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  • 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...

  • The Joy of Journaling

    The Joy of Journaling

      As you can see in the photo, I have years of journals to draw from as I write my new memoir about transformation in the 60s and 70s! When I wrote Don’t Call Me Mother, I didn’t use journals, as most of what I had to write about happened long before I...

  • Write Your Memoir Now—Retreat in Connecticut | Oct. 3-5, 2014

    Write Your Memoir Now—Retreat in Connecticut | Oct. 3-5, 2014

    The first Annual National Association of Memoir Writers Retreat, this October in Connecticut, offers that safe community along with the support and expertise of three accomplished memoir writers and teachers. Check the retreat website for more details about program. ...

  • What Memoirists Worry About

    What Memoirists Worry About

    Memoirists know that writing a memoir can be fraught with all kinds of doubts and silencing, from "I’m not that great a writer" to "what will the family say?" We worry about how much to put in, whether to frame scenes with dialogue or not, or if we should name the people...