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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 Made Heavy a
Best-selling Memoir?

4 Tuesdays: May 17-June 7
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“I live better if I’m playing the writing game better.”
—Kiese Laymon

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What’s New at NAMW

May Member Event

May Member Event

Gina Frangello, author of Blow Your House Down—a Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason   I See You: The Radical Power of Recognition in Memoir May 20, 2022 11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT I’m so pleased to have as our May Member guest Gina Frangello. I...

May Member Event

Gina Frangello, author of Blow Your House Down—a Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason   I See You: The Radical Power of Recognition in Memoir May 20, 2022 11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT I’m so pleased to have as our May Member guest Gina Frangello. I...

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June Virtual Book Club

June Virtual Book Club

Laura Engel YOU’LL FORGET THIS EVER HAPPENED: SECRETS, SHAME, AND ADOPTION In The 1960’s. June 2, 2022 4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT You’ll Forget This Ever Happened is the story of Laura, a typical seventeen-year-old high school senior in 1967, who finds...

June Virtual Book Club

Laura Engel YOU’LL FORGET THIS EVER HAPPENED: SECRETS, SHAME, AND ADOPTION In The 1960’s. June 2, 2022 4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT You’ll Forget This Ever Happened is the story of Laura, a typical seventeen-year-old high school senior in 1967, who finds...

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

april 2022 MEMBER EVENT

Marijke McCandless

Exposing the Poetry of Presence in Memoir: Naked writing as a juicy practice for getting present

march MEMBER EVENT

Martha Alderson

 

Drawing From Your Life to Create Fiction

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. 

The National Association of Memoir Writers believes in the power of memoir writing! Writing a memoir can be a vehicle for self-knowledge and transformation as well as a much needed journey into family history, culture, and legacy. NAMW offers three live events each month—the Virtual Book Club, where you learn about the journey of other writers like you. A Member only event featuring experts in the field of writing, editing, marketing, and publicity. And Group Coaching—to chat with your fellow writers on Zoom. There are many resources for members: interviews with experts in memoir, writing craft, therapeutic writing, spiritual autobiography, and healing.

Our motto: Be brave! 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

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