LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Linda Joy Myers, Author of Memoir–How to Write Your Healing Story, Founder and President of National Association of Memoir Writers
Monday, July 7th, 2014 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFT, is the President and Founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Linda is the author of The Power of Memoir–How to Write Your Healing Story, and a workbook Journey of Memoir–The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. Her passion for memoir writing began many years ago–she likes to talk about the stories her great-grandmother Blanche told her as they shared a featherbed in Iowa when she was 8 years old, the seeds of Linda as storyteller and memoir writer. She’ll be sharing the story of her literary journey as well as tips on writing a fascinating memoir.
Linda Joy has been a therapist in Berkeley, California for over thirty years, following her belief that deep patterns can be healed and changed. She learned about changing these patterns through her own inner work and writing her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, which received the Gold Medal Award from BAIPA, Bay Area Independent Publishing Association, and is a Finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year award.
She received her Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Mills College, and has taught Marriage and Family Therapy at JFK University and Argosy University in the S. F. Bay Area. Linda’s early life was immersed in music, piano and cello, and she earned her B.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Her love of art–etching, painting, and collage led to second B.A. in Art from the University of California, Berkeley.
Through her art and music background, Linda deeply came to understand the power of art to heal, and studied many psychologists and artists who used art as transformation and healing–from Jung to Alice Miller, Vincent Van Gogh to Beethoven. Her first book Becoming Whole: Writing Your Healing Story is used as a text by therapists, ministers, and writing coaches, and was a finalist in the ForeWord magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Award.
It’s important to Linda to integrate the principles of healing and creativity when helping people learn about the powerful healing process of writing true stories through workshops, online courses, and coaching. Her expertise in supporting writers to write award winning memoirs has helped many writers complete their memoirs, and even win prizes. All memoirs are about transformation–and the writer needs to learn the important skills of the craft of story telling.
Prize-winning nonfiction and poetry by Linda has been published in various literary journals. Linda has been co-president of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco branch, and past-president of The California Writers Club, Marin branch, and has served on the board of Story Circle Network.