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Authenticity in Memoir Writing | Free Roundtable Discussion

Karen Levy

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


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!

LJM, Judy and Jerry

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

Amanda Barbara

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...]

Writing a Healing Memoir/Spiritual Autobiography Workshop—6 Session Summer 2014


with Linda Joy Myers We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott In this workshop, we silence the noise of everyday life and dig into memories, tune into writing our stories, and learn the skills needed to write a satisfying memoir—to get all the way to "The End." It's important to write freely without worrying about your inner critic … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Membership Sale

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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...]

Out On a Limb: When Your Message Defies Expectations


Roundtable Discussion--Free for All June 5, 2014 4 PM PDT   5 PM MDT   6 PM CDT   7 PM EDT   Jill Smolowe has written two memoirs that depart from common wisdom about her subject matter. The first, An Empty Lap, ignited discussion in the adoption world about the stresses marriages endure when couples, out of sync about whether to have kids, delay starting a family. Her new memoir, Four Funerals and a Wedding, steers clear of the usual how-my-life-came-apart grief script to … [Read more...]

Memoir Telesummit Wisdom | Spring 2014

Sue Silverman

  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...]

Interview with Sue William Silverman For National Association of Memoir Writers

Sue Silverman

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...]