY, Ben Franklin, and Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Brooke became aware through her experience and research to the degree to which women writers have been silenced. Messages from society and our upbringing, both subtle and overt, affect our ability to claim our stories and get them out into the world.

Brooke cited statistics about women and publishing, pointing out the huge gender bias in publishing for women, and particular memoir. Women are less likely to be reviewed, less likely to win contests, and less likely to resubmit after receiving a rejection. Women tend to take rejection harder—and these statistics are sobering. Men are 5 times more likely than women to resubmit if their piece has been rejected. We need to change that!

Well-known writers such as Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote Eat, Pray, Love, have been subjected to the bias against memoir. Gilbert likely received less accolades for her novel, The Signature of All Things, as a result of writing Eat, Pray, Love. Mary Karr, in her book the Art of Memoir, dedicated one chapter to discuss how Katherine Harrison was attacked for her book The Kiss.

We need to be reminded of our passion and motivation to write and to express ourselves. For some of us, including me, the story has been chasing us and won’t leave us alone. We need to write the book we couldn’t find in the bookstore. If it doesn’t exist, write it! We write to understand ourselves and our families, or to help someone who will benefit from our life lessons. There are many reasons to write, and reasons not to become discouraged.

“We have to keep saying yes, our story matters!” Brooke said.

Brooke offered 5 C’s that can help us stay inspired to write our stories.

  1. Community—we write our stories in community and we need the support of community.
  2. Commitment—we need to keep the commitment to ourselves and our story—and stay committed to getting our story out in the world, to share it with others through publishing.
  3. Championing—we need to champion each other and all writers by supporting, reading, and reviewing each other’s work.
  4. Claiming your work—we have to claim our right to write and publish our stories. No one will do this for us.
  5. Courage—it takes a lot of courage for us to dig deep and reveal our stories, and more courage to publish.

Brooke ended by urging us to take the time to get our stories written and to get past the fears and critical voices we carry. We have to champion ourselves and take the risk to be seen and heard. We need to write, and keep writing! We can change the world with our stories.

National Association of Memoir Writers Spring Newsletter: March-April 2013

mill_run_spring_smallSpring, with the fading of snow and cold, tips of new grew crocuses and daffodils, the bursting of blooms in the trees and in the garden, reminds me of the cycles of life, the way that nature parallels our own forays into creative energy as we write our stories. As writers, there’s an ebb and flow to how we create, from moments of silence without words, to the burst of energy and the unfolding of stories, ideas, and memories. We need to keep in mind these waves of energy and creativity, and learn how to tap into them with awareness and focus.

Much of the work I do with memoir writers is to help them tune into their own voice and story and learn how to read the signs of how a story might develop, from the budding of themes, to the development of deeply rooted chapters, plot lines, and the arc of the book. I love tapping into the creative process with people—it’s such a pleasure to be connected on a deep level to the rhythms of the planet and its own deep wisdom. Our creativity is connected to that of all living things—we can learn from the birds, the cycles of life, the way spring unfolds. We learn that we need to trust the process, that it will unfold in its own time, and that we are part of it. Even when the inner critic starts assailing us with voices of doubt and uncertainty, we can know that it’s part of the process too. Our work includes not getting stuck in our beliefs of limitation, and to trust that even in moments of feeling stuck and not writing, that there will be a way out, a new arising of our creative energy.

One of the solutions to being stuck is to write—something—the beginning of a chapter, a list of scenes, a freewrite of memories. The idea is to keep writing, to even write nonsense as we create the famous “shitty first draft” that Anne Lamott talks about in her book Bird by Bird.  This means that we don’t stop and critic and edit our work, we just throw up on the page, dump out what’s in our brain, and move on with the writing until we have completed a first draft.

I love the way that Brenda Ueland in her book If You Want to Write encourages people to write, to trust, to blow past the voices of doubt:

“Everyone is talented, original, and has something to say.” She says that if we are human, we are talented and have something to express.  We are original, if we tell the truth, and speak from our true selves.

The best antidote to being stuck is to read those two books, write in your journal, and write your morning pages as suggested by Julia Cameron in the Artist’s Way. On the site “750 words” you can request an invitation to write 750 words, equivalent to the three pages in Artist’s Way, at any time you designate. It will open to a private page where you can spill whatever is on your mind, a place where you can doodle, dream, and create the first sentences of your next chapter. I have enjoyed the site as a way to get some writing done, and recommend it as one way to out of a writing rut, and return to the invitation to be creative and write.

  • What is your creative process?
  • Do you have a support team?
  • Do you have a writing buddy?
  • How do you get unstuck?

