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Interview about Memoir, Writing the Truth, and Family: Joy Castro and Linda Joy Myers

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LJM: Joy—you so skillfully and poetically dig deep into the ethics, shame, and struggles of writing about family in your essays in Island of Bones, and in your introduction to Family Trouble—Memoirist on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. Your speeches at the AWP conference rocked my world. They were so inspiring to those of us who struggle with voice, with permission, and with finding our stride with our material. I'm so pleased you will be our guest at the NAMW member … [Read more...]

NAMW Writers Workshop Weekend

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Write your Memoir Now MEMOIR RETREAT OCTOBER 3-5, 2014 WATER’S EDGE RESORT & SPA WESTBROOK, CONNECTICUT REGISTER EARLY FOR EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! NAMW MEMBER DISCOUNT! REGISTER TODAY If you are thinking about writing your memoir, have 100 pages you're struggling with, or even an entire completed draft of your book, you owe it to yourself to come to this First Annual memoir workshop retreat sponsored by the National Association of Memoir Writers … [Read more...]

Journaling as Seed for Memoir/ A 4-week Memoir Intensive | Kathy Pooler

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    May 6-27 2014, 4 weeks Tuesdays 4PST, 5 MST, 6 CST, 7 EST $125 for non-members   $110 for members  To write a memoir, you need to mine your memories and get in touch with the significant events in your life that have shaped you into the person you are today. What a voyage of self-discovery! Journaling can help plant the seeds for the story you need to tell. Journaling can become a pathway to healing and hope and help you to recall, relive, and reflect upon the moments … [Read more...]

Free Events at the National Association of Memoir Writers

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By now, writers are aware that the publishing world is undergoing a volcanic eruption that has changed the landscape forever.  Ten years ago, when I published my first book Becoming Whole, it was "against the rules" to give anyone the hint that you were self-published. It was a dirty word then and generally understood that any self-published book was just not any good. Those of us writing and developing our books to the highest level of professionalism, which most writers did, were not in … [Read more...]

Interview with Jerry Waxler –The Benefits of a Tele-Workshop

Jerry Waxler is offering another 4 - Week Intensive starting April 1. We thought you should hear more from Jerry, who is a devoted and stimulating teacher of memoir, about his workshop.       Linda Joy: Jerry, we're so pleased you are offering workshops here at the National Association of Memoir Writers. And the feedback from students in the class you offered in February was so impressive, we decided to offer it again in April. Why do you think your students appreciated the class so … [Read more...]

Family Troubles: The Hazards and Rewards of Writing About Family | Joy Castro

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  April Member Teleseminar April 18, 2014  11 AM PDT    12 PM MDT    1 PM CDT    2 PM EDT    I'm pleased to welcome Joy Castro this month as our member teleseminar presenter. I highly recommend her memoir The Truth Book, and Family Troubles--Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. She gave a powerful presentation at the AWP Conference in Seattle last month, and I loved meeting her in person. It's always inspiring to meet the "real" people I have gotten to … [Read more...]

Story Structure for Memoir Writers | A 4-week Memoir Intensive by Jerry Waxler

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 April 1 - 22, 2014, 4 weeks (Tuesdays) 4 PST, 5 MST, 6 CST, 7 EST $125 for non-members   $110 for members To write a memoir, you need to translate unstructured memories into the structure called “Story.” In this four session teleclass, Jerry Waxler will break the form of a Story into simple elements. Then we’ll walk together step by step through the process of translating your life experience into a form that readers won’t want to put down. What you will … [Read more...]

Spring into your Memoir Writing – New courses, workshops, and teleseminars

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        If you're in the East coast, you may still be getting snow, but we out here in sunny California are experiencing spring with flowers, sweet scents, and warm temperatures. Just think if you and your children are writing memoirs, this winter will no doubt provide some stories to tell. Every moment that you experience can become part of a flash memoir or a short story. Or you might string together many moments that have meaning, offer a legacy, or present a new insight … [Read more...]

Write a Healing Memoir/Spiritual Autobiography Workshop | Spring 2014

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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 Workshop: 9 Sessions Starting April 3, 2014 Thursdays, 3 PM PDT/6 PM EDT  Member Pricing -  $390   Non-Member Pricing -  $525 Linda Joy Myers, Workshop Leader Included for free: a PDF of my workbook Journey of Memoir–The Three Stages of Memoir Writing In this workshop, we silence … [Read more...]

Spring 2014 NAMW Memoir Telesummit |Angles of View

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National Association of Memoir Writers Telesummit Angles of View--Writing and Sharing Your Memoir Free to All—Sign up to get your free audio download of the whole day May 9, 2014 10 AM-4 PM PDT 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 … [Read more...]