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Truth or Lies in Memoir

  • 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...

  • Joy Castro Interview–on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir

    Joy Castro Interview–on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir

    Joy Castro Interview--on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir--Interview with Linda Joy Myers and Joy Castro about writing truth in memoir--and dealing with the consequences with family and friends. Part of National Association of Memoir Writers series on memoir...

  • Facing the Truth

    Facing the Truth

    Facing the Truth as You Write Your Memoir In my coaching, writers tell me they are afraid the past will come rushing out without permission--and soon find out that what they intend to write is not always what emerges. Sometimes our writing takes us past the barred gates...

  • Beth Kephart and I in Conversation about Memoir

    Beth Kephart and I in Conversation about Memoir

        Linda Joy Myers and Beth Kephart–in conversation about Truth, Life, Memoir, Remembering–and the magic of capturing a moment. This week at our National Association of Memoir Writers member teleseminar, Beth Kephart and I will continue a conversation in...

  • Truth, Lie, Essential Truth—How to Figure out the Ethics of Your Memoir

    Truth, Lie, Essential Truth—How to Figure out the Ethics of Your Memoir

      When we talk about “essential Truth” what do we mean as memoirists? How much room do we have to create scenes, dialogue, and “characters” from the flotsam of memories? What are the “rules” of memoir anyway? Memoirists are always on the firing line...

  • Will My Family Get Angry about My Memoir?

    Will My Family Get Angry about My Memoir?

      Not every memoir writer worries about being on the outs with their family when they write a memoir, but it is something I hear countless writers discussing, and it often casts a shadow on their forward progress. They worry about how much to reveal, and how stories...

  • What is the Truth in Memoir | Can We Really Capture It? | Tune in to Find out

    What is the Truth in Memoir | Can We Really Capture It? | Tune in to Find out

    At the NAMW Telesummit Friday starting at 10 AM PDT, I get to talk with several fantastic authors and teachers. Their books have shaped my thinking toward more creative choices, and pushed me toward using language to carve out even deeper truths. The experts I get to hang...

  • Memoir: Journey of Truth, Craft, and Commitment

    Memoir: Journey of Truth, Craft, and Commitment

      Memoir writing is really hot news day today on the internet, which makes me very happy! Writing well is a journey, and we need our mentors, guides, and wise wizards to guide us.  Every day there is something new to learn, and wisdom bits from writers that spur us on our...

  • Truth or Lie–National Association of Memoir Writers Free Teleconference October 21

    Truth or Lie–National Association of Memoir Writers Free Teleconference October 21

      I’m so excited today! On October 21, I’m going to be hosting the Free Memoir Writing Telesummit over at The National Association of Memoir Writers. What an opportunity—to talk with these writers, teachers, authors, and bloggers who make such a difference in...

  • The Memoir Police

    The Memoir Police

    Okay, the challenge is on, though somewhat tongue in cheek. Ben Yagoda, author of The History ofMemoir, has created a way to measure the “truthiness” in published memoirs. He’s interviewed about his “truth” chart in the Christian Science Monitor.  You...