Together Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner bring over 30 years of combined memoir experience to their classes and workshops. Below is a sampling of our teaching topics. We offer regular free webinars, two intensive courses, Write Your Memoir in Six Months (which runs twice a year, starting in January and June) and Mastering Memoir (once a year). We have been hosting a popular best-seller memoir course for years, and archives of the books we’ve taught (including Wild, Eat, Pray, Love, The Glass Castle, H Is for Hawk, and The Liars’ Club, to name a few, are available for purchase.
We include the YouTube links below to our sessions on takeaway and scene from our in-person Magic of Memoir conference to give you a sampling of our teaching.
If you have a writing group or conference coming up, we’re available to teach.
Teaching topics include:
Breaking Ground on Your Memoir
Based on their book by the same name, Breaking Ground on Your Memoir is an exploration of craft and process in memoir. This is a foundational program that teaches memoirists what they need to know about craft—from narration, to story arc, to characterization, to elements of a scene. This program also acknowledges the deeply emotional process of writing a memoir, which requires so much of writers who takes on this endeavor, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually. Linda Joy and Brooke offer a deeper holding in this course for memoirists, as well as tips for staying the course, and inspiration for the journey. This program includes a free copy of the Breaking Ground on Your Memoir e-book for each participant.
5 Keys Elements of a Successful Memoir
In this program, Linda Joy and Brooke teach what memoirists need to master in order to write a successful memoir: scenes, narration, theme, characterization, and takeaway. This session analyzes why each of these elements is important in good storytelling and shows writers how to harness these points of craft in their own memoir. (Video segments from this program are included below, and we vary up our teaching and examples every time we present.)
Scenes take what happened and transform it into a story. There is nothing more important in memoir writing than mastering scenes. Understanding scene is the key to writing your whole book. This intensive guides memoirists through how to build a scene, craft point-by-craft point, giving writers a hands-on experience of scene-writing. Memoirists will leave the program having written a full scene, and with a renewed confidence in their approach to their writing.
Mapping Your Memoir
In this session you will learn proven strategies to turn your memories into scenes and chapters. Mapping your memoir involves finding your turning points and creating your “scaffolding” (your scene-by-scene outline) so that you have a guide your scenes, the foundation of your memoir.
How to Sell Your Memoir
In this program, Brooke and Linda Joy draw upon the concepts from Brooke’s book, How to Sell Your Memoir, and take you through everything you need to know to pitch and sell your book, as well as how to build and grow a memoir platform that will make agents and editors take notice. This program includes a free copy of Brooke’s e-book for each participant.
Brooke Warner on takeaway in memoir writing:
Takeaway refers to a particular element of memoir-writing craft in which the author turns the mirror outward, showcasing the universality of the human experience through the prose. In this session from the 2016 Magic of Memoir Conference in Oakland, CA, Brooke Warner does a deep dive into takeaway and its many variations: a shared connection (often using the second person); conveying a bigger-picture message; shared human experience; facts or statistics, personal philosophy; or as a teaching tool.
Linda Joy on the power of scenes in memoir writing:
Scenes are the engine of a great story. In this session from the 2016 Magic of Memoir Conference in Oakland, CA, Linda Joy teaches memoirists what they need to learn in order to write vibrant scenes to make the world of their memoir come to life. This video takes you step-by-step through the process.