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About NAMW

NAMWThe National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) is a membership organization for memoir writers from all over the world.


We are a memoir writing community that gathers to connect with each other, and learn writing, marketing and publishing skills through our many events, teleseminars, articles and resources. Our goal is to help memoir writers feel empowered with purpose and energy to develop their stories into a publishable memoir, whether in essay form, a book, a family legacy, or a blog.

Many memoir writers find that writing a memoir is a vehicle for transformation, and we offer articles and workshops about this topic. At NAMW you can find workshops, teleseminars, and interviews with writers and experts in memoir, writing skills, therapeutic writing, spiritual autobiography, and healing.

Of course, we know that we need to learn the rules and conventions of published writing–we need to learn  the craft of writing a good story, investigate the power of language, and understand the requirements of the publishing world, whether traditional or the e-Book revolution.. Very month we offer free resources–our Roundtable Discussion, a monthly newsletter, and articles, audios, and videos that provide important information and enhance your learning.

The NAMW home page with its blogs and articles offers quick access to new books, the wisdom and craft of published authors, and tips for stimulating your  creativity.

Those who join NAMW receive a unique package of memoir writing resources including the NAMW welcome kit mailed to you, and a collection of online and hard copy resources to help you during all phases of your exciting journey of writing a memoir.

Members receive discounts on select NAMW teleseminars, workshops, retreats and other learning opportunities and materials. We have a Facebook page where anyone can talk about their writing life, resources etc, and a Members Only page where members interact with each other, share writing samples if they wish, and talk in depth about their stories, the reasons they write memoir, and what gets in the way.

During the monthly member teleseminars members connect to discuss the craft of writing and publishing a memoir, and enjoy posting events and news our at Facebook sites.

Founder and President, Linda Joy Myers  

Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, & Co-President of the Women’s National Book Association, SF, is the author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, the prize-winning memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, and a workbook The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. She co-teaches the program Write your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner. She coaches writers, and offers teleseminars and workshops nationally. Linda has won prizes for fiction, memoir and poetry: First Prize, Jessamyn West Fiction Contest; Finalist, San Francisco Writing Contest for Secret Music, a novel about the Kindertransport; First Prize, poetry, East of Eden Contest, and for memoir writing First Prize Carol Landauer Life Writing Contest. Linda’s new workbook is The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. She gives workshops nationally, through NAMW, Story Circle, and the Therapeutic Writing Institute, and helps people capture their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops.  Blog:


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