NAMW February Member Teleseminar
February 23, 2018
11 AM PST | 12pm MST | 1pm CST | 2pm EST
Aspiring memoir writers often fear that revealing secrets will awaken dark aspects of their psyche. These fears can choke off your voice, and leave you stranded with unaddressed regrets, disappointments, or anger–factors that create roadblocks to your writing. They’re also challenges to healing and moving forward in your life.
In this talk, we’ll discuss strategies and attitudes to help you navigate through the landmines of your own fears and explore new ways to forge ahead, crafting your memories into powerful stories.
In fact, breaking through this self-imposed barrier is one of the best reasons for writing a memoir. Once you start to turn your memories into good stories, you will discover the paradox of memoir writing. Instead of separating you from your community, your authentic voice will enhance bonds between you and others. And instead of pulling you back into the past, writing a memoir can make you feel better about your journey into the future.
As the author of your own life, you will be able to gain “author-ity” over your memories, build bridges between then and now, and feel more connected with people who love and respect you.
What you will learn:
- The dilemmas memoir writers face when they begin–secrets and silence
- How shame interferes with your freedom and ways to break out of it
- The inner–and outer–critics–releasing these roadblocks to your creativity
- Learn the value of releasing the past into stories
- Stages of silence to openness
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 a writing coach and therapist, and the author of Memoir Revolution: A Social Shift that Uses Your Story to Heal, Connect, and Inspire, How to Become a Heroic Writer, his own memoir Thinking My Way to the End of the World, and the creator of the Memory Writers Network blog, (https://www.memorywritersnetwork.com/blog) which features over 400 essays, book reviews, stories, interviews, and writing prompts.
Could I have more details about your February 23rd webcast? How much is the cost? Will the audience have time for questions to be answered by the speaker?
Our February 23 teleseminar is our monthly event for members only. The audience does always have time at the end of the presentation to ask the speaker questiones.
You can learn more here about NAMW membership here: https://namw.org/become-a-member/
How do I sign up for the tele seminar if I am already a member?
All members are automatically signed up. You will receive call information later today via email. Please be on the lookout!
I am unable to join this tele seminar. Will it be recorded?
Yes, it will be recorded. All of our members will receive the recording via email early next week.
I’m still not understanding why I don’t find out about these until the last minute. Am I missing something? You indicated before that I am receiving the NAMW emails, but I have no recollection of hearing about this one with Jerry Waxler. When I don’t find out about this until the day before, it is difficult for me to attend the live session. You indicate we will receive call information on February 21 but I am not aware of having done so. Did I somehow inadvertently delete my email? Again, my apologies, but I’m consistently not finding out about these on time.
While our reminder emails always go out the week of the event (typically a few days in advance and then again the morning of), we post the event notice on our home page around a month in advance. Please check there at least once a month so that you can add our memoir events to your calendar in advance.
In follow up to my comment above, I see that I did receive the email on February 21. I retrieved it out of my bin. I did not notice when I opened my email that Waxler was to be presenting.
Thanks for letting us know, Valorie!
There seems no way to join the tele seminar that I can see. Really! Why make this so hard? How do you get on the call? I read all of this yesterday and still see nothing in my email that tells me how to patch in!!!!
I just sent the information to you via email. Additionally, member notices went out earlier this week and this morning via email for the teleseminar.