At The National Association of Memoir Writers, we believe in the power of memoir writing!
Writing a memoir is a powerful way to find your voice, tell your story, and reach out to the larger world with who you are. It’s a process of mining memories and discovering the most meaningful stories. Through the benefits offered at NAMW, we help writers feel empowered with purpose and energy to begin and develop their stories into a publishable memoir, whether in essay form, a book, a family legacy, or a blog. NAMW founder, Linda Joy Myers, has taught memoir writing for many years, and has written two memoirs and three books on memoir writing.
Focused on the Needs of Memoir Writers
Memoir Authors Online
NAMW provides online events to support memoir writers and connect you with published memoir authors, who are blazing a trail in the memoir writing field.
Keys to Memoir Success
With 10 years under our belt, we’ve developed a wealth of resources to support memoir writers, both new and experienced, in honing their craft.
Learn and Grow
One of our primary missions at the National Association of Memoir Writers is to help our members learn to structure memories into published, well-crafted memoirs.
Connect and Share
Through telesummits, roundtables and more, we provide our members with a variety of forums to connect and share with others who are working on memoirs.
The Home for Memoirists
Through the benefits offered at NAMW, we help writers feel empowered with purpose and energy to begin and develop their stories into a publishable memoir, whether in essay form, a book, a family legacy, or a blog. We offer over 80 audios of live member teleseminars, several free eBooks, and discounts on workshops and writing craft tools and products. Serious memoir writers and novices alike depend on NAMW to guide them through their writing and publishing process.
- Join the Community
- Laser Focused Group Coaching
- Learn Online
- Become a Featured Member!
- The Expert Series
Join a community that understands the power of memoir – from craft needs to the healing process of writing your life’s experiences.
Start with Free monthly Live Member events on Zoom. From the comfort of your home, you can call in to talk with a variety of experts about memoir writing, the process and the craft. You can learn about creating your plot from dreams and memories, the psychology of memoir writing, how to write the truth and still be invited for the holidays, the healing power of writing, and much more. These teleseminars are an $800 value and are included at no additional charge to members of NAMW. During these Member Events, our members learn about the important elements in memoir writing. Inspirational, instructive, and valuable teaching that help you begin, develop, and complete your memoir. Check out our Member Event page for an up to date listing of confirmed monthly teleseminars!
Networking opportunities with other memoir writers. We want you to be able to share your successes, news, and stories with others. Our mission is to help you connect with other memoir writers for support, education, and inspiration. Membership benefits also include access to contests, grants, agents and publishers as well as exposure to cutting-edge news and information about the memoir-writing field.
Access our Members Only Facebook Group If you want to share how your writing life is going, you can tell us more on our Facebook page. This space will help you to connect with other members, share your story ideas and progress, and talk about the skills you need to write and publish your memoir. The NAMW Members Only Facebook Group is visible and accessible only to NAMW members.
– a $595 value
Members receive this special benefit to join president Linda joy Myers in an intimate laser coaching setting.
- Each month, members sign up to get the exclusive audio recording of the meeting for their archives. You know how hard it is to remember a conversation while you’re in it? This way, you can listen over and over again to the insights and remember how the hive mind comes up with creative new ideas–about titles, structure, theme, plot, and characterization skills in your memoir.
- Laser coaching focuses quickly on the problem and looks for a solution and resources.
- Everyone benefits from a group call—even if you can’t ask “your” question, you hear the questions and answers from the group.
- You can be at any stage of writing your memoir to get value from this deep dive into the craft and process of writing a memoir.
Group coaching helps connect the NAMW community.
The NAMW Jumpstart Your Memoir Questionnaire. This questionnaire helps you to focus on the meaning, themes, and structure of your story. Using this tool, you will discover the title, turning points, and affirmations that will keep you writing and help you conquer your inner critic
The NAMW Newsletter sent to you monthly via email. Keep up with the happenings in the memoir world through our monthly newsletter. Stay tuned for featured members, member news, articles, and stories from other members.
Access to Downloadable recordings of our Monthly Memoir Writing Roundtables and Previous Day-Long Telesummits. This list of an additional audio recordings grows monthly and is available to our members for immediate download! A $120 value.
Special Member Discounts for Workshops, Online Classes, and Webinars NAMW members get exclusive discounts for each workshop and class offering at the National Association of Memoir Writers. Workshops have included Begin Your Memoir, Spiritual Autobiography and Healing Memoir, Memoir and Plot and others by experts in memoir writing.
A PDF download of The NAMW E-book: Memoir Writing as a Healing Journey by Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D. Many memoir writers find that writing a personal history helps to integrate past and present, and gives them a new perspective about their lives. This book discusses the important research of Dr. James Pennebaker and other researchers that show how writing heals both body and soul, and makes a case for free expression and the wisdom of healing the past through writing the truth. Memoir Writing as a Healing Journey helps you with the journey of memoir writing, from how to get started to taming the inner critic. You will learn to how to make the transition from memory to memoir, and soon have many small stories or vignettes. There are powerful writing invitations to help you bypass your critic, and stories by other writers to encourage your path. You will find out that writing the truth is freeing and can be done without alienating the family. A $30 value.
- Dazzling Descriptions: Selected Blog Posts from the Heart and Craft of Life Writing an E-book by Sharon Lippincott
Sharon Lippincott is a NAMW Advisory board member. Learn more about Sharon by clicking here A $20 value. E-Book by Jerry Waxler On Becoming a Writer Jerry’s eBook guides the beginning writer through the early stages of writing and creating a memoir. He draws from his book The Four Elements for Writers–Earth, Fire, Air and Water as metaphors for the creative process. A $20 value.
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For Advanced Writers As Well
Start with memoir writing experts featured in our telesummit audio recordings.
Start Your Memoir Journey Today
Join NAMW today and get access to all the experts and online learning resources
to help you along your journey as you capture memories and write your story!