Back to School—Zooming 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 3rd to September 5th at midnight, The National Association of Memoir Writers is offering $20 off the cost of an annual membership!
What Made Heavy a Bestselling Memoir
Linda Joy and Brooke explore the unique elements in this 4-week class that make reading Heavy a must-do if you’re writing memoir. They explore on the amazing poetry, style, and unique skills in Kiese Laymon’s luminous and revealing memoir Heavy. Linda Joy and Brooke teach the craft elements that bring readers deeply into Kiese’s life as a young boy, then young man in Mississippi. These elements are specific to Kiese’s palette of skills-and we can all draw from them as we create our own stories on the page. This class will inspire you to take your craft to a new level in your writing!
Class 1; Language—poetry and repetition in memoir
Class 2: Character—find the specific characteristics of a person that makes them unique
Class 3: Reflection—how to go deep into the thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of the protagonist—you!
Class 4: Meaning Making—how do you make sense of the people, events, and yourself in your story?
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 20 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 20 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.