You can join us on the open National Association of Memoir Writers Facebook page and talk about what you’re writing about, where you’re stuck, or what books you are reading. We all need a community of support as we tune into our stories. Every month you can join our free Roundtable discussions and get the audio download if you sign up, and we have many free articles and resources on site. Members have access to over 100 audios and more articles about memoir writing, free e-Books, and other benefits.


Workshops and Events

New Spring Workshop Writing a Healing Memoir/Spiritual Autobiography

9 weeks starting April 4, 2013

linda-joy-myersI’m offering a new workshop Writing a Healing Memoir/Spiritual Autobiography. We meet on the phone for an hour a week, and share our writing through email for feedback each week. This is a small group that invites you to share your raw writing, and work toward your first draft, or it might be a group where you smooth your work into a more developed draft, supported by the feedback of the group and me, your workshop leader.

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.”

It’s important to write freely without worrying about your inner critic or being published just 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.

The workshop:

  1. Send that week’s story to your classmates through email.
  2. Workshop members read and write feedback through email—reflecting on what works; offering feedback about what could be different or 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. I guide the group, offer writing tips, and teach techniques that help you keep writing and learn how to grow as a writer.

Learn more here.


Bay Area Writing Workshop with Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

Wild-book-cover-202x300The National Association of Memoir Writers is co-sponsoring a workshop with Cheryl Strayed June 1, 2013 in Petaluma, CA. Click the link to sign up for the great opportunity to work with Cheryl. Learn from the New York Times bestseller about how to write a successful memoir! Her memoir is a classic, and her workshops are always sold out. We’re happy to be one of the sponsors for her workshop. Come and meet us, learn from Cheryl, and enjoy an amazing day focused on memoir writing.

Read more about Cheryl here: http://www.cherylstrayed.com

Blog post about using Wild to help you write your memoir at http://memoriesandmemoirs.com



Free Roundtable Discussion April 11, 2013


Susan-WeidenerWhy Write A Sequel To Your Memoir? with Susan Weidener

You’re feeling good because you finally wrote and published your first memoir. Perhaps you feel complete and think you’re finished writing about your life. Many of us think that we are complete, but life goes on, and the book you wrote takes on a life of its own—thanks to your readers and audience. You find yourself thinking about another book.

Write two books on my life? Will anyone be interested? It’s easy to stop ourselves with these worries.

Susan Weidener has done just that, as have many famous authors like Mary Karr and Frank McCourt. Most of us have more than one story to tell. In this Roundtable discussion, Linda Joy and Susan are going to talk about writing a sequel to your first memoir. Linda Joy added an Afterword to her first edition, while Susan wrote a sequel to her first memoir. Mary Karr wrote three memoirs. You’re in good company here!

Sign up here.


NAMW Member Teleseminar April 26

david colin CarrAs I work with memoir writers, I am privileged to see two sides of them as writers—the part that is eager to write, loves the story, and can’t wait to get their unique message out to the world. Then there’s the other part—the one who does NOT want to be edited, feels violated by an editor taking a look at the” gold” there on the pages, and who would rather hike 10 miles in the snow than submit anything to an editor.

The second part of you really has to shift into a new mode—if you want to become a professional writer. Editing is about creating something beautiful and easy to read, and let’s face it—our first efforts, even our 10th or 20th, aren’t likely to give the reader that experience.

In this member teleseminar with an experienced editor, David Colin Carr, we will discuss how you can more about editing—what it is and isn’t, and learn how to become a good editor for yourself.

  • What do editors do, anyway?
  • Tips for self-editing and becoming your own editor.
  • What support can you find for free to help you create your best manuscript?
  • How do you work with the demons that writers face?
  • What to expect from the relationship between you and your editor.
  • Tips for self-editing and preparing the manuscript for an editor

Learn more here.


Free  Memoir Telesummit–Memoir in the New Millennium

May 3, 2013

10 AM-4 PM

An All Day Teleconference with Experts in Memoir, Marketing, and Publishing 

Memoirs are more popular today than ever—an evolving a grass roots movement where ordinary people, not just the rich and infamous, write and publish their stories. Memoirs are more popular now than fiction. Why? There seems to be a revolution in the personal story world, where thousands of people connect to the worlds of other people, and witness the lives of others. Concurrent with the publishing revolution still in progress, for the first time in history, anyone can write and publish their personal history, memoir, or spiritual autobiography. Of course, it’s important to know how to best present your work as a professional writer, to gain the skills to know what is expected in the book world, how to write and edit your work, and to be familiar with other books in your genre.

We are pleased to present our 10th  Memoir Telesummit—a free teleconference with experts in the areas of writing, publishing, blogging, and platform building.  Join us for a great day of learning, exploring, and sharing our passion about the ways that memoir writing and reading memoir has united people, and changed how literature and publishing are viewed.

