• Write a Memoir

    Finding the Heart of Compassion for Family.

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  • Your Memoir As A Movie

    The Necessary Elements to Weave a Good Story.

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  • Tips to Defeat Your Inner Critic

    As You Write Your Memoir.

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Journey of Memoir | The Three Stages of Memoir Writing

Journey of Memoir–The Three Stages of Memoir Writing is a workshop in a book. If you are writing a memoir, you know that you have begun a journey that begins with flickering memories and moments and develops into powerful stories that make your readers enter a world they never knew before your story brought them there. The memoir writers I work with struggle with how to begin–Stage One. How to develop their story–Stage Two. And what to do with it once they have finished the first draft–Stage Three. What stage are you right now with your memoir?     Praise for Journey of Memoir Memoir

Write Your Memoir in Six Months

Write Your Memoir in 6 Months is a coaching program tailored to help you write your first draft in six months—60,000 words, 10,000 words per month–and learn the skills and tools that help you structure, write, and publish your memoir. The program is designed and offered by two experienced memoir coaches: Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFT, the president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the author and editor of four books, and Brooke Warner, the founder of Warner Coaching Inc. author of What’s Your Book?, and the publisher of She Writes Press. She is an equal advocate for traditional and self-publishing.

National Association of Memoir Writers

  Are you writing a memoir? At my other site—The National Association of Memoir Writers—you can find a wealth of support, resources, and a community of memoir writers. Through the benefits at NAMW, you will learn how to begin and develop your stories into a publishable memoir, whether in essay form, a book, a family legacy, or a blog. You receive three free e-Books about craft, access to over 120 audios with experts in writing, marketing, publishing, and access to the Member-Only teleseminars live on the phone each month. At these live events, you can ask questions about your own work and get advice! Free

Happy New Year—it’s 2017! I like to begin the year, not exactly with a list of resolutions, but with ways to feel inspired. For many, it was a tempestuous fall season with the election and a lot of emotions that were stirred up by national and international events. Many of my writing friends told me that they comforted themselves with their creative passions, that they threw themselves into their writing as a way to create something positive that made them feel good. Writing is a way to cope with the past and the present, a way to meditate on what has meaning to us, andRead More →

I just returned from a retreat sponsored by She Writes Press, an event offer by my publisher in gorgeous Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brooke Warner, my co-teacher for the Write Your Memoir in Six Months course for the last five years, is also the publisher for SWP. The amazing stark landscape of Arizona with its cacti, road runners, and cottontail bunnies on the trails, nurtured us with its beauty as we worked on being authors, becoming authors. Trusting that we are good enough and powerful enough to be authors—sound familiar? At the retreat, Brooke gave a workshop that challenged us about our relationship toRead More →

We all have a story to tell, but ah–how to tell it, that’s what keeps us at our desk, scribbling in our notebooks, looking for the scenes and moments that we carry in our hearts. Our job as memoirists is to translate what we know and remember to the page, to put images and wispy memories into language and story. Memoirists sometimes feel they have a story that ought to be easy to tell. After all, we know what happened in our lives and why we want to write about it. But this is where memoir writers struggle. A well-written story is more than “whatRead More →

Visiting the Bronte Sisters - Bolton Abbey ruins

It’s not a place you might have heard of unless you are thinking of literary sites, but that was my plan—to visit a location where “place” was one of the characters in the story. Haworth is three train rides away from London, and you have to get off at Keithley and get a bus or cab into Haworth itself. A lover of landscapes and literature, I wanted to see how where the Bronte sisters lived and what of that place had influenced the Bronte sisters in their books. Writing at a time when they first published under a man’s pseudonym, they created a sensation withRead More →

5 Reasons A Memoir Conference is Good for Your Writing Life

‘Tis the season for writing conferences! As you know, we writers tend to be solitary people—we have to be willing to slave at our desks alone for months and years while we write our book. Some writers are so dedicated to their writing they’re cautious about taking the time away and spending money, but sometimes we get a much needed dose of inspiration and input from taking the time to invest in ourselves as writers. However, there are doubts and questions about such a venture. I already know how to write, so what will I get from a conference that I don’t already know? ARead More →

Truth and Reasons for Writing a Memoir

Recently I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the Bay Area Book Festival. The panel was titled “Why Write Memoir: A Conversation about Truth, Exposure, and the Genre People Love to Hate.” The title shows a perfect combination of the issues that memoir writers struggle with. In every workshop and class I teach, the conversation that brings the most questions and angst has to do with writing the truth, feeling “too exposed,” and writing material that seems to attract pointed criticisms: memoir writers are narcissistic navel gazers, all we do is moan and groan, we see ourselves as victims, and on and on. WhileRead More →

As a writing coach through the years, I’ve often found that women in particular struggle with having a voice—and with feeling empowered to get their work out into the world. I myself spent years battling my inner critic about my own memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, believing that the world would judge a story about three generations of dysfunctional mothers, that it was a domestic story and therefore not important in the world’s eyes. When I started writing, memoir was not a “thing” and fiction was king, so it’s lucky for us memoir writers that the world has shifted to be more welcoming to ourRead More →

Power of Memoir

  We all have stories, as humans we are made of stories. I was eight years old the first time I realized this was true for all of us. I was lying on a feather bed beside my great-grandmother Blanche for the first time. She bewitched me with the stories from her life, the 19th century when she was a midwife, made bread, kept a garden, milked the cows, and fired up her wood cook stove every day, winter and summer. She raised seven children, including the grandmother who was raising me. She was a great ship of a woman lying in that bed, lispingRead More →

Writing a memoir is a powerful act. That is why my book is called The Power of Memoir. The act of remembering, writing, and exploring the deepest reaches of the heart takes courage, and it will change you. Writing a memoir is a way to value yourself and your story, to honor those you have loved and who have loved you. It’s a way to heal, to come to terms with your life, and to leave a tale that others can appreciate. Most memoir writers struggle with reasons for writing their memoir. Their inner critic pops up with, “What a waste of time, who wouldRead More →

    When you are writing a memoir, your childhood comes to life, along with the stories of your family. As the narrator, you shape the story through your own experience, and tell the truth about your life as you experienced it. Most people grow up thinking that our family and childhood was “just the way it was.” Until we share our stories, and learn about the lives of others, we don’t know about the different ways that families live and the challenges that everyone faces. We begin our writing from an internal and subjective place, but when we share our stories in writing groupsRead More →