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  Linda Joy Myers—Coach and Mentor for Your Memoir Journey

You’re writing a memoir? That is great news! It’s important to capture the times we lived in and share our stories with others. Where are you on your memoir journey? Perhaps you’ve just begun but are not sure how to proceed? Are you stuck in the Muddy Middle? You might be clear about know what your book is about, but you’re tangled up deciding your theme and structure.

As the author of two memoirs–Don’t Call Me Mother-A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness and Song of the Plains–A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence I know what it’s like to wrestle with writing about the past, facing the tough stories, writing about trauma, and working to stop the inner critic voices.

As a therapist for forty years, I have listened to many stories, and the process of examining, uncovering, voicing, and coming to terms with the past is powerful and important. I also found that talking is different from writing. When we write, things tumble out through our fingers we didn’t know that we remembered, and we aren’t shaping what comes out for anyone else. This is just us writing, alone with ourselves and our memories.

It helps to have a supportive coach in the process of digging into who you are and what has happened in your life. A coach helps you with creating the structure of your book, learning the craft of writing, and finding out how to create and publish a book length work.

I have been coaching memoir writers for thirty years, and teaching with Brooke Warner for twelve years in our Write Your Memoir in Six Months program. We find that many people need to learn the craft of story writing. Many good writers come to us from academia or other professions. Writing a memoir means learning how to create a story where the reader feels what you felt and walks in your shoes. Celebrates with you and is engaged in seeing how you transformed by the end the story.

Writers come to me with questions like these:

  • What will my family say about me writing a memoir?
  • There are so many memories–how much can I include?
  • How can I figure out the structure of my memoir?
  • Will anyone else be interested in my story?
  • Are there rules and guidelines I need to know to write a memoir?

To get your memoir done, you need:

  • Help in deciding the focus and sub-genre of your memoir–is it travel, survival, addiction, healing, or a spiritual memoir? There are dozens of potential topics and themes.
  • To decide what your memoir is about. What are the primary themes that develop throughout the arc of your story?
  • Feedback to develop your skills—story structure, scenes, dialogue, tone, and voice. Choosing tenses, developing characters, and deciding how the book ends.
  • Help with navigating the writing world, from writing and editing to publishing and marketing.

Most of my coaching clients are memoirists, but I also work with fiction and self-help. I have published both memoir and nonfiction, and I know what it takes to go from idea to published book. Last year my first novel was published—The Forger of Marseille, a historical fiction novel that has garnered some faithful readers.

Whether you have the seed of your story or are ready for feedback on your work, I can help you develop your writing and learn the skills that get you to successful publication.

The best way to learn to write is through apprenticeship. A mentor/coach guides you learn new skills and offers accountability and professional level feedback.

When we agree to get started, you may send up to 3000 words per hour session. A session is divided into a 1/2 hour reading time and a 1/2 hour phone call to discuss your work and your questions about the feedback which you receive before the session. Scene by scene and chapter by chapter, you will get your book done. Accountability helps!

As your writing coach, I will:

  • Teach the craft elements you need to write a compelling memoir.
  • Set deadlines and accountability.
  • Offer detailed feedback on each piece–what is working well and what you need to develop further.
  • Assist you with the editing and publishing process.
  • Send you articles, links, and resources to help you develop your skills.

 

How Does Coaching Work?
A coaching session is divided between a half-hour of reading/editing and a half-hour of one-on-one discussion of your work by phone. During our appointment, we discuss things like story structure, your audience, and what readers will learn from your story. Sometimes memoirists need emotional support to get through writing about the painful times. Drawing upon my years of experience as a therapist, I can help you write through these challenges so you can make forward progress.

Wherever you are in your writing journey, I can help you figure out how to write a memoir that will offer meaning and substance to your readers. Your story is unique, and I know how much courage it takes to get it done. I look forward to learning more about you and your story and will help you get your memoir out into the world!

 

Need to Purchase Coaching? 
If you are already one of Linda Joy’s coaching students and just want to purchase more coaching sessions, please scroll below to the payment options. If you have not had a coaching session with Linda Joy yet, it is important that you fill out her coaching interest form and speak to her personally before making a coaching purchase.  

 

Linda Joy Myers founded the National Association of Memoir Writers in 2008. She is the author of the 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.

Memoir Coaching Packages

 Single Session–$175

You can submit up to 3000 words for this session. I will read, comment, and return it to you before our call. Craft, structure, theme, and exploration of your story’s meaning are examined.

Three sessions–$510

You set the agenda—let me know what kind of in-depth feedback you need and we will address it, and more. What are the issues where you need the most help? Send up to 3000 words for each session.

Six Sessions–$1020

In these six sessions, you will progress through several thousand words, developing your skills and structure along the way. We look at the craft of writing a memoir and talk about the process–emotionally and mentally. Ongoing sessions keep you on track and offer ongoing accountability. With accountability, you will finish your book!