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Mani Feniger September 11, 2014 4 PM PDT 5 PM MDT 6 PM CDT 7 PM EDT Mani Feniger thought her relationship with her mother was over when she buried her mother’s ashes. But two years later, the discovery of a startling photograph of her mother taken just months before rise of the Nazi regime in Germany, sent Mani on a twenty-year search across continents and lifetimes, uncovering clues about her family’s past that eventually revealed the life of a woman very different from the mother she … [Read More...]
NAMW Member Teleseminar with Jackie Swensen August 22, 2014 11 AM PDT 12 PM MDT 1 PM CDT 2 PM EDT Many memoir writers come to their stories from having journaled much of their lives, so we are pleased to offer an expert on journaling and healing to present this August member teleseminar, Jackie Swensen. Memoir writing requires a host of narrative skills to transform a person’s memories into something that appeals to a wide audience. For example, a sharp eye for detail, a … [Read More...]
Write Your Memoir Now—Retreat in Connecticut Final days for Early Bird Discount! ONLY $475 until August 1st A Special Opportunity for Memoir Writers Do you want to write a memoir? Maybe you have already begun the amazing journey of transforming the pivotal stories in your life into a story. Writing to share your life lessons for others to benefit from your experience is a wonderful goal. Your story can help others gain perspective, not only of your story, but within their … [Read More...]
Karen Levy August 7, 2014 4 PM PDT 5 PM MDT 6 PM CDT 7 PM EDT Karen Levy found that she had to push herself past the inner critic and other voices that stopped her from writing her memoir My Father's Gardens. She took emotional risks with the story she had to tell about her need to find a voice that would give her strength and a place in which she belongs after a lifetime of belonging everywhere and nowhere. Writing allowed her to give voice to thoughts and fears she had kept to … [Read More...]
July Member Teleseminar with Linda Watanabe McFerrin July 25, 2014 11 AM PDT 12 PM MDT 1 PM CDT 2 PM EDT Any professional editor will tell you that the key to writing a fantastic, bestselling memoir is drama and relevance, but sometimes it hard to amp up the intensity without causing major collateral damage with family, community or friends, not to mention ex-spouses and lovers. In this seminar you will learn how to take those quiet moments and turn them into spellbinding … [Read More...]
Judy L. Mandel I can see my dad bent over his watchmaker’s bench, jeweler’s monocle in his right eye, squinting the left shut while he scrutinized a diamond. Dad didn’t have much hair from the time I could remember, but in this crouch there was always one wayward black-gray strand dangling in front of the monocle. He proudly displayed his framed Gemologist certificate behind the diamond showcase in his small shop in Elizabeth, New Jersey. As a kid, I could never figure out … [Read More...]
It’s easy to forget that a memoir really is all about you and step back from the story at key points. “I didn’t want to say too much about that, because I don’t want to sound like I was bragging,” is a common response to the urging to the feedback “I’d like to read more about that.” Most of us learned early that bragging was to be avoided, and those who have been fortunate and rise above the ordinary may hesitate to elaborate on successes in memoir. The inverse is equally … [Read More...]
The roses are blooming all over! Fragrant gardens, birdsong, and blossoms, many shades of green, wafting soft breezes, happy earthworms--spring has sprung! Our minds melt into dream with such richness of the earth with new life, the flowering of what will be the fruits of the harvest. I believe that when we tune into the natural forces of the earth and the cycles of time, our creativity is lit up, inviting us to dig into the treasures of our hearts and souls. Remember, every month … [Read More...]
I'm jazzed! It's such a privilege to be learning from our terrific Telesummit presenters Sue William Silverman, John Kremer, Chris Houser, and Martha Alderson today at the NAMW Telesummit--Spring 2014! A few tidbits of what I learned. Those of you who signed up were either on the line or will be getting the audio, once we edit it a bit. We had a couple of tech glitches--who knows why--and the audio will go out to all who signed up as soon as we can make it available. Sue … [Read More...]
We want to welcome Sue William Silverman to another stop on the WOW--Women on Writing Blog Tour. This time, she has graciously written answers to questions by me, Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association of Memoir Writers. LJM: Sue, you have written two memoirs that had serious themes: sexual abuse and love addiction. What a surprise to see the humor and playfulness in this book! Can you talk about the different voices for each book, and a bit about how you thought about your … [Read More...]