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
I hope you are enjoying your summer—long days of light, beach book reading, and the glory of flowers and bees and nature’s showiest show. I just returned from the Rutger’s Writing conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey filled up with inspiration! If you have never...
Susan Stroh Heide Boyden Loneliness lurks in the shadows. Its wicked buddies—writer’s block, regret, and self-loathing—disparage you until you feel one-inch high. You don’t have it in you to confront these demons, so you run away. You binge on Gilmore Girls for a...
Expert: Paula Wagner Book: Newcomers in an Ancient Land— Adventure, Love and Seeking Myself in 1960’s Israel Date: June 13, 2019 Time: 4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT I’m pleased to introduce Paula Wagner for the June Virtual Book Club at NAMW! It’s...read more
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I hope you are enjoying your summer—long days of light, beach book reading, and the glory of flowers and bees and nature’s showiest show. I just returned from the Rutger’s Writing conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey filled up with inspiration! If you have never...read more
Susan Stroh Heide Boyden Loneliness lurks in the shadows. Its wicked buddies—writer’s block, regret, and self-loathing—disparage you until you feel one-inch high. You don’t have it in you to confront these demons, so you run away. You binge on Gilmore Girls for a...read more
Memorial Day Sale at NAMWMemorial Day is a time of remembering. We remember and honor loved ones who have died, and we celebrate the memories of our family with flowers and "remember when" stories with hot dogs and barbecues. These moments invite our stories, and make...read more
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SPOTS OF TIME: A Collection of Memoir Vignettes, Anecdotes, and Reflective Essays By 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...read more
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
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.
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!
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.