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Spring 2014 NAMW Memoir Telesummit |Angles of View

National Association of Memoir Writers Telesummit

Angles of View–Writing and Sharing Your Memoir

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May 9, 2014

10 AM-4 PM PDT

Sue Silverman

Memoir writers need to gather skills from a variety of sources– finding inspiration and motivation to write and to keep writing, discovering your unique point of view, shaping your work, and discovering the best angle to present to the world in your marketing and publicity efforts. We have to juggle so many skills as a memoir writer.

I’m so excited to spend the day of this year’s memoir Telesummit for the Spring of 2014 with these amazing writers and marketers who are experts in the field.

As you may know all writers have to become good marketers as well as writers. We have to learn how to focus our message in our book—and as we share our message. Please join us for these amazing and illuminating discussions about memoir writing.

 

Sue William Silverman Session One

10 AM PDT  1 PM MDT  12 PM CDT  1 PM EDT

The Serial Memoirist: How Many Memoirs Does it Take to Tell Your Story?

Sue William Silverman

As a woman I live one life. As a writer of memoir, however, I live several. With each book, I observe myself as if through a different lens of a camera, each revealing its own story. In my new memoir, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew, I’m a Pat Boone groupie seeking to pass as Christian – refuge from my abusive Jewish father. In my first memoir, I explore this childhood incestuous relationship, while in my second memoir I write about 28 days I spent in rehab for a sexual addiction. But isn’t there more to me than an incest survivor recovering from sex addiction who is also a Pat Boone groupie? Yes! And I’m now at work on a new (untitled) memoir. So how many memoirs does it take to tell the story of one woman?

In this telesummit we’ll discuss:

  • How to find and define your various stories, so you aren’t trying to cram your whole life into one book.
  • How to write each book without repeating yourself, so each book can stand on its own.
  • But when do you have to repeat yourself in order to provide a solid context for each story?
  • How to discover the theme, the voice, the metaphors, the structure for each book.
  • How to turn an essay collection into a seamless whole.

Sue William Silverman’s new memoir is The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew. Her two other memoirs are Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction, which is also a Lifetime TV movie, and Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, which won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction. Her craft book is Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir.  As a professional speaker, Sue has appeared on The View, Anderson Cooper 360, and CNN-Headline News.  She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   John KremerSession Two

11:15 AM PDT  12:15 PM MDT   1:15 PM MDT  2:15 PM EDT

How to Market a Memoir as a Bestseller

John Kremer

Yes, memoirs can be bestsellers, not only on Amazon, but in real world
bookstores as well. You can sell the story of your life without having to
sell yourself.

  • Learn how other memoirs have become bestsellers.
  • Learn the four best ways to market a memoir.
  • Learn how to use social media to sell a memoir.
  • Learn what you need on your website (and what you don’t!).

John Kremer is the author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Book as well as the developer of the Book Marketing Magic multimedia course. He has never written a memoir (and probably never will), but he has worked with many memoir writers to help them sell more books.

 

CHouser_TwitterPortraitSession Three

12:30 PM PDT  1:30 PM MDT  2:30 PM CDT  3:30 PM EDT

Write Your Flash Memoirs

Christine Houser

What are flash memoirs, you ask?  They are very short, personal stories – vignettes of roughly 300-2000 words.  If you are struggling with getting your memoir started or are daunted by a book length project, writing vignettes can make it easier.  Good flash stories are in high demand so they are also an additional route to getting published. Or, they might just be the change of pace that injects new vigor in your writing practice.

In this telesummit, we’ll look at a couple of great examples and have a lively, interactive discussion that explores:

- What makes a good flash memoir?
- Where can you read and/or submit flash nonfiction?
- How do you get started?

Christine Houser reads, writes, studies, and teaches flash-length creative nonfiction in Seattle. Her stories have been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines, and she writes a how-to blog at www.flashmemoirs.com. For story fodder, Chris travels widely and often eavesdrops while riding the San Juan Island ferries.  Find her on Twitter @flashmemoirs and #cnf (creative nonfiction).

 

martha_aldersonSession Four

1:45 PM PDT  2:45 PM MDT  3:45 PM CDT  4:45 PM EDT

How to Pre-Plot Your Transformation in Your Memoir: Yes, Even Memoirs Have Plots!

