About the Presenters

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.

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


Judy L. Mandel

Judy L. Mandel is the award-winning author of Replacement Child – a Memoir [Seal Press, 2013]. 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 will be offering the course Finding Your Voice in Memoir as part of The National Association of Memoir Writers . www.replacementchild.com ,  Blog: http://www.judymandel.com/Blog/


Jerry Waxler, Author of The Memoir Revolution

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 Revolutionat 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 .

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.