Sunday April 16, 10am MST
The First Messy Draft
Writing a memoir is one of the most intense, transformative, and gratifying experiences a person can go through.
It can also be exceptionally difficult, especially if you’re a new writer, a trauma survivor, or are neurodiverse in an ADD, OCD or HSP way.
I know, because I’ve lived it, and I am those things.
I struggled for decades with my story and was on the brink of despair when I found a writing coach. I worked with her for five years while managing a full-time job and raising two small children.
But I finally finished and published my memoir, and it was a life-changing experience in SO many ways. And I could not have done it without long-term support.
Because of that book and all the great things that happened, I left my career as a librarian, began writing full time, and started helping other writers with their memoirs.
Fear of what people will think.
How to actually write the story, and where to start.
What about being accurate – how do I remember everything?
How to find a writing routine that works.
How to find flow and make progress.
How do I edit this monster of a first draft?
How to tell people you’re writing about them, or talk to people about past events.
How deal with creative blocks.
In addition to the practical side of writing a memoir, there are energetic aspects to the process as well, such as:
How to write intuitively.
Asking the Universe, or the use of prayer.
How to manage your energy and write the tough parts.
Your body holds memories and how to release them.
Music and memory.
Biohacking such as nutrition, supplements, etc.
I’ve learned a few things from my own experience writing memoir, and from my coaching clients over the years:
- Writing a memoir takes time. It’s supposed to take time. It’s an opportunity for deep healing and introspection. You can’t and shouldn’t rush the process.
In addition to the actual mechanics of writing a memoir, there are energetic aspects to it as well. Writing a memoir will engage your deepest intuition and trigger amazing synchronicities.
There is nothing linear about writing a memoir. Things show up when they are meant to show up. You will often work in spirals, revisiting and rewriting as all the pieces fall into place.
Writing a memoir can be lonely and a little bewildering. Writing groups just for memoirists are hard to find. It has to be a trusted, non-judgemental space where our deepest vulnerabilities are supported.
Not everyone can afford the long-term support they need.
I’ve created the Write Your Memoir community specifically for these reasons.
Here’s how Write Your Memoir works:
It’s a monthly subscription via Substack.
You’ll get a newsletter every month full of inspiration, advice, and memoir resources.
You’ll have access to a monthly memoir-writing workshop via Zoom. I teach for 30 minutes or so and leave time for discussion or Q & A.
Each month will cover a different topic, or I will cover a topic on the fly if requested by the community. CLICK HERE for the tentative schedule.
If you can’t attend the live workshop session, they will be recorded and you’ll have access to the archive for as long as you subscribe.
You’ll enjoy a monthly open “office hours” with me directly – 15 minute check-ins and/or a mini-coaching session.
I’ll offer a monthly “silent writing hour”. We meet over Zoom, I open the space with a brief guided meditation, and we write silently, together, for one hour.
This program is perfect for introverted and highly-sensitive people and your level of participation is completely up to you and your comfort level.
You don’t have to be on camera or turn in assignments.
As a subscriber, you will enjoy 50% off my fees if you feel you need private coaching sessions. (currently set at $120/hour – your discount = $60/hour).
I respond to every email from you personally and promptly.
Questions? Reach out to me directly at email@example.com. I answer all emails personally and promptly. Thank you for your interest and happy writing!