Write your Memoir Now



If you are thinking about writing your memoir, have 100 pages you’re struggling with, or even an entire completed draft of your book, you owe it to yourself to come to this First Annual memoir workshop retreat sponsored by the

National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW)

Workshop leaders and mentors Judy Mandel, Linda Joy Myers,

and Jerry Waxler



Find the answers to many of your questions and concerns as you work to find your voice, theme, and structure for your book. Discuss your concerns about family members’ reactions with experienced authors who have struggled with the same issues. Work on the most difficult challenges you want to explore in your memoir and learn how to break the silence that has kept you from writing. Find out about the current publishing choices available to you when you finish your manuscript.


If you can’t seem to start writing, this is an opportunity to jump start your memoir . You will come home from this weekend retreat with at least five vignettes for new chapters or scenes to develop that will help you on your memoir journey.


Small workshop groups and one-on-one mentoring sessions by published, award-winning memoir authors Linda Joy Myers (President of NAMW), Jerry Waxler and Judy L. Mandel make this writer’s retreat one you don’t want to miss.


Linda Joy Myers Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and has been a therapist for 35 years in Berkeley, CA.

She’s the award winning author of four books: Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story , The Journey of Memoir and Becoming Whole—Writing Your Healing Story . Don’t Call Me Mother and Becoming Whole were finalists in the ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. She has taught workshops on writing and healing for over 15 years.

Myers was co-editor for another ForeWord finalist Times They Were A’Changing—Women Remember the 60s & 70s . A speaker and award winning author, she co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and offers editing, coaching, and mentoring for memoir, nonfiction, and fiction. www.namw.org .  Blog: http://memoriesandmemoirs.com Linda Joy will talk about breaking silence and the power of vulnerability in writing a memoir.

Judy L. Mandel  Judy Mandel is the award-winning author of Replacement Child – a Memoir , Seal Press, 2013. Her book won the 2014 IPPY silver medal award. She is also a marketing writer who has worked with Fortune 100 companies for over 20 years and now heads Mandel Associates in Newington, CT.

Judy’s essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut LIFE, ASJA Monthly, Complete Wellbeing Magazine , Connecticut Authors and Publishers Newsletter , and The Southampton Review . Judy is a writing coach, editor and memoir mentor and offered a successful and popular course Finding Your Voice in Memoir as part of The National Association of Memoir Writers . www.replacementchild.com ,  Blog: http://www.judymandel.com/Blog/
Judy will talk about her journey of writing her award winning memoir–research, voice, and structure, and how writing her memoir helped to heal the past.

Jerry Waxler Jerry Waxler , M.S., is a memoir expert, teacher, and coach. As a member of the advisory board for the National Association of Memoir Writers, he teaches memoir workshops and has spoken about the Memoir Revolution at the bi-annual Free Memoir Telesummit. He is on the faculty at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania and is the author of Memoir Revolution: A Social Shift that Uses Your Story to Heal, Connect, and Inspire and Learn to Write Your Memoir in Four Weeks . Jerry’s recent class on Finding Structure in your Memoir was immensely popular. He will talk about structure  and theme at the retreat.

His blog Memory Writers Network features hundreds of essays, book reviews, stories, and writing prompts about reading and writing memoirs. He is currently completing a self-help book for writers called How to Become a Writer: Train Your Brain to Increase Confidence, Achieve Goals, and Love Readers available this summer. Jerry is a lifelong learner with a B.A. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Villanova University.


Instructors will be scheduling half hour personal mentoring sessions to discuss your memoir. Time for these sessions is limited so schedule yours now when you register online here . Bring your questions and issues, or a brief summary of your story to discuss.


Workshops will take you through the process of beginning your memoir, finding your voice, and discovering the arc of your story. You will write to exercise your writing voice and develop your memoir themes. Writing will be shared in an atmosphere of acceptance and constructive comments geared to help you develop your memoir.

WORKSHOP TOPICS pen-notebook

  • How to jump start your memoir
  • Exploring truth and memory
  • Finding and focusing your theme
  • Breaking the silence
  • Conquering the inner critic
  • Discovering the structure of your memoir
  • Family, community, and audience for your memoir
  • Finding your voice
  • Publishing choices and questions


  • Three private consultations —one each with Judy Mandel, Jerry Waxler, and Linda Joy Myers— about your memoir. Learn from all three presenters in a private coaching session. $300 value .
  • Handout packet of information and resources to draw from after the conference.
  • Drawings to win a free year-long membership to all the benefits of being a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers. $149.00 value.
  • A post conference group call and Facebook private group to support your ongoing work.

PLUS – You will receive these 3 Bonus Gifts immediately after you Register!


After you register, you can download these three ebooks and start your journey immediately.

“Journey of Memoir” covers things you need to know about memoir, the three stages of memoir writing (Kick-Starting Your Memoir, The Muddy Middle, Birthing Your Book), what a memoir is and why to write one, who’s your audience, building blocks for your story, and writing inspirations.

“How to Structure Your Memoir” covers how to begin your memoir, how much childhood should be included, should you use flashbacks in your memoir, more tips about constructing the timeline of a memoir, beware of casual flashforwards in your memoir, how to wrapper story helps you structure a memoir, and telling a memoir’s backstory by seesawing in time.

“Is Self-Publishing for You” covers what you need to consider when self-publishing, the hard parts of self-publishing, the good parts of self-publishing, traditional publishing perks, and how to make money.

The Value of the Bonus Gifts Total: $62.00



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National Association of Memoir Writers Member Discount



To receive a special room discount for the retreat: Please call 800-222-5901.

Ask for “reservations” and tell them you are with the group the National Association of Memoir Writers