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NAMW Teleseminars

The National Association of Memoir Writers brings together a variety of experts and professionals in the field of writing for our community and our members.  These memoir writing professionals share their wisdom and insights on persisting through the challenges and making your life’s story an engaging work. Learn the craft of memoir writing from others who have forged paths from memories to published stories.

January 2021 Member Teleseminar

January 2021 Member Teleseminar

Kathleen (Kay) Adams Journal Therapy for Calming Anxiety January 29, 2021 11 AM PST  | 12 PM MST  | 1 PM CST |  2 PM EST In June 2019, an executive editor for Sterling Publishing called to ask if I’d take on a book project of 366 themed 70-word prompts, one a day for...

January 2021 Member Teleseminar

Kathleen (Kay) Adams Journal Therapy for Calming Anxiety January 29, 2021 11 AM PST  | 12 PM MST  | 1 PM CST |  2 PM EST In June 2019, an executive editor for Sterling Publishing called to ask if I’d take on a book project of 366 themed 70-word prompts, one a day for...

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December 2020 Member Teleseminar

December 2020 Member Teleseminar

Susan Sparks 
Pandemics and Punchlines: How Laughter can Get Us Through
December 11, 2020
11 AM PST  | 12 PM MST  | 1 PM CST |  2 PM EST

Laughter and joy are not the first things that comes to mind when we think about living and writing through a long pandemic winter. But they should be. Laughter is one of the most powerful, yet under-appreciated tools we have in this life.

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November 2020 Member Teleseminar

November 2020 Member Teleseminar

Inspiration for the Journey: Beginnings, Endings and the Arc of Story
Jerry Waxler
November 20, 2020
11 AM PST  | 12 PM MST  | 1 PM CST |  2 PM EST

Here at NAMW we are always championing you to write the stories that you treasure, that you need to write, that you want to share. I’ve invited Jerry Waxler back to talk about story—a subject he loves to talk about. Over the years, Jerry has taught structure and the power of story, and since this month celebrates National Lifestory Month, we wanted to inspired you and offer some tips to get your story started, if you haven’t begun yet, and infuse new energy into your writing during a time of the year when we can get distracted by everything else. This year was indeed a year of chaos and coping. We hope you can join us.

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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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August 2020 Member Teleseminar

August 2020 Member Teleseminar

Kate Farrell
Storytelling Techniques for Memoir
August 14, 2020
11 AM PDT  |  12 PM MDT |   1 PM CDT  |   2 PM EDT
In the oral tradition, the storyteller is the narrator for the story, omniscient, the one who interprets the characters, emotions, and meaning, and who frames the story. We will explore how to use this objective point of view in memoir, and talk about how to develop voice in writing memoir through the use of storytelling techniques.

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