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We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving—however you happened to celebrate it this year.

This whole year is a year of unbelievable stories—and we hope you’re taking good care of yourself and your family and friends during this strange time.

It’s a time of contemplation, of reflection about the meaning of our lives and how we can share that meaning with others. Memoir invites us to reflection upon our own lives on a deeply meaningful level—the gift that writing our story gives us.

It’s hard work, true, but so rewarding!

Here at the National Association of Memoir Writers, as we do every year, we celebrate the stories that give meaning to our lives, and offer programs and resources to help you to capture and preserve your special moments.

We love supporting you in your creative writing life to write and publish the stories that help you to offer a legacy and contribute to the conversations and insights of our times—we have to write about these times—this year especially! “Truth is stranger than fiction!”

Every year we offer deep discounts and new benefits for our members—and we hope you can join us for our programs and use our resources to help you on your journey. Read on to learn more about what we’re offering this year. And while you’re shopping, think of how you can start your story today!


We have some new benefits this year for members of the National Association of Memoir Writers that we hope you will enjoy!

This year, new memberships are just $149 $99 and membership renewals are $139 $97.

Our sale begins this Friday, November 27th and will end on Monday, November 30th.

Join or renew your membership during our Cyber Monday Sale and your name will be entered into our drawing. You could win:  

Book: Song of the Plains by Linda Joy Myers

Song of the Plains is a weaving of family history that starts in the Oklahoma plains and spans over forty years as Myers combs through dusty archives, family stories, and genealogy to find out why her family was so fractured. She discovers the secrets that help to explain the wounds in her family, and the ways in which her mother and grandmother found a way not only to survive the great challenges of their eras, but to thrive despite mental illness and abuse. She discovers how decisions made long ago broke her family apart–and she makes it her life’s work to change her family story from one of abuse and loss to one of finding and creating a new story of hope, forgiveness, healing, and love.

Two 30 minute coaching sessions with Linda Joy Myers

Take advantage of one-on-one time with Linda Joy to get your memoir on the right track. Linda Joy Myers is the founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and has been teaching. Memoir for over twenty-five years. A therapist for forty-plus years, Linda weaves a deep understanding of family dynamics and the process of healing with her expertise on craft—finding the moments of meaning that reveal your truth. The author of two prize-winning memoirs, Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains, Linda Joy teaches Write your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner.   

One 30 minute publishing consult with Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (Write-minded with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She currently sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Bay Area Book Festival, and the National Association of Memoir Writers. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly.

Four 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 you feel would help you translate your life into a story. Jerry Waxler teaches about how to use life story writing to awaken self-understanding, and heal from the tyranny of unresolved memory. Jerry’s blog and book Memoir Revolution celebrates this new modality for individual and collective healing. His memoir Thinking My Way to the End of the World is about his struggle to come of age during the chaotic sixties, and just as importantly, it’s about the will to find the story amid the confusing rubble of the past.

Two 30 minute coaching sessions with Carla King on Self-Publishing Your Book

Carla can advise you on anything about self-publishing including tools and services, launch plans, attracting early readers and forming a marketing street team; book formatting and delivery for ARCs and distribution; building your platform with a website, email marketing list, lead magnets, early reader book delivery, and finding media; as well as creating your imprint and doing business as an author-publisher.

When you purchase a new membership or renewal during Cyber Monday, you will also receive:

Audio and transcript of the four session course taught by Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner: Educated.

Why Tara Westover’s EDUCATED is an Education in Memoir Writing and Staying True to Story

It’s the rare memoir that comes along and captures national attention with such intensity. Tara Westover’s Educated was published to rave reviews. It’s the story of a girl born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and her journey to find herself in spite of lifetime trauma and abuse. You’ll appreciate exploring the talent of writing about place, and using imagined scenes to explore the psychology of characters. All of us have to learn how to manage time in our memoir, and we teach the techniques that Tara uses to great effect.

Audio and transcript of four session course taught by Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner: Love Warrior

Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton, has the kind of elements of pain that most memoirists struggle to write. She grapples with addiction, painful insecurities, her husband’s infidelity, maternal overwhelm, her rocky marriage, and questions about her own lack of sex drive. Tackling a single one of these issues is tough; to expose all of them and handle them with care is enormously brave. In this free webinar, memoir experts Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner will address the fears that invariably come up for writers looking to write their deepest truths and expose their most intimate—and often shameful—secrets. This webinar will address the fallouts too—and touch upon how sharing your truth has a way of both leveling everything and setting you free.

Learn to Write Your Memoir in 4 Weeks: A Step by Step Guide to Record the Stories of Your Life a Self-Study Workbook by Jerry Waxler

Here’s a how-to book with 28 “easy” steps to writing your memoir. Jerry Waxler wrote this in 2007 and has been using it in memoir workshops ever since. If you are looking for some simple guidelines to help you make sense of the magnificent journey to tell your story, this brief workbook could help you return to the basics.

My Memoir Organizer Download

The best way to keep track of the stories you are writing is to organize them in a binder where you can read them like a book. Printing out your stories and reading them as they will be seen in book form is a great way to experience all your hard work and experience how others will read your story!

For Cyber Monday, we offer a newly designed cover that can fit into your binder “MY MEMOIR.” This year’s topics include:

  • Childhood memories
  • Roots and Legacies
  • Mother
  • Father
  • Holidays
  • Love and Marriage
  • Houses
  • Secrets and Hidden Truths…
  • and more

You will receive over 90 writing prompts, a timeline, a list of dozens of memoir topics and writing tips to get you started and keep you going to “The End” of your memoir.

This year we are offering an immediate download so you can get started writing right away! Start the year with a way to organize your writing and your new inspirational prompts.

More benefits for being a member include:

Web & Graphic design services

A NEW benefit with our web designer, Sam Baja. Special for NAMW members: discounted rate to build and maintain your author website/ blog.

Exclusive perks

FREE access to Live Monthly Teleseminars and FREE downloadable recordings of over 100 archived Teleseminars

Exclusive recordings

Free downloadable recordings of our past Telesummits, with valuable topics such as “From Story to Sold! Becoming a Successful Memoir Author.” And you get access to some of the experts’ teleseminar transcripts.

Extra discounts

Special Member Discounts for Workshops, Online Classes, and Webinars

Free e-Books

Receive three FREE e-Books on the memoir-writing craft by renowned authors Linda Joy Myers, Sharon Lippincott, and Jerry Waxler.


Exclusive PDFs

PDF download of the NAMW e-Book: Memoir Writing as a Healing Journey by Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D.


Exclusive information

Exposure to cutting-edge news and information about the memoir-writing field

Author support

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

This year, new memberships are just $149 $99 and membership renewals are $139 $97.

Our sale begins this Friday, November 27th and will end on Monday, November 30th.