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.
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.
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.
What’s new at NAMW
April 24, 2020 11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT Linda Watanabe McFerrin The Shape of Memoir From literary to commercial; from personal to political to historical to celebrity; from journalistic to fictionalized; from essays to articles to poetry to...
April 16, 2020 4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT Barry D. Hampshire Journey To Self – Discovering Paths Beyond My Dreams Summary Over the past roughly seven years, I have written my memoir Journey to Self. It describes how a journey I took 42 years ago...
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.
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.
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