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


    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


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


 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


        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


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

Sue Silverman

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...]

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

Sam Barry

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...]

Who Am I Now? The Changing Self in Memoir | Roundtable Discussion, Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek

  February 6, 2014 4 PM PST  5 PM MST  6 PM CST  7 PM EST  Free Teleseminar--Sign up below to get the call-in number. One major challenge in memoir writing is the self changes over time.  Who you (or your narrator) were 30 years ago is not who you are today; not even your cells are the same (we get a whole new body of cells every seven years); so who is this "I" who's telling this story?  Linda Joy Myers and Mark Matousek will be talking about how to work with the shifting psyche in … [Read more...]