Articles and Interviews for Memoir Writers

articlesAs writers, we need to keep reading, learning, and writing to develop our craft. There’s so much to learn as we write and develop our stories–finding memories, taking care of ourselves, telling the truth, writing to heal, discovering our structure, and so much more. After writing, we need to learn about editing, marketing, publicity, and publishing.

On this page we’ll be listing articles, resources, and inspiration to help you get your book into the world.


Psychology Today Interview with Mark Matousek and Linda Joy Myers


  • Writing Another Person - Author: Denis Ledoux Writing another person’s memoir can be called writing biography rather than memoir. You are, after all, not the subject. But, are there occasions when a biography can justly be called a memoir? In my penultimate book, A Sugary Frosting / Life in a 1960s Parsonage, I used life stories that my late […]
  • Writing Your Story Will Change You Writing Your Story Will Change You - Do you have a family story that won’t leave you alone? Have you spent time not being sure you should or can write it? That’s how I felt as I approached trying to write both memoirs—Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains. I tried to push aside completing my first book because it […]
  • FREE Memoir Webinar: Truth in Memoir: A Journey of Healing and Transformation - May 19, 2017 Free Day Long event: 10 AM/1PM to 2 PM/5 PM We’re very excited here at NAMW to offer a day long discussion about truth in memoir–one of the hottest topics memoirists discuss online, in forums, and in running Facebook posts! As memoirists, we have to struggle with “the truth.” When we write […]
  • April flowers Exposure in Writing, My New Memoir, and Finding Freedom from the Past - In April, the colors are yellow, and green and blue skies, a season of life surging upward toward the sun. When we writers feel this upward movement of energy, we need to catch the wave. After all, there are plenty of times when despite positive energy and sun and the potential for creativity, we can […]
  • The Creative Process The Creative Process - How do we create something out of nothing? Or perhaps a better question is—how do we create, period? Where does the creative impulse come from, and how can we find it? How do we know when we have “it”? These circular questions arise with writers and all creative artists, and there is no answer that […]
  • Pitch-O-Rama -   Pitch your book to agents and editors at Pitch–O–Rama on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM, at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street (between Guerrero & Valencia), San Francisco.  Sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, women- and men, too- will have an opportunity to work with professionals on […]
  • The thrill of our destination spurs us on The Psychological Journey of Memoir Writing - When we begin a journey, we’re excited. We pack our suitcase, imagining the moments to come. The thrill of our destination courses through us, spurring us on. We begin with high hopes for what we’ll encounter. I remember when I prepared for my trip to France not long ago how excited I was go to […]
  • How Do I Begin—The Most Asked Question in Memoirland How Do I Begin—The Most Asked Question in Memoirland - When you begin to write a memoir, you soon discover several layers to the process: there’s the emotional angst most people feel about writing about themselves, the worry about exposing yourself and your family to public scrutiny when the book is published. And there are questions about the craft of writing a story. After all, […]