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At The National Association of Memoir Writers, we believe in the power of memoir writing!

Find your voice and tell your story. Learn about the benefits NAMW has to offer.

Go further with Memoir Writing Coaching

Coaching from NAMW allows you to connect directly with Linda Joy Myers, who has been coaching and encouraging memoir writers for years, and enjoys helping members see their stories through to fruition and publication.

Are you ready to write a memoir, but at a loss about where to start?

Try my 30 day Memoir Writing Challenge–a course to help you write your memoir at your own pace. Brought to you by NAMW & MemoirGuru.

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. 

A memoir can connect you to others in a vibrant and real way—through story.

Writing a memoir helps you find your voice, tell your story, and reach out to others. You start thinking about your memories, moments that make you feel young again, wondering: what is the legacy I’m leaving behind? 

Many memoir writers find that writing a memoir is a vehicle for transformation. At NAMW you can find workshops, teleseminars, and interviews with writers and experts in memoir, writing skills, therapeutic writing, spiritual autobiography, and healing.

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.

Articles & Interviews

Read the latest articles and our interviews with a variety of memoir writing experts and authors.

Coaching for Writers

For in-depth memoir writing skills, work with Linda Joy Myers and move toward completion and publishing!

Virtual Summits & Roundtables

Learn from a variety of NAMW workshops and classes, from roundtables to teleseminars to virtual conferences.

Other Memoir Resources

View other memoir resources from NAMW, including videos, legal and ethical notes, social media suggestions and more.

What’s new at NAMW

Subscribe to Taste of Memoir

Launch your memoir writing journey with our free four week ecourse on memoir writing and the processes you need to understand to get started!

November 2019 Member Teleseminar

November 2019 Member Teleseminar

November 22, 201911 AM PST  |  12 PM MST |   1 PM CST  |   2 PM ESTJerry WaxlerHow to Maintain the Space of “Storyteller” to Enhance your Memoir Storywriters in past ages have been revered as keepers of the flame of hope and dreams. In modern times, we have lost that...

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December Virtual Book Club – FREE to All

December Virtual Book Club – FREE to All

December 5, 2019 4 PM PST | 5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST Vanya Erickson Writing the Hard Stuff: Learning to Care for Yourself While Writing about the Past Book: Boot Language, A Memoir  Summary: In order to survive my childhood, I was forced to become fluent in two...

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The NAMW Blog

October Webinar for Authors Who Want to Sell Books!

October Webinar for Authors Who Want to Sell Books!

Joey Garcia and National Association of Memoir Writers What Happens When Your Book Arrives Inside a Newsroom Tuesday, October 1, 2019 4:00- 5:30 PM PDT | 7-8:30 EDT     $39—NAMW members   $49—all writers and authors   I’m so pleased to introduce a...

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Did you love Dani Shapiro’s Inheritance as much as we did?

If you were moved by Inheritance, read on. If you haven't read it yet, let this book be your fall indulgence. This will be our fifth year of teaching our best-selling memoir series, and teaching Dani Shapiro is like a home-coming for us. We've long admired Dani's...

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Back to School Sale

From August 31 through September 2, 2019 at midnight,  The National Association of Memoir Writers is offering $30 ff the cost of an annual membership!    The Back to School season beginning now always makes me happy. I have always loved starting a new season of...

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Featured NAMW Members

Featured NAMW Member – Frances Fuller

Featured NAMW Member – Frances Fuller

Finding no guidebook, Frances Fuller decided that she must figure out for herself how to live wisely through the puzzles and possibilities of aging, and while she learned she wrote. The result is these thirty-eight personal essays, most of them resolves, promises she is making to herself and her family.

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Featured NAMW Member – Hildi Kang

Featured NAMW Member – Hildi Kang

Superior Court took the broken pieces of my early life and nailed two of them into place. It took two years. I am my father’s child. He gave me grit. He gave me Asia. He ran away from home and worked his way through college to become a doctor—I knew I would go to college.

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Featured NAMW Member – Sara Etgen-Baker

Featured NAMW Member – Sara Etgen-Baker

Spots of time flashed before my eyes like ribbons of light, darting all around me similar to the fireflies that frequented my grandfather’s backyard. I tried touching them but couldn’t, for they were overwhelmingly numerous, scattered everywhere throughout my life.

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Are you ready to write a memoir, but are you lost about where to start?

Try my 30 day Memoir Writing Challenge–a course to help you write your memoir at your own pace

If you are interested in exploring your memories and writing your story, remember that the most important first step is to start writing! After you start, then the question is how to keep going? A day by lesson that you open like a gift to yourself helps you to discover and uncover the story you need to tell.

This course will help you look at your memories and shape them into a complete story.  Your story is your legacy, it’s how you became who you are. It contains the wisdom you have gleaned from your past and from those who came before you. Whether you have begun sorting through photos or diaries to help you remember your past, or if you’ve been gathering up family history stories, it’s time to write your story now. Day by day your story will evolve, and it might surprise you!

Writing your story is a great gift–to yourself, your family, and your future readers!

Tackle the challenges of critical voices (both your inner critic and those outward naysayers).  Learn how to deal with potential dampers on your enthusiasm as your writing progresses from lesson to lesson.  You will learn how to put those doubts aside and create a workable first draft of your memoir. You’ll learn craft–how to write scenes, dialogue, and create a structure. You’ll discover the journey of writing a memoir from your  first ideas to “The End.”

Writing prompts for each lesson offer you a doorway into your story.  Each lesson builds on what you have learned before.

I hope you enjoy the 30 day challenge and enjoy the freedom at learning about memoir writing at the pace that best works with your schedule and your life.

Begin your memoir today!

 

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

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

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 Mandel

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

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.

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