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  • The Heart and Soul of Memoir Writing—Inspiration and Empowerment to Finish Your Book Linda Joy Myers

    The Heart and Soul of Memoir Writing—Inspiration and Empowerment to Finish Your Book Linda Joy Myers

    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...

  • Storytelling in Memoir

    Storytelling in Memoir

    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...

  • Visiting the Bronte Sisters in Haworth, Yorkshire

    Visiting the Bronte Sisters in Haworth, Yorkshire

    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...

  • 5 Reasons a Memoir Conference is Good for Your Writing Life by Linda Joy Myers

    5 Reasons a Memoir Conference is Good for Your Writing Life by Linda Joy Myers

    ‘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...

  • Conversation on Truth, Exposure, and the Reason We Write Memoir

    Conversation on Truth, Exposure, and the Reason We Write 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...

  • Authoring Your Life—Encouragement to Write Our Stories by Brooke Warner

    Authoring Your Life—Encouragement to Write Our Stories by Brooke Warner

    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...

  • Memoir: The Power of Claiming our Stories

    Memoir: The Power of Claiming our Stories

    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...

  • The Power of Memoir: Finding Your Stories

    The Power of Memoir: Finding Your Stories

    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...

  • Finding the Heart of Compassion for Family—Write a Memoir

    Finding the Heart of Compassion for Family—Write a Memoir

          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...

  • Quilting Your Memoir: Your Turning Points and Timeline by Linda Joy Myers

    Quilting Your Memoir: Your Turning Points and Timeline by Linda Joy Myers

    When you write a memoir, you take on the task of exploring your life and being willing to write with truth and honesty. Writing a memoir is a journey that leads us away from known territory into the unknown and unexplored parts of our lives. We need a map to guide us as we...