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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...]

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...]

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...]

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

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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...]

Finding Your Voice in Memoir | Memoir Intensive TeleWorkshop

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A 4-week Memoir Workshop Intensive by Judy L. Mandel  by phone and email June 10, 17, 24, July 1 4 PST, 5 MST, 6 CST, 7 EST $125 for non-members   $110 for members   Often when we start writing our memoir, we struggle to find our own unique way of telling the story—our voice. It can be as elusive as a shadow, as hard to capture as a dream. Once we find our voice, the way our writing sounds most like our inner self, our story is much easier to shape. … [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...]

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...]