8 Experts Join Guest List to Discuss Truth or Lie–On the Cusp of Memoir and Fiction
The National Association of Memoir Writers is showcasing talented authors and teachers who are experts in Creative Nonfiction and memoir for the first ever Teleconference on Truth or Lie—On the Cusp of Memoir and Fiction, for the bi-annual National Association of Memoir Writers Day-Long Memoir Writing Teleconference, scheduled for October 21, 2011.
This unique conference drawing upon the expertise of well-known memoirists and teachers begins at 10 AM PDT. This event is open to the public at no cost. Advanced registration is required and audio recordings of each presentation will be provided to everyone who signs up in advance of the event. [popup url=”https://www.namw.org/wp-content/uploads/Fall2011TSsignup1.html”] Simply click here to SIGN UP NOW.[/popup]
The shape of the day begins with the world of Creative Nonfiction and Memoir— as the experts talk about issues that concern all writers who draw upon personal truth. Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic to Desire and editor of the online literary magazine Brevity, will lead off the discussion, followed by Jennifer Lauck, author of four memoirs including Blackbird and Found. Both are writers who have written about the genre of Creative Nonfiction and memoir, and are familiar with the courageous journey that writers take to explore the labyrinth of memory and truth.
Some writers who want to write memoir find it impossible for various reasons—legal, ethical, or emotional—to present their stories as factual truth, but they still want to capture the stories of their lives. Robin Hemley, author of two memoirs and Turning Your Life into Fiction, will talk about techniques that help writers make the transition from memoir to fiction, and the authors who have made that choice.
You do not have to be “of a certain age” to write a memoir. NAMW is pleased to present a panel of younger writers: Young Memoirists Talk about Truth in Writing Memoir with Elisabeth Eaves, Nicole Johns, and Anna Mitchael, each the author of courageous books that reveal much about their lives.
Penny Sansieveri, Author Marketing Expert, rounds out the day with the important subject of marketing, getting comfortable with the idea of shifting from the private, personal world of journaling and memoir to the public world where these private issues are published and shared with others—which after all is the point of getting a book published.
“I’m so excited to have writers I’ve admired for so long talk with me on these important issues of truth in memoir writing. I know how hard writers struggle with memory, truth, family, and the courage to draw upon real life in creating their stories,” commented NAMW President , Dr. Linda Joy Myers.
The conference will help writers move forward in their journey from beginning writer to successful book author by answering the following questions:
- Where do you begin writing your memoir, and how do you decide how much to reveal?
- What do I do about family and friends who don’t want me to reveal personal details?
- There are things I feel ashamed about writing—but they are part of my story. So I quit writing it. Do you have any advice about that?
- How do I decide between memoir and fiction?
- When should I create a blog about my book?
- People tell me I’m too young to have anything to say. Should I just wait to write until I’m older.
- How much can I shape and change the exact truth and still call this a memoir?
[popup url=”https://www.namw.org/wp-content/uploads/Fall2011TSsignup1.html”] Simply click here to SIGN UP NOW[/popup] for the event and we’ll send you more information as it becomes available, including the audio recordings of each presentation, shortly following the event.
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Hi Linda Joy,
I am signed up for this writing tele-summit and can’t wait to hear all of your exciting guests. Thank you for putting this together. Dawn
This looks like an exciting day! I use my own life stories in my blog and when facilitating my memoir and journaling classes. I’m eager to learn more about this topic so I can share it with my students. Thank you.
I tried to sign up but when I put my name and email in the the box and hit sign up nothing happened so I don’t know if I’m signed up or not. Teresa Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
I am soooo looking forward to this one! Thanks so much for providing this opportunity.
Great that you will be there! Spread the word to friends and colleagues!
I’ve been writing personal stories and histories for over 30 years, but there is always a new perspective and an old perspective to rediscover.
Thank you so much for this free conference.
I haven’t received the number to call yet though. Also, I use a computer phone, and last time I tried to call in to a conference I couldn’t get through. Do you have any special requirements for computer phones?
If I can’t get through tomorrow, will a transcript be available?
Thanks so much again,
I signed up but didn’t receive the call-in number. How can I get that information?
This is a long overdue event. I’m thrilled even though I couldn’t join on time I have read everyone featured. I write memoir geared to everyone even though I’m Italian American and write about single life in corporate America, Manhattan and family stories. http://www.Geraldeena.com.
I just found this site. I missed it by one day. Is there any way I can get a copy of the tele summit?
When and where can I access the recording of this telesummit? I’m looking forward to listening to all of it! Thanks!