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  • 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 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...

  • 6 Things Conscious Writers Need to Know About Memoir Writing

    6 Things Conscious Writers Need to Know About Memoir Writing

    How do you become a conscious and creative writer when you write memoir--and deal with all the questions you have about writing ...

  • The Glass Castle | A Four Week Short Memoir Course

    The Glass Castle | A Four Week Short Memoir Course

    Learn about why The Glass Castle was a best selling memoir in this online course taught by Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers...

  • Marching 4th! Creating my Spiritual Holiday

    Marching 4th! Creating my Spiritual Holiday

        It’s 1966, March 4th, and the snow is silently falling, whispering down onto the deserted University of Illinois campus at 8 AM on a Saturday. The moment captures me in its powerful silence, the snowflakes as large as cars, perfect and whole and individually...

  • The Writing Olympics

    The Writing Olympics

    I felt an aha as I watched skaters lift and soar and skiers fly. As writers we create an alternate world beyond our day to day existence, imaginative spaces where something called Story lives and breathes and takes us away from gravity into another realm. Where magic...

  • Memoir and The Legacy of Mental Illness

    Memoir and The Legacy of Mental Illness

      I spoke with Victoria Costello, author of A Lethal Inheritance at the National Association of Memoir Writers member teleseminar. about the legacy of mental illness. Those of us who come from families with hidden or diagnosed mental illness feel “Other,” the...

  • Tracks to My Heart — Excerpt from Don’t Call Me Mother

    Tracks to My Heart — Excerpt from Don’t Call Me Mother

        The train bisects the blue and the green, parting wheat fields by the tracks. Mommy and I rub shoulders, sitting in the last car, watching the landscape move backward, as if erasing my childhood, all those times when she would board the train and leave me aching for...

  • 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...