The Magic of Memoir started with this book.
The Magic of Memoir is a memoirist’s companion for when the going gets tough. Editors Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner have taught and coached hundreds of memoirists to the completion of their memoirs, and they know that the journey is fraught with belittling messages from both the inner critic and naysayers, voices that make it hard to stay on course with the writing and completion of a book.
In The Magic of Memoir, 38 writers share their hard-won wisdom, stories, and writing tips. Included are Myers’s and Warner’s interviews with best-selling and widely renown memoirists Mary Karr, Elizabeth Gilbert, Dr. Azar Nafisi, Dani Shapiro, Margo Jefferson, Raquel Cepeda, Jessica Valenti, Daisy Hernández, Mark Matousek, and Sue William Silverman.
This collection has something for anyone who’s on the journey or about to embark on it. If you’re looking for inspiration, The Magic of Memoir will be a valuable companion.
Linda Joy and Brooke were featured in the New York Times article, “Appeal of Writing Memoirs Grows, as Do Publishing Options,” on October 10, 2014, along with five tips from Brooke about memoir writing.
Linda Joy and Write Your Memoir in Six Months course in the San Jose Mercury News. Read the full article, “Writing Your Story: The Healing Power of Memoir-Writing.”
Brooke’s interview with Mary Karr at Berkeley Arts & Letters:
Books by Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner
The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey (2016)
Breaking Ground on Your Memoir: Craft, Inspiration, and Motivation for Memoir Writers (2014)
Linda Joy’s books:
Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence (2017)
Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness (2013)
Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story, (2011)
Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story (2007)
Write On, Sisters! Voice, Courage, and Claiming Your Place at the Table (2019)
Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing (2016)
How to Sell Your Memoir: 12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal (2013)
What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Idea to Published Author (2012)
Articles by Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner
Together, Linda Joy and Brooke co-authored the following article for Writer’s Digest:
Takeaway: The Heart of Memoir
Both Linda Joy and Brooke contributed to the February 2016 “memoir edition” of The Writer magazine:
“You Must Remember This,”by Linda Joy Myers
(Develop sensual details to trigger engagement with your reader.)
“Back to Port,” by Brooke Warner
(Gone adrift with your memoir? Get on course with these strategies.)
Both Linda Joy and Brooke have been regular columnists on Huffington Post: