May 27, 2020


Together Linda Joy and Brooke have co-authored two books, The Magic of Memoir and Breaking Ground on Your Memoir. If you’re interested in our courses, we highly recommend starting with Breaking Ground on Your Memoir. Please see below to find our full list of books.


Barnes & Noble
Book Passage

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.

Contributors include: Jill Kandel, Eanlai Cronin, Peter Gibb, Lynette Charity, Lynette Charity, Roseann M. Bozzone, Carol E. Anderson, Bella Mahaya Carter, Krishan Bedi, Sarah Conover, Leza Lowitz, Nadine Kenney Johnstone, Lynette Benton, Kelly Kittel, Robert W. Finertie, Rita M. Gardner, Robert Hammond, Marina Aris, LaDonna Harrison, Jill Smolowe, Alison Dale, Vanya Erickson, Sonvy Sammons, Laurie Prim, Ashley Espinoza, Jing Li, Nancy Chadwick-Burke, Dhana Musil, Crystal-Lee Quibell, Apryl Schwab, Irene Sardanis, Jude Walsh, Fran Simone, Rosalyn Kaplus, Rosie Sorenson, Rosie Sorenson, Jerry Waxler, and Ruthie Stender.


Barnes & Noble
Book Passage

In Breaking Ground on Your Memoir, Linda Joy Myers (President of the National Association of Memoir Writers) and Brooke Warner (Publisher of She Writes Press) present from the ground up from basic to advanced the craft and skills memoirists can draw upon to write a powerful and moving story, as well as inspiration to write, finish, and polish their own story. Full of rich insights and practical advice and strategies, Breaking Ground on Your Memoir offers all the tools writers need to write a powerful, publishable memoir. In this book you will discover:

  • how to get focused on what your memoir is about your themes.
  • how to build the structure of your story.
  • techniques to make your memoir come alive.
  • the secrets of craft: how to write a great scene, colorful and memorable descriptions, narration, and flashback.
  • how to connect with your reader using through-threads and takeaway so they’ll keep turning the pages, and learn something about their own lives by reading your book.


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)


Brooke’s books:
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)