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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.

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Writing for Healing

Writing stories heals body and soul and is a powerful way to integrate and change our perspective about the past.

June Member Event

June Member Event

Get Discovered in Literary Magazines. With Mary McBeth of Memoir Magazine. June 17, 2022 11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT Get discovered by publishers, agents and potential readers. Promote your memoir on autopilot, and establish your literary reputation....

June Member Event

Get Discovered in Literary Magazines. With Mary McBeth of Memoir Magazine. June 17, 2022 11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT Get discovered by publishers, agents and potential readers. Promote your memoir on autopilot, and establish your literary reputation....

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July Virtual Book Club

July Virtual Book Club

Jill Kandel The Clean Daughter: A Cross-Continental Memoir July 7, 2022 4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT Every marriage is complicated, but a cross-cultural one even more so. I grew up in North Dakota and, at the age of twenty-five, married a man from the...

July Virtual Book Club

Jill Kandel The Clean Daughter: A Cross-Continental Memoir July 7, 2022 4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT Every marriage is complicated, but a cross-cultural one even more so. I grew up in North Dakota and, at the age of twenty-five, married a man from the...

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Featured NAMW Member – Michelle Gartner

Featured NAMW Member – Michelle Gartner

Michelle Gartner The Other Side of Letting Go The Other Side of Letting Go begins shortly after I turned fifty-one and joined the Peace Corps. The story opens with a walk through the Botswana desert and a search for a reliable internet connection. While walking...

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

may MEMBER EVENT

Gina Frangello

I See You: The Radical Power of Recognition in Memoir

april 2022 MEMBER EVENT

Marijke McCandless

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

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.

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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