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Back to School—always virtually at NAMW!

The National Association of Memoir Writers invites you to join us for a special sale—and bonuses that will inspire you to write your memoir.

From September 4th to September 6th at midnight, The National Association of Memoir Writers is offering $20 off the cost of an annual membership!


$149 $129


$139 $119

The Back to School season always makes me think about the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, and getting that new school outfit. I’ve always loved jumping into new classes and shopping for new pens and notebooks. Some of us keep those habits as we grow up! How about you? My new notebook is ready for more stories, and my new pen makes it fun to write by hand. 

The crisp scent of autumn starts a season of new beginnings as the year turns towards winter. It’s a time to refocus and reset goals and return to your writing projects.    

Here at NAMW, we offer many opportunities to learn about the journey of writing your story, publishing, and marketing. Experts like Grant Faulkner—leader of National Novel Writing Month in November, Lynda Monk, Sue William Silverman, Jerry Waxler, Sandra Beckwith, Kay Adams, Julie Metz, Laura Davis, and Brooke Warner have been guests for our Member Events now offered on Zoom.   

New authors and writers like you, discuss their writing journey at our monthly Virtual Book Club—also on Zoom. And our Group Coaching meetings each month invite you to gather with other memoirists and talk about your themes, challenges, and progress. You’ll get advice and support from me and the group, and make new writing buddies. 

When you become a member, you have access to the downloadable audios and now videos of our events—more than 100 are in our archives. So we are going to KICKSTART our fall learning with a sale on our annual membership at the National Association of Memoir Writers! 

If you’re working on your memoir, and want to learn craft, get inspired, and have accountability for your progress, please join us. We are eager to support you to get your memoir written and published.

To celebrate new beginnings, NAMW is offering $20 off the cost of annual membership and renewals from Saturday September 4th through Monday September 6th!  New NAMW Memberships are  $149 $129 and renewals are $139 $119.  Current and lapsed members are encouraged to take advantage of this sale! 

If you’re still unsure about joining, here are a few great reasons why it pays to be a NAMW member:

FREE access to Live Monthly Member Events and FREE downloadable recordings of over 100 archived recordings.

Free downloadable recordings of our past Telesummits, with valuable topics such as From Story to Sold! Becoming a Successful Memoir Author, Truth and Transformation, The Power of Story, Breaking Silence.

Special Member Discounts for workshops, online classes, and webinars

The NAMW e-Book: Memoir Writing as a Healing Journey by Linda Joy Myers.

Breaking Silence–Writing Your Truth in Memoir–an eBook with discussions by Amy Ferris, Amy Friedman, Linda Joy Myers, Sue William Silverman, and Brooke Warner.

All members of NAMW are invited to sign up for the once a month laser Group Coaching sessions with Linda Joy Myers.

Opportunities to share your successes and new publications with other memoir writers and ask questions on our NAMW Members-Only Facebook group.

Special Bonuses!

“What Made The Glass Castle a Bestseller?”

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 

Walls’s book opened the door for memoirists writing about dysfunctional family dynamics and dark childhoods. If you are writing about your youth, this book offers critical lessons about how to write dispassionately, and how to stay true to the age of the “you” narrator as your reader grows up alongside you in your memoir. The Glass Castle offers lessons for any memoirist, and particularly those writing coming-of-age stories, or darker transformational memoir. 

This four-session course examines memory and writing dark truths; structure and takeaway; Voice of Innocence vs. Voice of Experience; and themes.

E-book: Breaking Ground on Your Memoir

In Breaking Ground on Your Memoir, Linda Joy Myers (President of the National Association of Memoir Writers) and Brooke Warner (Publisher of She Writes Press) present from the ground up—from basic to advanced—the craft and skills memoirists can draw upon to write a powerful and moving story, as well as inspiration to write, finish, and polish their own story.

Full of rich insights and practical advice and strategies, Breaking Ground on Your Memoir offers all the tools writers need to write a powerful, publishable memoir.

In this book you will discover:

  • How to get focused on what your memoir is about—your themes.
  • How to build the structure of your story.
  • Techniques to make your memoir come alive.
  • The secrets of craft: how to write a great scene, colorful and memorable descriptions, narration, and flashback.
  • How to connect with your reader using through-threads and takeaway so they’ll keep turning the pages, and learn something about their own lives by reading your book.

Drawing for Free Consultations with Memoir Experts

Two 30 minute coaching sessions with Linda Joy Myers 

We can discuss whatever is on your mind: how to start your story, writing about family, how to figure out structure and theme, and more—you choose!

Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFT, is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her first memoir, Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award and the IndieExcellence Awards, and a BAIPA Gold Medal award winner. Her memoir Song of the Plains was a finalist in the Best Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole, her prize-winning fiction, nonfiction, and memoir pieces have been published in literary journals. She is co-author with Brooke Warner of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir,  and The Magic of Memoir. Linda Joy has been a therapist for over 40 years, where story is part of the healing process. A memoir coach for two decades, Myers helps people dive deep into writing their truths while crafting a publishable story. Find her at www.namw.org.

Two 30 minute coaching sessions with Jerry Waxler

Jerry Waxler has offered to provide a free half hour session to help you strengthen your story, or develop your strategies, or address any other issue that you feel would help you keep going towards translating your life into a story. Jerry’s book is part of our free bonuses for NAMW members. He’s warm, welcoming, and loves talking about memoir.     


$149 $129


$139 $119

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