Linda Joy Myers – Luncheon – November 2014

Linda Joy Myers
President/Founder, National Association of Memoir Writers
Creative Nonfiction and Memoir–The Art and Craft of Writing and Publishing Your Work

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Local Expert segment will be filled by Janna Marlies Maron, independent editor, author, writing instructor, and publisher of the award winning Under the Gum Tree.

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Linda Joy Myers, occupying one of the most visible seats in memoir writing, lives by the power of writing the truth. As president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, she’s authored three books on memoir writing: The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole. Myers was recently quoted in a New York Times article on memoir writing. A therapist for 35 years, she writes for the Huffington Post, co-teaches “Write Your Memoir in Six Months,” and blogs on topics such as The Changing Landscape of Memoir, How To Capture Emotion in Your Memoir, and Breaking Silence, Healing Shame. Her memoir, Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, received numerous honors.  Myers writes fiction, non-fiction, and memoir.

At her November 15 Sacramento appearance, Myers will define memoir, creative nonfiction, and autobiography, and will also cover the important things memoir writers need to address for today’s marketplace, from the art of writing to the craft of a finished book. “Memoir writing is an art, an emotional journey, a journey of courage and learning,” writes Myers. “You will know more about yourself and others through writing a memoir.” Myers will also talk about what makes a good scene, how to create a structure for your book, and what agents and publishers want to see in your work. She’ll discuss ways to keep family out of your writing life until “the end,” and books that can inspire you to keep writing.

Q and A with Linda Joy Myers

Q. What do you say to the person who hasn’t done a lot of writing, or lacks confidence, but has a story to tell?

A. Write down the stories that have meaning to you and know that your family and friends will value such a story. No matter who we are, our story is unique and worth telling. Write stories down as simply as possible focusing on when, where, who was there, and what interesting thing happened. Just write as you would talk, and get that inner critic off your shoulder. Tell it to leave you alone while you bask in your memories. Use photos to help you remember and read old newspapers of the era. You’ll be surprised at how much you remember!

Q. How does a person know if his or her story is “worthy” to tell? (Can we assume anyone will read it?) 

A. Most people I talk to, even experienced writers, struggle with the idea of thinking their story is interesting or “worth reading.” The first thing to think about is not your reader—the first thing to think about is YOU. What do YOU want to say, to share, to remember? What were the significant moments in your life and how do you feel about them now? What is your legacy? If you are passionate about what you have to say, other people will be interested. Quit thinking of audience, as until you write, you have no audience, just that inner critic harping at you and causing doubts. Throw away your doubts, and focus on your story.

Q. What questions do you get the most from people desiring to write their story?

A. Where do I start? What about family, how can I be sure about what I remember, can I write what I remember about other people, living or dead?

Q. What’s one thing I can do today, if I want to start my memoir?

A. Write down your most vivid memories in a list, then begin to write each story, one by one. Try to start with about 10-15 most vivid and significant stories—otherwise things get overwhelming—there are so many stories! Then you can branch out and add stories as you think of more. Try to think in terms of themes, and most of all enjoy remembering!

Luncheon Information

  • Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
  • Cost is $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers
  • The meeting fee includes lunch and beverage
  • Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA

The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemen’s offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.


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Bay Area’s Constance Hale – How to Tell Your Story and Rivet an Audience

Special Presentation – Tips and Resources – by Kate Asche

Luncheon — October 2014

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Constance HaleAs part of California Writers Week (the third week in October), the Sacramento Branch of the California Writers Club proudly welcomes Constance Hale, renowned journalist and author of Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch.

Members and guests are in for a treat with this esteemed visitor to Sacramento! Constance Hale will shower members and guests with words and wisdom on “How to Tell Your Story and Rivet an Audience,” an abbreviated version of bi-coastal trainings she has given in recent years.

Reared on the North Shore of O’ahu, Constance Hale spoke English at home and Hawaiian creole (“Pidgin English”) at school and with friends. She left her bilingual upbringing to pursue a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton and an M.A. in Journalism from UC Berkeley.

After graduation, Hale wrote fiction and drama, performing her own solo pieces in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked as a reporter and editor at Gilroy DispatchOakland Tribune, and San Francisco Examiner before becoming copy chief at Wired.  Before long she gave birth to Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age, followed by Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose. More recently she authored Vex, Hex, Smash & Smooch.

Hale’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic AdventureSmithsonianWriter’s Digest, The WriterLos Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning NewsMiami Herald, the San Francisco ChronicleVia, and Afar. She penned a NewYorkTimes.com series on writing.

Dubbed “Marion the Librarian on a Harley or E.B. White on acid,” Hale teaches narrative journalism at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In addition to teaching at Harvard U and UC Berkeley Extensions, she speaks all over the country. She also works as a freelance editor for Harvard Business School Press. She founded The Prose Doctors, an editors’ collective, and belongs to The Itinerants, a Bay Area writers group.

Preceding Hale at the podium will be “Writer-in-the Know Extraordinaire” Kate Asche, poet, fiction writer, teacher and literary community leader. Asche will lay out resources and angles on writing in honor of California Writers Week, third week in October.

  • Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
  • Cost is $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers
  • The meeting fee includes lunch and beverage
  • Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA

 

The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemen’s offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.


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Luncheon September 2014: Grant Faulkner – The Power of Writing with Abandon

 

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Grant FaulknerThe Saturday, Septeber 20, 2014 CWC luncheon will feature Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of the Annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), nanowrimo.org, addressing  “The Power of Writing with Abandon,” overcoming procrastination and learning how a goal and a deadline will pay off.

Faulkner, also co-founder of the 100 Word Story, 100wordstory.org, will give members and guests a dose of grit and inspiration gathered from his author-colleagues and many writing
workshops on improving the quality of writing, both fiction and nonfiction.

This Bay Area resident thrives on empowering people to write. Last year, NaNoWriMo officially weighed in at 310,000 adult novelists, plus an additional 89,500 young writers. Two thousand classrooms received free resources through the Young Writers Program while 650 “Come Write In” libraries and bookstores glowed with accomplishment.

With a B.A. in English from Grinnell College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, Faulkner brings an impressive resume. His stories and essays have appeared in The Southwest Review, The New York Times, Poets & Writers, PANK, Gargoyle, eclectica, Puerto del Sol, the Berkeley Fiction Review, and Word Riot, among others. He’s recently finished writing a novel, a collection of short stories, and a collection of one hundred 100-word stories. He has taught writing at the university level and in Young Writers Programs. For many years he worked in the National Writing Project to improve the teaching of writing in schools.


Grant gave a really interesting and entertaining talk on The Power of Writing with Abandon with particular emphasis on National Novel Writing Month. Please have a look at the presentation.

Luncheon August 2014: NO LUNCH MEETING IN AUGUST

CWC-Sacramento’s monthly luncheon meeting goes on vacation in July and August. See you on September 20, 2014.

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Monthly luncheon is open to the public.

Cost is $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers.

The meeting fee includes buffet lunch and beverage.

Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA.

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The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemen’s offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent buffet-style food.


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Luncheon July 2014: NO LUNCH MEETING IN JULY

CWC-Sacramento’s monthly luncheon meeting goes on vacation in July and August. See you on September 20, 2014.

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Monthly luncheon is open to the public.

Cost is $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers.

The meeting fee includes buffet lunch and beverage.

Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA.

Click for map

The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemen’s offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent buffet-style food.


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