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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.

Feminist Foundations:
2022 Book Club

(Tuesdays: 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12 )
4pm Pacific | 7pm Eastern

Led by Linda Joy Myers (National Association of Memoir Writers) and Brooke Warner (She Writes Press), this book club will be the most important and foundational one you’ve ever been a part of—if you’re seeking to write your memoir. This is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with some of the most important memoirs that have shaped the genre and profoundly influenced women memoirists for decades.

Linda Joy and Brooke chose these four books for how impactful Woolf, Angelou, Jong, and Hong Kingston have been to so many women. Each of these memoirs, in their honest and brave portrayals, opened doors for other women writers and shone light onto what was possible for those of us who followed in their footsteps. Don’t miss this opportunity to kick off 2022 by reading these foundational books, and joining these conversations (and teachings) about how you can learn from their legacies.

What’s New at NAMW

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

DECEMBER MEMBER EVENT

Beth Kephart

Speeding things up. Slowing things down.

NOVEMBER MEMBER EVENT

Eric Maisel

How “Redesign Your Mind” Techniques 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. 

Featured NAMW Member – Jan Hogle

Featured NAMW Member – Jan Hogle

Risking Wreckage: A Memoir of Adventuring Out and Settling In Some adventures are chosen, and some are not. Ironically, Jan’s worst adventure happened when a pickup truck sent her flying to land in the road while walking to work in Wisconsin in 2016. During recovery,...

January Member Event

January Member Event

Kay Adams Raise Your Hand If You're Not Burned Out January 28, 2022 11 AM PST | 12 PM MST | 1 PM CST | 2 PM EST  As we lean into the third year of COVID, who among us isn't feeling burned out? Burnout is typically associated with workplace stress and overwhelm. But...

January Virtual Book Club

January Virtual Book Club

Carolyn Lee Arnold  Fifty First Dates After Fifty: A Memoir January 13, 2022 4 PM PST | 5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST My memoir started out as a simple desire to share my fun dating stories as a woman in her late 50s.  I had...

December Member Event

December Member Event

Beth KephartSpeeding things up. Slowing things down.December 10, 2021 11 AM PST | 12 PM MST | 1 PM CST | 2 PM EST  [else_memb_is_logged_in]You must be logged in to NAMW to access the recording. Once logged in, refresh this...

December Virtual Book Club

December Virtual Book Club

Lisa LuccaAshes to Ink: Writing A Memoir of AcceptanceDecember 2, 2021  4 PM PST | 5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM ESTAcceptance struggles to emerge from a cocoon of family secrets . . . After her parents' divorce in 1974, Lisa Lucca's idyllic Midwestern childhood is...

November Member Event

November Member Event

Eric MaiselHow “Redesign Your Mind” Techniques Can Help You Write Your Memoir November 19, 202111 AM PST | 12 PM MST | 1 PM CST | 2 PM EST[else_memb_is_logged_in]You must be logged in to NAMW to access the recording. Once logged in, refresh this...

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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