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A memoir can connect you to others in a vibrant and real way—through story.

Writing a memoir helps you find your voice, tell your story, and reach out to others. You start thinking about your memories, moments that make you feel young again, wondering: what is the legacy I’m leaving behind? 

Find your voice and tell your story. Learn about the benefits NAMW has to offer.

What’s New at NAMW

Women Writing Memoir

Live Webinar • Tues, May 18th • 3pm PT/6pm ET

This free 90-minute webinar is an exploration and a conversation—about women writers and what women memoirists allowed to write. We will focus on the concerns so many of us face:

• How much is too much to share?
• Will I be judged, and how can I push past those fears to write my truth?
• Why is women’s behavior scrutinized in ways that their male writer counterparts’ is not?
• Am I expected to tell all, and what can I do to protect myself/my boundaries?

On May 18, memoir mentors Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers will look at memoirs that take on taboo topics and emotions—anger/rage; sex/sexual behavior; being an ambivalent mother; selfishness; being the “victim,” and so much more.

New Audio Releases for NAMW Members

Join us at the NAMW Virtual Book Club for FREE monthly roundtable discussions with our featured guest authors

Enjoy the full audio for these virtual book club presentations now.

Silence of Shame

by Wendy J. Menara | April 2021 Virtual Book Club

When the Red Gates Opened

by Dori Jones Yang | March 2021 Virtual Book Club

The full audio for these NAMW teleseminars are available at the Members’ area.

26 March 2021 Member Teleseminar

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Podcasts as Platform: Making the Most of the Newest, Hottest Medium

We Help Writers Become Memoirists

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. 

May 2021 Member Event

May 2021 Member Event

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC How Journaling Can Help You Write Your Memoir May 21, 2021  11 AM PDT  | 12 PM MDT  | 1 PM CDT  | 2 PM EDT I have been working on my adoptee memoir on and off for over 20 years. I started working on it after I found and reunited with my...

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May Virtual Book Club

May Virtual Book Club

Zoom event! MEMOIR, FICTION, OR A BIT OF BOTH: Choosing the path that’s right for you Julie Ryan McGue and Barbara Linn Probst May 6, 2021 4 PM PDT  5 PM MDT  6 PM CDT  7 PM EDT    Featuring two authors in conversation about their new books, why they chose to write...

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Featured NAMW Member – Gina Troisi

Featured NAMW Member – Gina Troisi

The Angle of Flickering Light by Gina Troisi Gina Troisi’s father moved out when she was five years old, but before he left, he insisted on telling her about his various affairs—with prostitutes, with her mother’s friends, and finally, with his secretary, Brenda, whom...

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At The National Association of Memoir Writers, we believe in the power of memoir writing!

Many memoir writers find that writing a memoir is a vehicle for transformation. At NAMW you can find workshops, teleseminars, and interviews with writers and experts in memoir, writing skills, therapeutic writing, spiritual autobiography, and healing.

Find your voice and tell your story. Learn about the benefits NAMW has to offer.

Wherever your memoir writing journey takes you, we will be there offering guidance and support to you.

The following online resources are available to provide you with a framework for writing a memoir, the foundation of learning the craft, and the support to keep you going past any obstacles or hurdles you might face.  We strive to make the basis of this process available to all.  Some resources are completely free and some are available to those ready to commit to a more in-depth process.

Articles & Interviews

Read the latest articles and our interviews with a variety of memoir writing experts and authors.

Coaching for Writers

For in-depth memoir writing skills, work with Linda Joy Myers and move toward completion and publishing!

Workshops & Classes

Learn from a variety of NAMW workshops and classes, from roundtables to teleseminars to virtual conferences.

Other Memoir Resources

View other memoir resources from NAMW, including videos, legal and ethical notes, social media suggestions and more.

Learn from the Experts!

NAMW Teleseminars features leaders within the memoir writing community.

Jerry Waxler, M.S.

Jerry Waxler, M.S., is an experienced memoir workshop leader, and a member of the advisory board for the National Association of Memoir Writers. He is also an author, writing coach and therapist.

Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author.

Jed Diamond PhD, LCSW

Jed Diamond, PhD, LCSW, has been helping men, and the women who love them, for more than 40 years. He is the Founder and Director of MenAlive, a health program that helps men live long and well.

Kathleen Adams, LPC

Kathleen (Kay) Adams LPC is a best-selling author, speaker, psychotherapist and visionary. Her first book, Journal to the Self, is a classic that has helped define the field of journal therapy.

Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He’s published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo; Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories; and Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story.

Judy Mandel

Judy L. Mandel is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Replacement Child – a memoir. She is a ghostwriter, writing coach, teacher, freelance editor and editor at Kaylie Jones Books. Judy’s essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut LIFE, ASJA Monthly, Complete Wellbeing Magazine, Connecticut Authors and Publishers Newsletter, and other publications.

Mark Wolynn

Mark Wolynn is a leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma. As the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco, he trains clinicians and helps people struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive thoughts, self-injury, chronic pain and illness.

Marion Roach Smith

Marion Roach is a contemporary non-fiction writer whose work spans many fields of research. Her first book, Another Name for Madness, is a memoir that describes with her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s and the family problems that arose because of it.

Testimonials

Myers makes a compelling case for the power of words as a form of healing and growth.

James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D.

Centennial Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin

A powerful and unique writing guide—one that will lead any writer straight to the heart of their richest material, help them heal, and then teach them how to shape it into literature. Destined to become a classic!

Jordan Rosenfeld

Writer / Editor

With a gentle spirit and a clear voice, Linda Joy Myers creates a safe place for writers. With her 8 Step Program, Myers guides writers through the dark places of the heart, to ultimately arrive at a place of power and grace.

Sue William Silverman

Writer

Your Story Matters. Be Brave. Persist.

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