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Back to School/Labor day Sale–Celebrating New Beginnings

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  Here at NAMW, we think of Labor Day and Back to School as a chance for new beginnings. To us, the start of September is a time to pick up projects that might have languished over the summer. It's a time to refocus and reset our goals. So we say, let's KICKSTART our focus with a sale on NAMW annual membership! To celebrate new beginnings, NAMW is offering $20 off the cost of an annual membership from today through Wednesday September 3rd! NAMW new Memberships are now just $149 … [Read more...]

We DO Judge a Book by Its Cover—Secrets You Don’t Know About Book Cover Design

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September 26, 2014 11 am PDT 12 pm MDT 1 pm CDT 2 pm EDT   Michele De Filippo and Sonia Marsh This is a WEBINAR, not our usual member teleseminar. On this webinar, we are excited to present photos of good and not so good book designs, to teach you what works and what doesn't in the publishing world. Please join us! This is an event that is free to all National Association of Memoir Writers Members. To learn more about membership, or to join so you can view this webinar live and ask … [Read more...]

Develop the Mystery in Your Memoir | Free Roundtable Discussion

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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...]

What Does Self-discovery Have to do With Memoir Writing? | August Member Teleseminar

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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 Oct. 3-5, 2014 | Early Bird Price

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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...]

Authenticity in Memoir Writing | Free Roundtable Discussion

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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...]

Writing Bestselling Memoirs Without Throwing Everyone Under the Bus

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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...]

Secrets of Structuring a Memoir that Works!

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Teleseminar for NAMW Members Judy Mandel, Linda Joy Myers, Jerry Waxler June 20, 2014 11 AM PDT 12 PM MDT 1 PM CDT 2 PM EDT As a memoir writer, you must transform your unstructured memories into the structure of a story. To do that, take a closer look at the way stories work, and then follow that roadmap. In this teleseminar we’ll answer the kinds of questions we typically hear from writers who are trying to find the story. • How can I identify my most meaningful memories? • What … [Read more...]

Dad: Re-Visited on #Father’s Day

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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...]

Crowdfunding for Books | Amanda Barbara, Pubslush, Sonia Marsh, Kathy Pooler

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Roundtable Discussion--Free for all July 10, 2014 4 PM PDT/7 PM EDT With the new publishing models—digital platforms, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing, authors need to find the funds to support their book project. As you all know, writing is simply the first step in getting a book into readers’ hands. Good books require several rounds of editing, which costs money. Professionally designed covers and interior need to be funded, whether it’s a team you hire or a service provided … [Read more...]