2014 Memoir Writing Events & Workshops with Linda Joy Myers

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Short Courses in Memoir Writing

Course 1.Breaking Ground on Your Story

March 4- March 25, 2014
Tuesdays, 4 PM PST/7 PM EST (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25)

This four-week course will explore how to think about your memoir like a house you’re building from the ground up. Linda Joy and Brooke will be using the metaphor of building a house to address the following important concepts:


• Time, place, and intention (your foundation)


• Outline, themes, and story-arc (your blueprint)


• Scene, plot, and narration/voice (framing and drywall)


• Sensual details, takeaways, and making the story wholly yours by bringing it alive (decorating)



Course 2. The Craft of Memoir: The Glass Castle–A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer
Tuesdays, 4 PM PST/7 PM EST April 22-May 13 PST

Drawing upon the lessons in reading The Glass Castle, the best selling memoir by Jeannette Walls, this course will look at the structure and craft of memoir writing–creating great scenes, moving through time, flashbacks vs. memory, and keeping your reader engaged. Read the book so you are familiar with it, and then read it again, looking for the craft techniques Walls used to create a winning memoir. Keep in mind the things that don’t work for you in the book–you can learn from them too.



Spring 2014 Workshop with Linda Joy Myers

Writing a Spiritual/Healing Memoir

Thursdays, 3 PM PDT/ 7 PM EDT

Workshop dates: April 3- June 12, 2014

9 Sessions

$390.00 for NAMW members

Includes audios, feedback, and handouts

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott

In this workshop, we silence the noise of everyday life and dig into memories, tune into writing our stories, and learn the skills needed to write a satisfying memoir—to get all the way to “The End.”

It’s important to write freely without worrying about your inner critic or being published just yet—though that may be your ultimate goal. In order to get your memoir done, you need to feed your creative spirit, and have accountability to help get your stories on the page in a first draft. We encourage you to write raw, to get your basic stories out on the page, the ones that have been chasing you!

The workshop:

  1. Send that week’s story to your classmates through email.
  2. Workshop members read and write feedback through email—reflecting on what works; offering feedback about what could be different or clarified.
  3. At class time, we gather by phone to talk about the stories—discussing what comes up as you write, your inner critic, doubts and dreams about your stories, and questions about structure. Find out in person on the call what you want to know from the group to help you continue and develop your work.
  4. I guide the group as if we were in person, offer writing tips, and teach techniques that help you keep writing and learn how to grow as a writer.

 What you get:

1. You write every week!

2. You receive compassionate yet honest feedback about your stories.

3. You learn about the craft of writing, how to write your truths, conquering the inner critic, and how to value your stories.

4. In this group, you are part of a valuable community that honors and cherishes stories.

5. At the end of 9 weeks, you will have several new stories, and feel supported in your memoir writing journey.

6. You will make new writing friends, and feel part of a memoir community dedicated to writing from the heart.


Story Circle Network

 Story Circle Network Memoir Conference       Stories from the Heart

April 11, 2014 Austin, Texas

Preconference Workshop:

The Three Stages of Memoir Writing—From Memory to Memoir

Memoir writers need a roadmap to begin, develop, publish their memoir. Identifying these stages:

  • Kickstart Your memoir
  • The Muddy Middle
  • Birthing your Book

can help you start—and finish—your memoir. We will discuss and use the tools you need to get to the end of a first draft.

Our goals for the workshop:
Memoir writers need to understand the process of writing all the way through to the end of a first draft of a long form memoir. They need to how to structure a memoir, which is one of the weaknesses memoir writers have, and find out what stops them from writing—a place I’ve dubbed “The Muddy Middle.” We will define and problem solve what comes up in the three stages of memoir writing and focus on exercises to develop new skills. The road map will help each writer define and illuminate the places where memoir writers get stuck and give them solutions to they can get to the publishing stage.

In Kickstart, we will do timeline and turning point exercises, and learn how to write scenes, the building blocks of story, In the Muddy Middle we will discuss, truth, writing as healing, the inner and outer critic and do exercises. In Birthing Your Memoir, we will talk about editing, revising, and publishing.

Methods we’ll use to achieve these goals:
Participants will receive handouts about the skills they need to write a memoir, and we will work on the turning point exercise, putting their turning points in the timeline, and writing scenes that weave story with narrative. I’ll draw from the structure of the book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed to show how it is structured and discuss how you can develop a framed memoir like hers.

We will discuss the process of the three stages, and have you define where you are, using the Q&A to get to your specific questions. Writing exercises will offer a hands-on way to proceed with your memoir.  You will come away with the stages of publishing, from essays to eBooks, to hybrid to traditional publishing models.

Benefits participants can expect:
The arc of writing, developing, and publishing a memoir will be addressed with practical solutions that really work, tried and true skills that include craft as well as the psychology of writing a full length work. The group discussion and the writing exercises to be shared will offer support emotionally and with craft skills that you can take home and use. You will come away knowing that others can run into the same challenges and that there are ways to solve them. You will leave with the ability to define the stages where they are writing, locate the stuck places, and work their way through them in the future. You will have two new vignettes as well, and a timeline you can keep building.

You may register for this workshop separately, without registering for the conference. Or you may register for the workshop and conference together.