How to Write Your Life Story or Memoir (and Get Your Work Critiqued!)

If you’re interested in writing life stories or a memoir, we have a special webinar guest coming up. Linda Joy Myers is the president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and she is sharing her tips at her webinar, “How to Write Your Life Story or Memoir,” on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. She is also critiquing pages from each attendee!



The webinar is called How to Write Your Life Story or Memoir: Exploring Truth, Memory, and Craft. This is a 90-minute webinar that goes down at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 1 year, so even if you can’t see the webinar live, you can see the recorded version afterward and still get your work critiqued. Sign up here.

4 Reasons to Attend:

1. Linda is a memoir pro. Besides having her own memoir published, Linda is the president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and has even written a book on life story writing. She knows how to craft a compelling tale and is full of memoir wisdom.

2. Get a critique of your work. All registrants are invited to submit a vignette of 500 words or fewer in advance of the event. All submissions will receive a personal quick critique.

3. Free download of The Power of Memoir. All attendees will be given a free PDF download of The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story by Linda, following the event!

4. Ask questions! Linda will be addressing your questions in real time, so if you have questions about troublesome issues such as writing about your relatives, she can help.

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  • How to create a hook and theme—in other words: how to make your story stand out from other memoirs that editors and agents review
  • Ways to think about truth and memory, family, and legal issues that block your writing; how to find your theme and focus your story for your audience.
  • Create a timeline, write vignettes, and choose the most important part of your story—the turning points.
  • The reasons why you need scenes and a narrative arc.
  • Why you need to draw upon fictional techniques, such as sensual details, point of view, scenic structure, and vivid descriptions to craft a great story.
  • How to research the parts of your story that you’re not sure about



Linda Joy Myers is the president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and an expert in memoir, life story, and the topic of writing as a transformational journey. She has written three books—The Power of Memoir, released by Jossey Bass, an award-winning memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, and Becoming Whole: Writing your Healing Story, a ForeWord book of the year finalist. Follow her at

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