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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...]

Journaling for the Empowering Discovery of Who You Are |Dawn Herring

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March Member Teleseminar March 21, 2014 11 AM PDT    12 PM  MDT     1 PM  CDT    2 PM   EDT Do you need a fresh approach toward discovering who you are and appreciating what you bring to this world? Are you looking for a fresh perspective in all of your life dimensions and want to express your creativity, thus increasing the quality of your life? Are you looking for a way to set appropriate boundaries in order to thrive and live life authentically? Dawn Herring, Host of … [Read more...]

You’ve Written Your Memoir—Now What? | Steps on the Path to Publishing

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Member Teleseminar February 21 2014 with Sam Barry 11 AM PST   12 PM MST   1 PM  CST  2 PM EST   With the publishing world changing every day, your head must be spinning with the choices you have to make. You ask, “Should I find an agent or should I self-publish? How do I know when my manuscript is ready? What are the best publishing choices for my book and theme?"   Sam Barry, director of the Book Passage Path to Publishing Program, is our guest for this member … [Read more...]

Shape the Story Structure of your Memoir

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 NAMW Member Telseminar with Jerry Waxler January 24,2014  11 AM PST  12 MST  1 CST  2 EST We are so happy to welcome back Jerry Waxler, an NAMW board member and veteran teacher of memoir writing in his community of Philadelphia, and here at the National Association of Memoir Writers. Jerry is going to teach his specialty workshop in creating story in February, but you can get a taste of what he will present here in this special member teleseminar. When you remember your past, your … [Read more...]

The Role of Memory in Writing Memoirs | Mary Gottschalk

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Member Teleseminar December 13, 2013 11 AM PDT    12 PM MDT     1 PM CDT     2 PM EDT We are pleased to present Mary Gottschalk, author of Sailing Down the Moonbeam. Memoirs are, by their nature, selective in the ideas and information they offer to the reader. But as she wrote her memoir, Mary discovered how important it is to understand the limitations of one’s own memory.  She will talk about the different kinds of memory, how we remember things, and why we remember them.  We … [Read more...]

Five Secrets to Writing an Enduring Memoir – Member Teleseminar | Theo Pauline Nestor

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Join us for this NAMW Member Teleseminar November 22, 2013 11 PM PST  12 PM MST  1 PM CST  2 PM EST   Writing a memoir is a complex task that asks us to weave truth, story, craft, and our own vulnerability as writers. And not only that, we have to learn how to reach out to the reader, we need to create a narrator that is relatable and real so the reader can identify with the us as narrators, and learns a universal message from our memoir. When all this is done with the right balance, we … [Read more...]

Are You Struggling with Your Memoir Structure?

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      Join us for our October Member Teleseminar with Judy Mandel! October 25, 2013 11 AM PDT  12 PM MDT   1 PM CDT  2 PM EDT Memoir writers often find themselves stuck with questions about how to structure their memoir. Some questions: When should you start thinking about the structure of your memoir? Will an outline help? What are some tips to help you organize the memories of your lifetime into a coherent story that keeps the reader wanting to turn the page? Judy L. … [Read more...]

Can the Truth be Handled? A Conversation in Search of an Answer | Beth Kephart

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  Member Teleseminar September 20, 2013 11 AM PDT   12 PM MDT  1 PM  CDT 2 PM EDT As the award-winning author of five memoirs and a teacher of memoir at the University of Pennsylvania, Beth Kephart has thought long and hard about the form—what it is, what it isn’t, and why it still matters. In her newly published HANDLING THE TRUTH: ON THE WRITING OF MEMOIR, Kephart reflects on the vulnerability we must bring to our work, the care we must take regarding the lives of others, and … [Read more...]

You’ve Published a Memoir–Now How Do You Sell It? | Sonia Marsh

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August 23, 2013 11 AM PDT    12 PM MDT   1 PM CDT    2 PM EDT Member Teleseminar We are pleased to present Sonia Marsh, author of From Freeways to Flipflops, a prize-winning memoir. Sonia is a DIY expert, and has a lot to share with us about the new ways we can each promote our books and be a successful author.  From Sonia: I’m a writer just like you, and I’m grateful that a small traditional press rejected my manuscript. Why? Because as an unknown author I realized that … [Read more...]

How to Ethically Use Fiction in Your Memoir and Truth in Your Fiction

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  July  26 Member Teleseminar 11 AM PDT   12 PM MDT   1 PM CDT   2 PM EDT The common denominator in both fiction and memoir is writing "essential truth": constructing your story’s plot and emotional current so readers experience the essential emotional truth of the story. This one-hour teleseminar will address the ethics and some of the writing techniques of using actual events, people, and places as part of your fiction writing and altering real-life circumstances, people, or … [Read more...]