Jerry Waxler

The Memoir Revolution

10:00 AM PDT  11:00 AM MDT  12 PM CDT  1 PM  EDT


Denis LeDoux

A Grass Roots Movement: Memoir over the Last Two Decades

11:15 PDT  12:15 MDT  1:15 CDT  2:15 EDT


Stephanie Chandler

Own Your Niche on the Internet and Beyond: Simple Strategies to Build Your Audience and Sell More Books

12:30 PDT  1:30 MDT  2:30 CDT 3:30 EDT


Joel Friedlander

Publishing Strategies for Self-Publishers

1:45 PDT 2:45 MDT  3:45 CDT  4:45 EDT


Matilda Butler

Walls Come Tumbling Down: Impact of Change on Publishing, Marketing, and Writing

3 PM PDT  4 P MDT   5 PM CDT  6 PM CDT

Sign up for our Spring Telesummit here and receive your downloadable audio of the all day event.


Publishing Opportunities 

Call for Personal Stories of Survival, Inspired by Gloria Gaynor’s Song “I Will Survive”

Have you survived an illness, personal tragedy, abusive relationship, financial ruin, or other life experience that brought you to your knees? Did the song “I Will Survive,” by Grammy Award-winning songstress Gloria Gaynor, inspire you to rise, survive, and move forward? If so, we’d love to share your story in a new book of personal narrative essays that tell the story of how you survived the experience and how the song influenced your life (essential). We’re looking for real-life stories that read like fiction—similar to the stories in the Cup of Comfort book series, compiled and edited by Colleen Sell. The book will include 50 stories of 1,000-1,500 words each. For each essay selected for publication in the book, the author will receive $75, a complimentary copy of the book signed by Gloria Gaynor, and a signed photo of Ms. Gaynor. Submit by April 30, 2013, to glolo2004@me.com  or susancarswell@aol.com


Poets and Writers—in the back of this online magazine, you can find literary magazines searching for new work to publish. http://www.pw.org 

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

DEADLINE: Submit to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 18, 2013. http://www.writeradvice.com



Workshop and Book Events with Linda Joy Myers

Day of the Book

John F. Kennedy University

April 20, 2013

10:20 AM – 4:00 PM

Pleasant Hill – Main Campus

100 Ellinwood Way

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

What’s Your Story? The Heart and Craft of Memoir Writing—Linda Joy Myers


Memoir Workshop

The Three Stages of Memoir Writing

Linda Joy Myers

Keplers Books

Menlo Park, CA

Saturday, May 11th, 1-4pm

Writing a memoir is a journey, from the snapshots of memory to a story that offers the reader powerful themes and messages that are entertaining and life changing. And what a journey it is, starting with your passion to write your story, making your way through the “Muddy Middle,” and finally getting to “The End.”

Memoir writers need answers to these kinds of questions:

  • Where do I begin?
  • What about my family?
  • What is my truth and dare I write it?
  • How do I structure my memoir?

Learn more here.
SheWrites Press Launch Celebration and Panel Discussion

Women on the Publishing Frontier

May 2, 2013   7-9:30 PM   CoverPrintWeb-197x300.shewritespressjpg

Bancroft Hotel Berkeley, CA

Admission: FREE

Join us for a panel featuring ten She Writes Press authors as they discuss their new books and their paths to publishing. Moderated by She Writes Publisher, Brooke Warner, “Women on the Publishing Frontier” will be a lively conversation about the new era of publishing with ten indie authors of memoir and fiction.

If you’re interested in the changes happening in publishing, this evening is a must. And if you’re a female writer interested in the ways women are supporting one another to fulfill their publishing aspirations, then these ten authors will inspire.

Linda Joy and 9 other authors and the publishers at SheWrites Press will talk about the brave new world of publishing and the contributions they are all making.




Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA           DCMM Cover Final 9781938314025.indd

Book Release Celebration

May 19, 2013  4 PM

Women Writing Their Lives–A Celebration and Memoir Discussion with Three Memoir Writers

Three memoir writers Linda Joy Myers, Don’t Call Me Mother, Judy Mandel, Replacement Child, and Judith Newton, Tasting Home will talk about their inspiration and process of writing their memoirs. Truth and secrets, the arc of writing a long work, and the transformational journey of writing a memoir will be discussed. Please come and bring your friends to this inspirational memoir writing event and book reading.


In the News

How My Life Came Full Circle

Linda Joy Myers is a blogger on the Huffington Post 50, and her post “How My Life Came Full Circle” has just been published with a slide show of family pictures. The article is about story that her memoir Don’t Call me Mother tells in book length form. Click this link to read the post.

Read more about the book here.









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