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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? 

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

What’s new at NAMW

Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition

An extended community arts outreach program of the National League of American Pen Women

The annual Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition consists of thirteen categories and is open to everyone, everywhere. Judges look for original, freshly creative and finely crafted works that embrace all creative interpretations of the statement by English poet, John Keats: “Some say the world is a vale of tears, I say it is a place of soul-making”. Linda Joy Myers will be judging under the Memoir Vignette category. Learn more here.

October 2020 Member Teleseminar

October 2020 Member Teleseminar

How to Write Snapshots: the 100 word Memoir
Grant Faulkner 
October 23, 2020
11 AM PDT  | 12 PM MDT  | 1 PM CDT |  2 PM EDT

As memoirists, we are challenged by words—which words, how many? How few? I’ve been exploring the idea of finding a way to write shorter, using fewer words. A long narrative memoir style is not for everyone—and we can celebrate that there are many forms a memoir can take.

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November Virtual Book Club

November Virtual Book Club

Linda Hoye The Gift of Memoir November 5, 2020 4 PM PST | 5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST I’ve written two memoirs—Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude (2012) and The Presence of Absence: A Story About Busyness, Brokenness, and Being Beloved...

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Featured NAMW Member – Deborah Payne

Featured NAMW Member – Deborah Payne

No Thanks, I’m Full! by Deborah Payne I started journaling nine years ago, with no intention of writing a book. The time went by so quickly as I was derailed due to some of life’s trials and tribulations, to which, I’m sure, most of us can relate.  When I returned to...

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New Audio Releases for NAMW Members

Once a Girl, Always a Boy with Jo Ivester

JUNE 11, 2020 VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

In 1967, when Jo Ivester was ten years old, her father moved their family to an all-black town in the Mississippi Delta, where they were drawn into the civil rights movement. Because of this experience, Jo is committed to advocating for equal rights for all. 

The Haunting: On Turning Our Real-live Ghosts into Memoirs with Sue William Silverman

MAY 22, 2020 TELESEMINAR

Determining the structure of your memoir can be essential in figuring out how to actually write your story. And—equally vital, and directly connected to structure—so is clarifying your point(s) of view. 

May Virtual Book Club: Just the Way He Walked: A Mother’s Story of Healing and Hope by Kathleen Pooler

May 7, 2020 BOOK CLUB

Just the Way He Walked: A Mother’s Story of Healing and Hope is a story that I started writing in 1990 when I was in throes of my son Brian’s addiction to alcohol. 

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. 

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

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.

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

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!

Workshops & Classes

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.

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.

Your Story Matters. Be Brave. Persist.

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Testimonials

Myers makes a compelling case for the power of words as a form of healing and growth.

James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D.

Centennial Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin

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

Writer / Editor

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

Writer