At The National Association of Memoir Writers, we believe in the Power of Memoir Writing!
Writing a memoir is a powerful way to find your voice, tell your story, and reach out to the larger world with who you are. It’s a process of mining memories and discovering the most meaningful stories—the Turning Points that create the spine of your memoir, the basic themes and plot.
A memoir writer needs to learn the skills to write a memoir that weaves craft and truth—which can mean confronting conflicting family stories, interpreting memories and events that were life changing, and finding a way to witness and offer testimony to these events. A memoir is a way to share knowledge and connect with others.
Through the benefits offered at NAMW, we help writers feel empowered with purpose and energy to begin and develop their stories into a publishable memoir, whether in essay form, a book, a family legacy, or a blog.
We offer 100 audios of live member teleseminars, several free eBooks, and discounts on workshops and writing craft tools and products. The founder, Linda Joy Myers, has taught memoir writing for many years, and has written three books on memoir writing and her own award-winning memoir Don’t Call Me Mother. Her book The Power of Memoir is an 8 Step course in memoir writing in book form!
If you are not able to join us live, you can listen at any time to the audio downloads of 90+ NAMW Memoir Writing Member Teleseminars. Learning with experts: Valued at $50 per workshop.
2.) Free Ebooks:
- E-book by Sharon Lippincott, Dazzling Descriptions: Selected Blog Posts from the Heart and Craft of Life Writing
Sharon Lippincott is a NAMW Advisory board member. Learn more about Sharon by clicking here
A $20 value.
E-Book by Jerry Waxler On Becoming a Writer Jerry’s eBook guides the beginning writer through the early stages of writing and creating a memoir. He draws from his book The Four Elements for Writers–Earth, Fire, Air and Water as metaphors for the creative process.
A $20 value.
3.) NEW Membership benefit for 2014—Group Laser Coaching with Linda Joy Myers
All members of NAMW are invited to sign up for once a month laser coaching sessions starting January. This is a NEW membership benefit for all existing and new members starting in January. A $50 value.
How it Works
When you sign up, you make a commitment to your memoir and your writing process. Be sure to think of how I and the group can help you with your memoir. Laser coaching is a coaching technique that promotes focus and problem solving about writing a memoir. Everyone benefits from a group call—even if you can’t ask “your” question, you will listen to the questions and answers that others bring to the call.
What do we Discuss in the Coaching Sessions?
Bring your questions about writing, publishing, marketing, writing the truth, writing as healing, staying on course with your writing—whatever helps you to write, develop, edit, and publish your memoir. You can be at any stage of writing your memoir and ask a question.
We will all be on the call together to hear everyone’s questions and answers, and offer community support to each other about writing a memoir.
4.) Special Member Discounts for Workshops,Online Classes, and Webinars
NAMW members get exclusive discounts for each workshop and class offering at the National Association of Memoir Writers. Workshops have included Begin Your Memoir, Spiritual Autobiography and Healing Memoir, Memoir and Plot and others by experts in memoir writing.
5.) Access our Members Only Facebook Group
If you want to share how your writing life is going, you can tell us more on our Facebook page. This space will help you to connect with other members, share your story ideas and progress, and talk about the skills you need to write and publish your memoir. The NAMW Members Only Facebook Group is visible and accessible only to NAMW members.
6.) Receive an Exclusive NAMW Member Logo
Demonstrate that you are serious about your work and a member of a large community dedicated to memoir writing. The NAMW Member logo can be used in your print materials as well as on your blog or website.
From the comfort of your home, you can call in to talk with a variety of experts about memoir writing and spiritual autobiography. You can learn about creating your plot from dreams and memories, the psychology of memoir writing, how to write the truth and still be invited for the holidays, the healing power of writing, and much more. These teleseminars are over a $600 value and are included at no additional charge to members of NAMW.
During these teleseminars, our members learn about the important elements in memoir writing. Inspirational, instructive, and valuable telecourses that help you begin, develop, and complete your memoir.
Check out our teleseminar page for an up to date listing of confirmed monthly teleseminars!
8.) Access to Downloadable recordings of our Monthly Memoir Writing Roundtables and Previous Day-Long Telesummits.
This list of an additional audio recordings grows monthly and is available to our members for immediate download! A $120 value.
9.) A PDF download of The NAMW E-book: Memoir Writing as a Healing Journey by Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D.
Many memoir writers find that writing a personal history helps to integrate past and present, and gives them a new perspective about their lives.
This book discusses the important research of Dr. James Pennebaker and other researchers that show how writing heals both body and soul, and makes a case for free expression and the wisdom of healing the past through writing the truth.
Memoir Writing as a Healing Journey helps you with the journey of memoir writing, from how to get started to taming the inner critic. You will learn to how to make the transition from memory to memoir, and soon have many small stories or vignettes. There are powerful writing invitations to help you bypass your critic, and stories by other writers to encourage your path. You will find out that writing the truth is freeing and can be done without alienating the family.
10.) Access to The NAMW Jumpstart Your Memoir Questionnaire.
This questionnaire helps you to focus on the meaning, themes, and structure of your story. Using this tool, you will discover the title, turning points, and affirmations that will keep you writing and help you conquer your inner critic
11) Five Secrets to Writing a Publishable Memoir
This CD and transcript set gives an overview of what it takes to write a memoir—the attitude, skill set, and planning that are part of writing a memoir. Memoir writers struggle with the “rules” of writing, and many say there aren’t any—but they are wrong! There are certain things that a writer needs to keep in mind when beginning to write a memoir—how to start, finding the spine of the plot, and creating believable and emotionally alive moments that will connect with your reader. You will learn about freewriting, creating turning points, creating a timeline, learning to write vignettes, creating scenes, the inner and outer critic, and writing dark and light stories. You can pop the one hour audio in your player or download to an mp3 and listen while you drive or garden. It can be challenging to keep writing and believe in your book, but these tools will help to keep you on track.
12.) CD of an interview with Kathleen Adams, founder of the Center for Journal Therapy, Inc, about Writing as Healing conducted by Linda Joy Myers, PhD. This CD will be mailed to the address you register when you purchase your membership.
Kay Adams is well known in the therapeutic writing community for her work using journaling and writing as a healing tool.
She is founder and president of the Center for Journal Therapy, Inc., and the author of Journal to the Self, The Write Way to Wellness, The Way of the Journal and three other books. She is a past-president of the National Association of Poetry Therapy. In 2008, Kay hosted the Journal Conference: The Power of Writing in Denver. Guests included the top names in the field of therapeutic writing, journal writing, and spiritual autobiography, such as Dr. James Pennebaker, Christine Baldwin, Tristine Rainier, and 75 other authors and experts, including NAMW president Linda Joy Myers.
Please visit www.journaltherapy.com to learn more about Kay and Journal Therapy.
A $20 value.
Keep up with the happenings in the memoir world through our monthly newsletter. Stay tuned for featured members, member news, articles, and stories from other members.
14.) Networking opportunities with other memoir writers.
We want you to be able to share your successes, news, and stories with others. Our mission is to help you connect with other memoir writers for support, education, and inspiration. Membership benefits also include access to contests, grants, agents and publishers as well as exposure to cutting-edge news and information about the memoir-writing field.
We are partnering with Susan Daffron of Logical Expressions, Inc. to help you turn your memoir into a finished book. In addition to publishing her own 10 books, Susan is a designer with more than 15 years of experience laying out books and other long documents using industry-standard software, such as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. You’ll receive a custom designed book cover and a professionally laid out interior at a special discounted rate. The end result will be a book you’ll be proud to hand out to people.