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  • 5 Reasons a Memoir Conference is Good for Your Writing Life by Linda Joy Myers

    5 Reasons a Memoir Conference is Good for Your Writing Life by Linda Joy Myers

    ‘Tis the season for writing conferences! As you know, we writers tend to be solitary people—we have to be willing to slave at our desks alone for months and years while we write our book. Some writers are so dedicated to their writing they’re cautious about taking the...

  • Conversation on Truth, Exposure, and the Reason We Write Memoir

    Conversation on Truth, Exposure, and the Reason We Write Memoir

    Recently I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the Bay Area Book Festival. The panel was titled “Why Write Memoir: A Conversation about Truth, Exposure, and the Genre People Love to Hate.” The title shows a perfect combination of the issues that memoir writers...

  • The Power of Memoir: Finding Your Stories

    The Power of Memoir: Finding Your Stories

    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...

  • Celebrating the Motherland–and Happy 4th!

    Celebrating the Motherland–and Happy 4th!

      I just returned from England—you know the country we rebelled from over 200 years ago—and they seem to like us. Every time I spoke, my accent gave me away. “Where are you from in America?” they would ask. “California.” “Oh, I want to go to San Francisco,...

  • Memoir Writers: Write and Build Your Platform Too

    Memoir Writers: Write and Build Your Platform Too

      We hear this term “platform” so often—and many of us are still trying to figure out what it means. It’s actually simple—it means “audience.” The concept of “platform” means that we build our audience in various ways—in person, with friends, community,...

  • Memoir Writing — A Creative Path to Self Awareness

    Memoir Writing — A Creative Path to Self Awareness

      Writing stories heals body and soul, and is a powerful way to change our perspective about the past. Not only that, it’s a creative way to learn about yourself. Dr. James Pennebaker and Joshua Smith published the first research on writing as a way to heal and...

  • Memoir Writing and Creativity in The Year of the Memoir—2012

    Memoir Writing and Creativity in The Year of the Memoir—2012

    By now quite a few people in my networks have heard that I decided to call 2012 The Year of the Memoir. Why did she do that, you wonder. What will we call next year?? More importantly–what is Snoopy writing in HIS memoir? First of all, I trust in the powers of...

  • Memoir IS About You! Free your Voice, Write Your Memoir

    Memoir IS About You! Free your Voice, Write Your Memoir

    After the discouraging, depressing articles about bad memoir writers in the news, we have something good to report from an article in the Huffington Post titled Actually, Memoir IS All About You. How nice to hear that we can write about ourselves and not feel like we are a...

  • Ask an Expert About Agents, Editing, and all things Writerly

    Ask an Expert About Agents, Editing, and all things Writerly

    One of the perks of the writing life is getting to meet other people in the writing world, people who seem to float in the refined atmosphere of writer’s magazines or who wear a nametag that says “editor” or “author,” but really we are all together...

  • Win Memoir Writing Contests–Edit Your Memoir

    Win Memoir Writing Contests–Edit Your Memoir

    When I wrote The Power of Memoir and my own memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, I spent more time editing than writing! For some writers, editing is fun, creative and mind-stretching. Finding the right word, feeling out the best tone for the mood of a piece is like polishing the...