We Help Writers Become Memoirists
Writing a memoir is a powerful way to find your voice, tell your story, and reach out to the larger world with who you are.
Wherever your memoir writing journey takes you, we will be there offering guidance and support to you.
The following online resources are available to provide you with a framework for writing a memoir, the foundation of learning the craft, and the support to keep you going past any obstacles or hurdles you might face. We strive to make the basis of this process available to all. Some resources are completely free and some are available to those ready to commit to a more in-depth process.
What’s new at NAMW
Join Us for Memoir Magic
WHAT MADE THE TENDER BAR
A BEST-SELLING MEMOIR
4-week class: TUESDAYS: March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2 at 4pm PT | 7pm ET—$129
Unlock the Foundation of Your Memoir
4-week class: TUESDAYS: April 23, April 30,
May 7, May 14 at 4pm PT | 7pm ET—$149
++These are online courses and will be recorded!++
March Memoir Teleseminar Jordan Rosenfeld March 22, 2019 11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT Tension in novels and memoirs is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. When you've got tension in place, stories leave...read more
Shabnam Curtis My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl April 4, 2019 4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT I am happy to introduce you all to Shabnam Curtis, newly published author of My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl. I have watched Shabnam...read more
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The NAMW Blog
Pump Your Memoir by Jean Yeager Writing a memoir means searching for what one has forgotten. It is easy enough to remember the larger outline of a time that has passed, but it is regrettably impossible to recall the minutiae that capture the very essence of that...read more
What JR Moehringer's THE TENDER BAR can teach memoirists about crafting a story that stands the test of time. Brooke Warner and I are at it again—we’re offering our spring workshops—and if you take both, you get a huge discount. A lot of you have already signed up for...read more
The past is not dead. In fact, it isn't even past. William Faulkner The Importance of Preserving Memories and Exploring the Past Memories are powerful, and they shape us into who we are; memories invite us to imagine new possibilities to our story. But most of us live...read more
Featured NAMW Members
Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl "What if the Mennonite life I chafed against offered the chance for a new beginning? What if my two Lancaster County homes were the perfect launch pad for a brighter future? Follow Marian in this memoir as she navigates...read more
God, the Devil, and Divorce: A Woman’s Memoir of Divorce and Redemption “You’ll be making a huge mistake if you leave the covering and protection of your husband,” Linda’s Christian counselor declared. “If you divorce your husband, Satan wins.” Linda’s memoir, God,...read more
BOOK Synopsis: “It’s Mah Eeds - Finding My Voice in the Invisible World of Chronic Illness” (pronounced like needs but without the n) A compilation of real-life essays and stories which build to create a window into the world of chronic, lifelong disability. Jennifer...read more
Learn from the Experts!
NAMW Teleseminars features leaders within the memoir writing community.
Jerry Waxler, M.S.
Jerry Waxler, M.S., is an experienced memoir workshop leader, and a member of the advisory board for the National Association of Memoir Writers. He is also an author, writing coach and therapist.
Brooke Warner is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author.
Jed Diamond PhD, LCSW
Jed Diamond, PhD, LCSW, has been helping men, and the women who love them, for more than 40 years. He is the Founder and Director of MenAlive, a health program that helps men live long and well.
Kathleen Adams, LPC
Kathleen (Kay) Adams LPC is a best-selling author, speaker, psychotherapist and visionary. Her first book, Journal to the Self, is a classic that has helped define the field of journal therapy.
Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He’s published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo; Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories; and Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story.
Judy L. Mandel is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Replacement Child – a memoir. She is a ghostwriter, writing coach, teacher, freelance editor and editor at Kaylie Jones Books. Judy’s essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut LIFE, ASJA Monthly, Complete Wellbeing Magazine, Connecticut Authors and Publishers Newsletter, and other publications.
Mark Wolynn is a leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma. As the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco, he trains clinicians and helps people struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive thoughts, self-injury, chronic pain and illness.
Marion Roach Smith
Marion Roach is a contemporary non-fiction writer whose work spans many fields of research. Her first book, Another Name for Madness, is a memoir that describes with her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s and the family problems that arose because of it.
Myers makes a compelling case for the power of words as a form of healing and growth.James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D.
A powerful and unique writing guide—one that will lead any writer straight to the heart of their richest material, help them heal, and then teach them how to shape it into literature. Destined to become a classic!Jordan Rosenfeld
With a gentle spirit and a clear voice, Linda Joy Myers creates a safe place for writers. With her 8 Step Program, Myers guides writers through the dark places of the heart, to ultimately arrive at a place of power and grace.Sue William Silverman