NAMW Member Telseminar with Jerry Waxler
January 24,2014 11 AM PST 12 MST 1 CST 2 EST
We are so happy to welcome back Jerry Waxler, an NAMW board member and veteran teacher of memoir writing in his community of Philadelphia, and here at the National Association of Memoir Writers. Jerry is going to teach his specialty workshop in creating story in February, but you can get a taste of what he will present here in this special member teleseminar.
When you remember your past, your memories meander, occurring in random order, leading in no particular direction. As a memoir writer, your goal is to fit the facts into the shape of a compelling and satisfying story. In this teleseminar, Jerry Waxler will help you achieve your writing goals by describing the arc of a story, and offer tips and examples to show how to apply these universal principles to your own unique journey. Come join the call to ask about your own story challenges.
For further instruction, sign up for Jerry’s four-session teleclass on this subject.
What you will learn from the teleseminar
- Why readers expect your memoir to follow the story structure
- What a universal story structure is
- Why different situations require a unique approach
- How the theme of your memoir could suggest your own approach
- How reading memoirs offers examples to help you write your own
Examples of memoirs with a variety of structures
Linda Joy Myers, Don’t Call me Mother (coming of age)
Cheryl Strayed, Wild (young adult. Externally it’s about a hike. Internally it’s about growing)
Sonia Marsh, Freeways to Flipflops (Midlife of a family. Their trip to Belize combines travel with personal development.)
David Berner, Accidental Lessons (Trying to reinvent himself later in life)
Boyd Lemon, Digging Deep (A story structured as a life review)
Martha Stettinius, Dementia Epidemic (the journey of caregiving for a failing mother)
Jerry Waxler, M.S., is an experienced memoir workshop leader and a member of the advisory board for the National Association of Memoir Writers. His blog contains hundreds of essays, interviews and book reviews about reading and writing memoirs. His book Memoir Revolution offers insights into the cultural trend and personal benefit of writing memoirs. Jerry teaches nonfiction writing at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Writing Conference.
Book: Memoir Revolution
I will attend. Phyllis Langton
Yippee! I need this one!
I love this guy’s take on the memoir. Is there some way I can see this again as a teleseminar or will it just be a recording if I tune in later?
This teleseminar recording will be available to all NAMW members after the event takes place.
Please send me the link to the recording. I won’t be able to listen in today. I am very interested in Jerry Wexler’s talk. Thank you
Susan Darvas, member
I don’t see a way to sign up for the teleseminar, just for the class… ?
When you say to sign up, do you mean just leave a message here? Or is there a different way? I’m planning to attend. Jumping into my NAMW membership with both feet!
If you’re a Member, then you’re already signed up! Our email broadcast went out to everyone, Members included.
I’m confused. I’m not sure I am a member.
Am I a member?
If not, how do iI sign up.
You are not a member yet, but we’d love to have you! You can sign up here: https://www.namw.org/please-register-for-membership-2/
You are not a member yet. To join, please go here: https://www.namw.org/please-register-for-membership-2/. Once you are a member, you will have access to all teleseminars as well as many other benefits.
Count me in!
I’ve been waiting for this one.
Will there be a recording of the seminar which we can access in case that we are not able to join the live presentation?
A recording will go out to all Members after the event via email.
I soul like to sign up for Jan 24.
Our January 24th event is a Members teleseminar. As long as you are a member, you will receive an email with call information. If not a member, I highly encourage you to join! You can learn more here: https://www.namw.org/become-a-member/namw-benefits/
Sounds good…i’ll be there…
I couldn’t find a place to sign up for this. Will it be available for download later?
It’s a member teleseminar, so if you are a member, you will get the recording!
I tried for over 30 minutes to connect to this teleconference with no luck.
I’ve waited to sign up for Jerry’s class, partly because I wanted to hear this call.
Did anyone else have difficulty?
So sorry you missed it! You were the only one to report technical difficulties.
Oops! Sorry to miss this in person but please send me the recording. I’ve taken Jerry’s course before and he’s wonderful! Thanks much, Paula
Darn it! I put it down as 2pm Pacific Time. I just waited on the phone for a few minutes before discovering I missed it. Shoot! Guess I’ll have to listen to it instead. Hope it was great!