Coaching for Writers

What is Coaching for Writers?

Most people who ask me to coach them are writing a memoir, but I also help writers who are writing non-fiction/self-help, and fiction writers. I have been published in all three genres, and know what it takes to go from idea to published book. Learning to write is an apprenticeship, and it helps to have a mentor/coach to guide you to write the best book you can. Each genre has its tools and skill sets, and if you learn these as you are writing, you will more quickly be able to get your book done and out into the world.

Where are you in your writing life?

  • Do you have ideas, story seeds, and memories that have meaning for you–but you aren’t sure what to do with them all?
  • Do you wonder whether you should write your family stories in memoir or fiction?
  • Have you always wanted to write a book, but aren’t sure how?
  • Do you wonder if you should write a book with a long narrative arc, or a series of short memoir pieces?

There are many ways to explore personal stories, life writing, memoir, and autobiographical fiction. Writing a memoir is a deeply emotional and powerful task– inspiring on  one hand and a little overwhelming on the other. To write a memoir you have to draw from your memories and their meaning, decide the focus of your book, and juggle the emotional challenges of revealing private stories in public.

A memoir is often a writer’s first book. You have to figure out the story you want to tell, and learn how to structure a book, and make it valuable to your readers.

Having been a writer and editor for over 15 years, I can help you become a writing professional, and create success for your book and yourself as an author.

I help you to:

  • Develop your story writing skills
  • Learn what makes a good story great
  • Create a deadlines so you are motivated to get your work done
  • Give you feedback to keep you learning about the craft of writing a book
  • Give you publishing and editing tips


Contact me for a complimentary sample session to discuss your work and how I can help you.

 To find out more or to sign up, please go here: How Coaching Works.

About Linda Joy Myers

Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., is the president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, & Co-President of the Women’s National Book Association, SF. Passionate about memoir writing, she’s the author of Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness; The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, and a workbook The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing  Linda Joy co-teaches the program Write your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner, and is a speaker, coach, and online memoir teacher. Many of her students have gone on to publish their memoirs.  Linda has won prizes for fiction, memoir and poetry: First Prize, Jessamyn West Fiction Contest; Finalist, San Francisco Writing Contest for Secret Music, a novel about the Kindertransport; First Prize, poetry, East of Eden Contest, and First Prize Carol Landauer Life Writing Contest. The first edition of her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother won the BAIPA Gold Medal award in 2005.