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Authenticity in Memoir Writing | Free Roundtable Discussion

Karen Levy

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...]

Writing Bestselling Memoirs Without Throwing Everyone Under the Bus

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July Member Teleseminar  with Linda Watanabe McFerrin July 25, 2014 11 AM PDT  12 PM MDT   1 PM CDT  2 PM EDT   Any professional editor will tell you that the key to writing a fantastic, bestselling memoir is drama and relevance, but sometimes it hard to amp up the intensity without causing major collateral damage with family, community or friends, not to mention ex-spouses and lovers. In this seminar you will learn how to take those quiet moments and turn them into spellbinding … [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...]

Crowdfunding for Books | Amanda Barbara, Pubslush, Sonia Marsh, Kathy Pooler

Amanda Barbara

Roundtable Discussion--Free for all July 10, 2014 4 PM PDT/7 PM EDT With the new publishing models—digital platforms, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing, authors need to find the funds to support their book project. As you all know, writing is simply the first step in getting a book into readers’ hands. Good books require several rounds of editing, which costs money. Professionally designed covers and interior need to be funded, whether it’s a team you hire or a service provided … [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...]

Out On a Limb: When Your Message Defies Expectations

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Roundtable Discussion--Free for All June 5, 2014 4 PM PDT   5 PM MDT   6 PM CDT   7 PM EDT   Jill Smolowe has written two memoirs that depart from common wisdom about her subject matter. The first, An Empty Lap, ignited discussion in the adoption world about the stresses marriages endure when couples, out of sync about whether to have kids, delay starting a family. Her new memoir, Four Funerals and a Wedding, steers clear of the usual how-my-life-came-apart grief script to … [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...]

Following the Yellow Brick Road of Memoir Writing |Marla Miller

Marla Miller

  Member Teleseminar Friday May 16, 2014 11 AM 12 PM   1 PM 2 PM When you write a memoir, you're caught up in a journey about your life, a journey that you try to capture in your book, but you can't exactly predict the plot of this even though you know "what happened." As you sketch out your memories, at first you think about your whole life, and can get overwhelmed with so many memories. But to write a memoir, you need to select and hone your memories, themes, and ideas … [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...]