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Be Brave, Write your Story--the advice I give memoir writers as founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers.

Background Information


 Listening to the murmur of my great-grandmother as she lisped the tales of her young life in the 19th century---her teeth were in a jar by the bed-- showed me the power of an ordinary person's story. The featherbed puffed around us in the sticky attic room, lights from the highway flashed on the angled ceiling. I learned about pioneers stopping by in their covered wagons on the way to Kansas, how she washed--pronouncing it "worshed" -- clothes in an iron pot in the yard. She told me about the first time she heard a voice on a telephone, the first radio, how she was a midwife to the neighbors and fed 20 harvesters during summer at a long plank table. The cook stove burned all day summer and winter. She was a ship of a woman, her hips rising along the bed under her white cotton nightgown, the skin of her arms and face gathered like a petticoat, her voice droning on and on.

During those summer nights, I tucked away her stories, realizing that inside everyone  was a whole history that only they knew, and i that history, so much wisdom. 

I gathered her stories, filing them alongside all the secrets and untold stories of the rest of the family, and waited for them to bloom into my memoir Don't Call Me Mother.

After spending thirty years as a therapist and learning about the different ways that people can heal, I discovered the research by Dr. James Pennebaker and others --how writing can help to heal not only emotional issues, but physical problems as well--asthma, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome. Further research on how writing helps to heal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder makes it clear how important exploring secrets,  unspoken and buried truths, and disturbing stories can free people from the traumas of the past. My three books about writing--Becoming Whole, The Power of Memoir, and Journey of Memoir guide writers from beginning to end of writing a successful memoir.

Birth Place
Chicago, IL United States

BS in Music Education, BA in Art; MS in Counseling, MFA in Creative Writing, Ph.D. in Psychology. Winner of literary prizes for poetry, fiction, and memoir. Don't Call Me Mother won the Gold Medal BAIPA award. Becoming Whole--a finalist for IPPY Book of the Year award.

Additional Information

Go to for free teleseminars at the National Association of Memoir Writers. Read my blog for writing tips and articles at The new edition of Don't Call Me Mother--A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness shares secrets left out of the first edition, and shows how a lifetime of mother-daughter rejection can be forgiven.

Contact Information
National Association of Memoir Writers
1700 Solano Ave 
Berkeley CA 94707   USA
Contact Author: Linda Joy Myers
Favorite Links

National Association of Memoir Writers
Free resources and memberships for to help memoir writers write a publishable memoir.

Memories and Memoirs
Articles, tips, and stories that inspire memoir writers.

Don't Call Me Mother
Website for new edition of the memoir--with slide show of four generations of mothers and daughters. Excerpts and essays about finding forgiveness and the power of the mother-daughter bond.

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