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  • Your Memoir as a Movie

    Your Memoir as a Movie

    Do you love movies? To me, there’s nothing so satisfying as sitting down to immerse myself in a new story. The first few moments need to capture my attention so I can’t look away. I make sure my tea is nearby, and that my kitties are ready to settle down on my lap. Once...

  • For Don and Bruce, Who Died Because They Were Different

    For Don and Bruce, Who Died Because They Were Different

    I’ve been teary today as I watched the crowd gather at the Supreme Court, as I watched people celebrate all over the United States, as I listened to President Obama speak about this momentous day where the law finally affirms full respect of LGBT people. I find myself...

  • Celebrate the Healing Power of Words during Mental Health Awareness Week

    Celebrate the Healing Power of Words during Mental Health Awareness Week

    This is “Mental Health Week.” It amazes and pleases me to see that there is a week set aside in our culture where we’re invited to celebrate health of the mind. In contrast to the fifties when I grew up, nowadays we’re informed about things that previously could not...

  • Is Writing a Memoir on Your Bucket List? Free webinar June 1!

    Is Writing a Memoir on Your Bucket List? Free webinar June 1!

    Is Memoir on Your Bucket List? If so, let this be the year you make it happen! This free 1-hour is a celebration of the memoir phenomenon, and an exploration of why now is a fantastic time to start and/or finish your memoir...

  • Letters from My Mother—A Mother’s Day Story

    Letters from My Mother—A Mother’s Day Story

    Until my mother died, I tried to get her to claim/love me. When I was twenty, she’d made it clear that no one in Chicago where she lived knew that she had a daughter, and I was not to call her mother—thus the title of my memoir. I loved my mother despite her rejections...

  • Three Stages of Memoir Writing–Free Presentation hosted by Nina Amir

    Three Stages of Memoir Writing–Free Presentation hosted by Nina Amir

    Linda Joy Myers is speaking for Nina Amir’s Nonfiction Writers University March 17, 3 PM PST focusing on one of the most challenging parts of writing a memoir: the Muddy Middle!The Muddy Middle—this is where you wrestle with truth, the inner critic, family and how to...

  • Retreat and Reflection to Start the New Year

    Retreat and Reflection to Start the New Year

    Committing ourselves to an ongoing practice of inner listening enhances our creativity. There is so much stimulation in our lives now—TV screens, tablets, phones, loud musak in every store—it's hard to tune out so much noise. The challenge in "everyday" life is to find...

  • Curing the “Shoulds”—Write What You Love

    Curing the “Shoulds”—Write What You Love

    I’m always curious about what the antidote is to those times when we are unable to write, when it seems the words and ideas have dried up, when it’s better to binge-watch “Homeland” or “Outlander” or “The Good Wife.” I recently came upon one of these...

  • What is the Voice of Your Inner Critic–Nasty or Nice?

    What is the Voice of Your Inner Critic–Nasty or Nice?

      When we talk about our inner critic, do we understand where it comes from? Or do we assume that it comes with being born into the world? So many writers and artists talk about their inner critic, which I find helpful in normalizing that inner, irritating voice of...

  • Memoir Writing Is Not an Act of War

    Memoir Writing Is Not an Act of War

    Find your voice, write it all out. Don't hold back. Break out of your silence. Tell it like it was and if it was ugly, tell it true. It will hurt for a while, but then it will feel better. It has already been hurting you for too long, but first you get all that stuff out...