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A New Memoir Class by Linda Joy Myers
February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5, 12—Tuesdays  
4 PM PST | 5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST

I’ve been talking with memoirists at The National Association of Memoir Writers, and all around in memoirland, and they tell me they want start writing their story, but they start and stop. And then they have to contend with the old voices: how dare you write your truth? What will your family say? You should be ashamed of how you lived your life.

And there is the inner critic: You don’t know enough about writing. Who cares? Your story isn’t unique. (Yes, it is!) You don’t have the skills. You never got good grades in English. You can’t spell.

There are other voices that get in the way. What are yours?

Don’t let those voices take over! Everyone starts writing what weighs on their hearts with uncertainty about how it will develop. Even famous writers wander about a bit looking for how to begin. They do something that we all need to do: they write SOMETHING! Getting started is what matters!

You need to listen to your heart—it’s asking you to write your story and keep going beyond the first few scenes. Everyone benefits from support, encouragement, and craft lessons, a group effort and witnessing.

A guided writing class with a professional author and engaged classmates makes it much more likely that you will in fact begin—and keep going! It’s a journey, not a sprint! And we are there to support you. Mirror back to you the value of your story. You’ll learn new craft skills and enjoy the results.

This spring I’m offering a series of classes geared toward people who are beginning their memoir and those who are returning to their project and for writers who want the camaraderie of a group working on things together and witnessing each other’s efforts. We will do a brief writing in each class and share—with supportive feedback only.

We meet on Zoom, sessions are recorded, and you’ll receive the PDF of the slides so you can keep learning. All writing and sharing is confidential.

The Challenge of Beginnings meets for six weeks.
First class: February 6 at 4 PM PST on Zoom.
Weekly on Tuesdays: February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5, 12 for 1.5 hours.

NAMW Members – $179
Non-Members – $199

 

What you will learn:

  1. We will talk about what your story is about, why you want/need to write it, and write in class. We’ll touch on moments that matter, and if you have other writing, we’ll talk about that, and where you want to start now.
  2. The basics: turning points and moments that matter, timelines. How memory works and how to think about grabbing those moments. How to write freely.
  3. Scenes are the engine that keeps your memoir going. The elements necessary for a good story—sensual details, description, place, time, and significant change. We’ll dig into this!
  4. Narration—who is telling your story? You now, you then? How to decide.
  5. Characters and dialogue—challenging stuff. People you knew, loved and/or hated—how to be free to write your own story from your own point of view.
  6. Structure—what is it? How to imagine it, and also how not to worry too much about it when you are beginning.

 

As part of the class, we’ll do some writing and sharing. This is all about writers helping writers and not about critiques. We will hold a beginner’s mind in this class, which means we are all open to new ideas and processes to help each other write our dream story.

Linda Joy Myers, founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, is the author of award-winning memoirs Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains, and two books on craft The Power of Memoir, & Journey of Memoir. She co-authored Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and Magic of Memoir & co-teaches Write Your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner. A memoir coach for 30 years, she helps writers find their voice and get their story into the world. Linda Joy’s prize-winning first novel, The Forger of Marseille was released in 2023.

 

NAMW Members – $179
Non-Members – $199

 

 

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