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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 learning, and shopping for new pencils and notebooks. Some of us keep those habits as we grow up! What about you? My new notebook is ready for more stories, and my new pen makes it fun to write by hand. The crisp scent of autumn starts a season of new beginnings, inviting us to pick up projects that languished over the summer. It’s a time to refocus and reset goals and get your writing started again.

Here at NAMW, we offer many opportunities to learn about writing, the journey of writing your story, publishing and marketing. Experts like Grant Faulkner—leader of the well known National Novel Writing Month in November, Marion Roach Smith, April Eberhart, Jerry Waxler, Sandra Beckwith, Kay Adams, and Brooke Warner have been guests for our Member Teleseminars.

New authors, writers just like you, discuss their publishing journey at our monthly Virtual Book Club. Our monthly intimate group laser coaching meetings invite you to gather with other memoirists to talk about your themes, challenges and progress. You get advice and support from me and the group, and make new writing buddies. When you become a member, you have access to the downloadable audios of all these events—more than 100 are in our archives.

So we are going to KICKSTART our fall learning with a sale on our annual membership at the National Association of Memoir Writers!

If you are working on your memoir, and want to learn craft, get inspired, and have accountability to writing your memoir, please join us. We are eager to support you to get your memoir written and published.

To celebrate new beginnings, NAMW is offering $30 off the cost of annual membership and renewals from Saturday August 31st through Monday September 2nd!  New NAMW Memberships are  $149 $119 and NAMW Renewals are       $139 $109. Current and lapsed members are encouraged to take advantage of this sale!

New Membership $149 $119  

Renewals $139 $109 



If you’re still unsure about joining, here are a few great reasons why it pays to be a NAMW member:

  • FREE access to Live Monthly Teleseminars and FREE downloadable recordings of over 100 archived recordings.
  • Free downloadable recordings of our past Telesummits, with valuable topics such as From Story to Sold! Becoming a Successful Memoir Author, Truth and Transformation, The Power of Story, Breaking Silence.
  • Special Member Discounts for workshops, online classes, and webinars
  • Receive  the new eBook by Jerry Waxler: Arcs, Themes, and Endings–Conclude your Memoir with Wisdom
  • The NAMW e-Book:  Memoir Writing as a Healing Journey by Linda Joy Myers.
  • Breaking Silence–Writing Your Truth in Memoir–an eBook with articles by Amy Ferris, Amy Friedman, Linda Joy Myers, Sue William Silverman, and Brooke Warner
  • All members of NAMW are invited to sign up for once a month laser Group Coaching sessions with Linda Joy Myers
  • Opportunities to share your successes and new publications with other memoir writers and ask questions on our  NAMW Members-Only Facebook group



Special Bonus: Four Easy Steps to Start Your Memoir Today 

Most writers I know struggle with beginnings. They worry about where to start—is it the exact right place in the story? And they wonder if they have the skills to write their memoir. We have all felt that way, including me! As I learned to write my first memoir, I relied on a couple of things.

  1. I needed to figure out the most important moments in the story—I created a “Turning Point” list to help me do that, and it worked! I use that technique to help other writers too.
  2. I learned that the way to bring people into the energy of your story is to write in scene. Of course, there will be reflection and thoughts too, but scene is the engine of story. It brings the reader into your world.

 In this beginning course, I cover the basic needs of how to get started writing your memoir. It included techniques I’ve been teaching for many years, and they work!

I hope you enjoy our new online class. Right now it’s free when you become a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers. More classes will follow soon!Write your story now!


Special bonus:  The Tender Bar

New York Times Bestseller The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer is beloved for its depiction of American bar culture and for its themes of social isolation, growing up fatherless, and navigating the demands of masculinity.  It’s also written with the highest level of skill and charm, and the storytelling will wow you.

We are offering the whole 4 week class about how to learn from The Tender Bar for free when you become a member.

In this downloadable transcript and audio package, discover what you can learn from JR Moehringer’s structure, narration, and tightly focused themes as he propels readers through his adolescence and early adulthood with adept observations and vivid language.  We so loved this book, and you will too. It’s a book to enjoy first, and to learn from as you write your memoir. It’s a perfect example of seamless, vivid writing that takes you into what we call the dream of the story.

Class 1: HOW TO CREATE A “STRUCTURAL DREAM” FOR YOUR MEMOIR—what The Tender Bar can teach us about linear structures and tightly woven themes.

Class 2: THE ROMANCE OF PLOT—how to paint a picture that enchants your reader.

Class 3: CHARACTER/ CHARACTERIZATION—making your reader fall in love with your characters—with all their charms and flaws.

Class 4: NARRATION—using the reflective narrator to write about things a younger version of you did not know or could not have articulated.


Reminder: We Offer a Free Online Self-Paced Class 

A Taste of Memoir Writing  is a free online course that will help you begin your memoir. Beginnings are a great way to start the “school” year.Do you have a story to tell? How many times have you told yourself, When I have time, I’ll write about my childhood. I want to leave a legacy for my family.  The best thing to do is to start writing today—and these lessons will guide you. You work at your own speed and write whatever you want. When you sign up for this quick taste of memoir writing, for the next four weeks, you will find a lesson in your inbox. It’s like a present. Open it and enjoy! We hope in the spirit of the new “school year,” you’ll decide to take your relationship with NAMW to the next level and join as a member to have the advantages of all our in person discussions and teleseminars. Sign up here.

To celebrate new beginnings, NAMW is offering $30 off the cost of annual membership and renewals from Saturday August 31st through Monday September 2nd!  New NAMW Memberships are  $149 $119 and NAMW Renewals are       $139 $109. Current and lapsed members are encouraged to take advantage of this sale!

New Membership $149 $119  

Renewals $139 $109 




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