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  • 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...

  • Louise DeSalvo—Memoir and Healing

    Louise DeSalvo—Memoir and Healing

    It’s always exciting to talk with an author you’ve admired for many years.  Louise DeSalvo is the author of five memoirs, a scholarly book about Virginia Woolf, Writing as Way of Healing and several other books that explore the lives and works of literary giants like...

  • Tips To Defeat the Inner Critic as you Write Your Memoir

    Tips To Defeat the Inner Critic as you Write Your Memoir

    7 Tips To defeat the inner critic that comes up in the Muddy Middle of Your Memoir--we all get stuck in the middle of our memoir--but there are many ways to escape the critic voices that slow you down. Learn how in this blog post by the founder of the National Association...

  • 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...