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How to Win a Memoir Writing Contest

Having judged several writing contests in the last couple of years, I find myself wanting to share how to avoid the common things that make a judge put your piece in the “no” pile, or even the maybe pile, and select others as winners.
There are two factors in how contests are judged—and the first one […]

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Memoir Writing and Ethics

As you bring your memoir into the world to share it with family and friends or to publish it, ethical issues arise that need to be resolved. Think about the issues that concern you after you have written a few drafts of your family stories. Did you reveal any family secrets, or expose any subjects […]

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The San Francisco Writing Conference 2009

I enjoyed the wonderful scene at the San Francisco Writing Conference held at the Mark Hopkins hotel on Nob Hill. There were uniformed doormen, crystal chandeliers, and 400 writers, authors, and agents, milling about. What a scene of excited and happy writers! There were so many workshops, and such energy as people worked on their […]

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Newsletter – January 2009

Happy New Year! Most of us think of the New Year as a time of new beginnings. We have been hibernating against long cold nights, or days of wind, snow, and rain. Even in California, our winter, though mild, invites contemplation. The stark emptiness of landscapes without leaves is striking. We can learn from this paring away of excess, a…

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February 19, 2009 NAMW Teleseminar featuring Verna Dreisbach: How to Create a Winning Platform

[ February 19, 2009; 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. ]

Please join us in our next teleseminar this 19th of February featuring Verna Dreisbach of Dreisbach Literary Management for the following topic: “How to Create a Winning Platform”

Verna Dreisbach is a literary agent and an award winning published author who has been featured in books, literary journals, magazines, and newspapers. Currently, she is working […]

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Don’t Call Me Mother

Linda Joy Myers’ compassionate, gripping, and soul-searching memoir tells the story of three generations of daughters who long for their absent mothers, yet unwittingly recreate a pattern that she was determined to break. Accompany Linda as she uncovers family secrets, finds solace in music, and begins her healing journey. Learn how she transcends the prison of childhood to discover light in the darkness of strife, abuse, and undiagnosed mental illness.

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Becoming Whole: Write the Story You’ve Always Wanted to Write

Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story is written by therapist and prize-winning author, Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D. Myers brings her expertise as a therapist and memoir coach to the page, offering solutions to everyone who wants to write her story. How much truth to tell, how to leave a legacy without upsetting the family, and how to keep writing despite the inner critic are discussed, with creative solutions offered.

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Newsletter – June 2008

Then followed that beautiful season… Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Wonderful Times at the Journal Conference in Denver! I never liked flying over the Rockies before, but this time the plane was steady and whisked us…

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