Calling all memoir writers, new or experienced. The Nonfiction Authors Association is proud to bring you a powerful program to show you how to write a compelling memoir.

Learn How to Write a Better Memoir
Self-Study Course with Instructor Linda Joy Myers

Memoir Writing Essentials Course with Linda Joy MyersIn this three-part online course, you will learn how to:

  • Craft a story using important elements
  • Build your memoir block by block
  • Work with truth and family
  • Manage your own inner critic

What to Expect Each Week

Class 1: Beginnings; finding your story and themes. And scenes—the building blocks of your memoir.

Class 2: Breaking silence—family, truth, and the inner critic.

Class 3: Developing your structure and character. Plus we will cover revision and editing.

Over the years as I’ve worked with memoirists, I’ve observed craft elements that needed further developing for a reader to become immersed in the story. Many memoirists have long histories with journaling or they come from an academic background, both of which were true for me.

Becoming a storyteller requires new skills and craft, such as creating scenes, developing characters, creating a story arc, and other elements common to novel writing and story creation. And for memoirists there is another element: the psychological and emotional feelings of exposure—exploring your truths, worrying about your family’s reaction if they read your memoir, and the inner critic that delivers all the reasons why you shouldn’t be writing your story!

We will address all of these issues and more in this three-part course. Come prepared to take notes, ask questions, and do a little homework, too!

Who Should Attend the Memoir Writing Essentials Course?

The course is intended for memoir writers with all skill levels. Whether you’re just getting started or you have been writing for years, you will discover essential tactics for writing a better memoir–one that readers don’t want to put down and can’t wait to talk about with friends!

About Linda Joy Myers, Course Instructor

how to write a memoir courseLinda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFT, is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her first memoir, Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award and the IndieExcellence Awards, and a BAIPA Gold Medal award winner. Her memoir Song of the Plains was a finalist in the Best Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole, her prize-winning fiction, nonfiction, and memoir pieces have been published in literary journals. She is co-author with Brooke Warner of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir,  and The Magic of Memoir.

Linda Joy has been a therapist for over 40 years, where story is part of the healing process. A memoir coach for two decades, Myers helps people dive deep into writing their truths while crafting a publishable story. Find Linda Joy at and on Facebook and Twitter.

Ready to overcome your fear and write a memoir readers will love?

Instructor Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D. is an award-winning writer and has been teaching the craft of memoir for two decades. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an experience professional!

Memoir Writing Essentials – Course Details

This self-study course was previously recorded live for students in our Nonfiction Authors Association community. There are three sessions, provided in video and audio formats, averaging around 90 minutes each. As soon as you register, you get immediate access to the recordings, slides, and handouts so you can begin right away!

Course Rate, non-member: $175
3-pay option available in cart
Authority & VIP Members: Visit your member discount page for the 33% off discount code. Not a member yet? Join us here!

Ready to gain confidence as a writer and finally finish your memoir? This course is for you!



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