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 Mother, believing that the world would judge a story about three generations of dysfunctional mothers, that it was a domestic story and therefore not important in the world’s eyes. When I started writing, memoir was not a “thing” and fiction was king, so it’s lucky for us memoir writers that the world has shifted to be more welcoming to ourRead More →

Power of Memoir

  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 century when she was a midwife, made bread, kept a garden, milked the cows, and fired up her wood cook stove every day, winter and summer. She raised seven children, including the grandmother who was raising me. She was a great ship of a woman lying in that bed, lispingRead More →

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 those you have loved and who have loved you. It’s a way to heal, to come to terms with your life, and to leave a tale that others can appreciate. Most memoir writers struggle with reasons for writing their memoir. Their inner critic pops up with, “What a waste of time, who wouldRead More →

    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 that our family and childhood was “just the way it was.” Until we share our stories, and learn about the lives of others, we don’t know about the different ways that families live and the challenges that everyone faces. We begin our writing from an internal and subjective place, but when we share our stories in writing groupsRead More →

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 write so we can find our themes and the moments that have meaning, moments that shaped us into who we are. Courage First Being a memoirist is to encounter your brave self. I liken the courage to write a memoir as similar to the pioneers my great-grandmother Blanche would tell meRead More →

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 Henry Miller and D. H. Lawrence. This year The Art of Slow Writing was published, and now a new memoir was just released last month Chasing Ghosts—Memoir of a Father Gone to War. Throughout our lives, there are writers who make us reach—to think and reflect in new ways, who teach us something brand new or offer a perspectiveRead More →

SHADES OF BLUE, Los Angeles I’m excited to join Amy Ferris and other authors for the L.A. launch of her new anthology Shades Of Blue. I’ll be reading my piece from the book, along with Jennifer Pastiloff, David Lacy, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, and Hollye Dexter. The event is sponsored by The Depressed Cake Shop. This is a “This Is My Brave” event.   BARNES & NOBLE AUTHOR EVENTS Panel Discussion with Writers on Suicide/Depression Sunday, November 22nd at 2pm   Barnes & Noble Bookstore 5604 Bay Street. Emeryville, CA   Meet Betsy Graziani Fasbinder & Linda Joy Meyers, contributing authors of Shades of Blue:Writers onRead More →

EMERYVILLE, CA BARNES AND NOBLE Address: Bay Street Emeryville, 5604 Bay St, Emeryville, CA 94608 Phone:(510) 547-0905   I’ll be joining Amy Ferris, editor of Shades of Blue, Brooke Warner, Founder She Writes Press, Author of What’s Your Book? And Hollye Dexter, Fire Season for a panel discussion about using stories to save lives.    Read More →

October 23-25, 2015 Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave, Van Nuys CA Saturday Keynote Luncheon October 24, 12:30 pm The Heart and Craft of Writing a Successful Memoir Ms. Myers will reveal how to dig deep into the truth of your life and examine the essential elements of craft to help you write the best memoir. Bring your heart — your past, your secrets and your challenges — to your work, and draw upon the craft of story to author a memoir that will keep readers turning the page. Sunday workshop Write Your Legacy Memoir You have a story to tell—many stories that youRead More →