Martha Alderson

One of the most difficult elements of memoir writing is determining what life events to include and what memories to leave out. The benefit of pre-plotting is that by identifying key scenes needed at the beginning, the middle, and the end of every great memoir before you begin writing, you save yourself the pain of having to cut carefully crafted and written scenes that do not fit thematically with the deeper meaning of your memoir.

A memoir with a plot is exciting, emotional and meaningful. Character transformation, dramatic action and thematic significance are the three plot threads in every great memoir. Today, our focus is on the plot element of the main character — you. Life events are meaningful when they impacted you in such a way as to change you over time and led to an ultimate transformation. Pre-Plot your growth and transformation based on the actions that forced, caused, created a change in you and the deeper meaning of your transformation.

Of course, no one says you have to pre-plot first before you begin writing. Start writing scenes for your memoir now. Pre-plot as you write. Schedule time for each task. Each supports the other.

We will discuss:

  • The definition of plot and pre-plot
  • The three plot threads in every great memoir
  • How to pre-plot your own personal transformation
  • Essential transformational elements necessary in the beginning of your memoir, the middle, and the end
  • Identify where the emotion is going to be in your memoir — the heart of your own personal story

Martha Alderson, AKA the Plot Whisperer, has been deconstructing memoir, novel and screenplay plots for fifteen years. She leads transformational workshops for people privately and teaches plot workshops to novelists, memoirists, and screenwriters privately, at plot retreats, Writer’s Digest, and at writers’ conferences. She takes writers beyond words into the very heart of a story.

She has written several books as part of her Plot Whisperer series: The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing , The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories, companion workbook to original The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master (Adams Media, a division of F + W Media), Blockbuster Plots Pure & Simple (Illusion Press) and several ebooks.

As the founder of International Plot Writing Month, Martha manages the award-winning blog The Plot Whisperer  which has been awarded top honors as a top writing advice blog by Writers Digest 2009-2013. Her vlog, “How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay” covers 27 steps to plotting your story from beginning to end and playlists to help writers create a compelling plot for their novels, memoirs and screenplays.

Martha, in collaboration with literary agent Jill Corcoran, teaches a series of online, live video plot chats with writers through A Path to Publishing. In collaboration with author Jordan Rosenfeld, Martha offers a series of Plot, Scene & Transformation retreats beginning in May, 2014,  Mt. Madonna Center. www.writerpath.com

 

 

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Spring 2014  Memoir Telesummit

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  1. Trying to sign up, but keep getting an error message. Is there something wrong with the sign up system? Or is it me?

  2. Kathryn (Kaye) Curren says:

    I signed up for the May 9 seminar thinking it was free to all. When I accidentally signed up again it said I was already signed up.

    Now you say it is member’s only? And nonmembers will not be able to attend the actual event Thursday?
    Does that mean we nonmembers are signing up for the free audio only and receive it after the event?

    Sorry. I am a little confused…but that is not new.

    Thanks, Kaye Curren

    • Hi Kaye,

      Our May 9th telesummit is absolutely free to everyone. We do have a Members Only teleseminar event each month, but it’s something totally separate. So sorry for the confusion!

      Kind Regards
      Erica
      NAMW

  3. I wish it said free event for members only at the heading of the event.

    • Nancy R. Smith says:

      When and how to we get the free audio?I felt that I would not be able to participate in 5 hrs straight and look forward to learning at a more measure pace on my own time. Thanks!

  4. Jan Golden says:

    signed up got several emails but no instructions on how to sign on and listen. Thanks for your advise

  5. Jim Zaccaria says:

    Would Love to sign up for Telesummit I heard of from John Kremer… sadly there is No ‘button’ to allow me to send my info.
    I hope recording will be available.
    Regards
    Jim Z in AZ

  6. I hope that I signed up. Please sign me up for the recordings if I didn’t already… Thank YOU!

  7. Skye Blaine says:

    Will signing up for the telesummit also provide the audio? I couldn’t see where to sign up just for that.
    Thanks,
    Skye (a member)

  8. Either your date for Friday’s webinar is wrong or the day of the week is wrong as Friday is not the 18th, but the 16th. Please check this out for us listeners. Thanks. Barbara Fifield, currently working on my first memoir

  9. Please continue to send information regarding teleseminars

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