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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

Building a Powerful Protagonist—When That Protagonist Is You

A workshop with Sands Hall hosted by Linda Joy Myers on Zoom
Three Saturdays: Sept 25, Oct 2, Oct 9
10:30-1:00 PM PDT | 1:30-4:00 PM EDT

Women Writing Memoir

A 6-week deep dive with expert memoirists on the topics that expose us, shame us, embolden us, and thrill us.

Mondays: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8
4pm Pacific | 7pm Eastern

6 Weeks, 6 Expert Teachers

Early-bird price: $225

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.

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

June 18, 2021 Member Teleseminar

Jed Diamond

What the Coronavirus Pandemic Can Teach Us About Life, Love, and Memoir

May 21, 2021 Member Teleseminar

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC

How Journaling Can Help You Write Your Memoir

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. 

September 2021 Member Event

September 2021 Member Event

Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers  How Dare You: The Fear and Fallout of Writing Your Truth September 17, 2021 11 AM PDT  | 12 PM MDT  | 1 PM CDT  | 2 PM EDT In this webinar to kick off the “school year,” Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers dig into some of the...

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September Virtual Book Club

September Virtual Book Club

Bella Mahaya Carter Where Do You Hang Your Hammock: Finding Peace of Mind While You Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book September 9, 2021 4 PM PDT  | 5 PM MDT  | 6 PM CDT  | 7 PM EDT Where Do You Hang Your Hammock? is an invaluable resource for writers that debunks...

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Featured NAMW Member – Judy Kiehart

Featured NAMW Member – Judy Kiehart

Calico Lane: Coming Out and Going Home In her memoir, Calico Lane is the Northeastern Pennsylvania neighborhood of Judith (Judy) Kiehart. In 1953, and for the first seven years of Judy’s life, she lives with her parents in her grandmother’s home surrounded by loving,...

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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

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