Linda Joy Myers & Guests - "Courage to Heal" Memoir Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

The "Courage to Heal" Memoir Panel will be moderated by Linda Joy Myers, PhD, MFT, and president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW). A Q&A between Myers and the panelists will focus on healing in life and on the page and the role memoir writing plays in the healing process. Questions will include, “What does it mean to heal? What needs healing? How can we heal ourselves and our world? Is healing a responsibility? Who are the “real” healers?” Each author has passed through a crucible of physical, mental, or spiritual illness—some life-threatening—and survived to tell their story. An audience Q&A will follow the panel discussion.


Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., MFT, is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her first memoir, Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award and the IndieExcellence Awards, and a BAIPA Gold Medal award winner. Her new memoir, Song of the Plains, is a finalist in the Best Book Awards. Author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole, her prize-winning fiction, nonfiction, and memoir pieces have been published in literary journals and online. She writes for the Huffington Post, and is co-author with Brooke Warner of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir. Linda Joy has been a therapist for 40 years, where the power of story is part of the healing process. A memoir coach for two decades, Myers helps people dive deep into writing their truths while crafting a publishable story. Her monthly programs on NAMW offer writers tools about breaking silence, developing a powerful story, and finding the best publishing path.


Bella Mahaya Carter is a writing teacher, developmental editor, and empowerment coach with a lifelong passion for creativity, health, and healing. She is the author of Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy (She Writes Press, May 2018) and Secrets of My Sex (Bombshelter Press, May 2008), a collection of narrative poems. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in MindBodyGreen; The Sun, Lilith; Calyx; Literary Mama; and elsewhere. Her work has been anthologized in The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey; Grandmothers’ Necklace; and Writing Our Way Out of The Dark: An Anthology of Literary Acts of Bravery. She’s a featured columnist on and maintains her own blog, Body, Mind, Spirit: Inspiration for Writers, Dreamers, and Seekers of Health & Happiness.

Paige Davis is an entrepreneur, writer, cancer survivor, mindfulness facilitator, and meditation teacher. She is the founder of Soul Sparks, where she leads and facilitates meditation and mindfulness programming for companies, teams, and individuals seeking more patience, productivity, and present-moment awareness. Paige is also co-founder of social impact brand, BlueAvocado. The company’s thoughtful designs and creative solutions invite people to live a greener, simpler, and more mindful life. Paige received a BA in Journalism and Environmental Science from the University of Indiana and holds certifications from the Mclean Meditation Institute, Western School of Feng Shui and Pilates Center of Austin. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen. Her book Here We Grow: Mindfulness Through Cancer and Beyond will be published in May 2018 by She Writes Press.

Gayle Greene grew up in the Santa Clara Valley, now “Silicon,” when it was still “the valley of heart’s delight.”  She writes of this in her most recent book, Missing Persons: A Memoir, “a fascinating foray into loss, grief, and self-identity…reminiscent of Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking.”   A longtime professor at Scripps College, Claremont, she began her writing life with books about Shakespeare, women writers, and feminist theory. Her interests then shifted to health and the environment, and she wrote a biography of pioneer British radiation epidemiologist and anti-nuclear warrior, The Woman Who Knew Too Much:  Alice Stewart and the Secrets of Radiation. She then wrote Insomniac, a first person account of living with insomnia and an investigation into sleep science. She lives in the Bay Area and Mendocino. 


Leah E. Reinhart is a hair stylist and angel card reader turned author. Her memoir is Manifesting Me: A Story of Rebellion and Redemption. When the market crashed and business was slow, her hair clients encouraged her to write a memoir after hearing some of her stories about her unusual childhood in Oakland, California. She started writing and a whole new journey began as she began to fall in love with writing and reading. Leah E. Reinhart is a mother of two and a wife, and currently works in her not-so-ordinary salon, Wellness Garden Tool Shed.



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Don't Call Me Mother: A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938314025
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Published: She Writes Press - February 1st, 2013

At the age of four, a little girl stands on a cold, windy railroad platform in Wichita, Kansas to watch the train take her mother away. For the rest of her life, her mother will be only an occasional and troubled visitor.

The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780470508367
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Published: Jossey-Bass - January 26th, 2010

A groundbreaking work for healing long-term emotional problems

The Power of Memoir is a pioneering how-to book that provides a new step-by-step program to use memoir writing as a therapeutic process. By going through these steps you'll learn how to choose the significant milestones and turning points that make up a coherent story leading to a life-changing epiphany.

Breaking Ground on Your Memoir: Craft, Inspiration, and Motivation for Memoir Writers Cover Image
By Brooke Warner, Linda Joy Myers (Various Artists (VMI))
ISBN: 9781631520853
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Published: She Writes Press - September 22nd, 2015

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.

Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631522161
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Published: She Writes Press - June 20th, 2017

Ever since she was a child, Linda Joy Myers felt the power of the past. As the third daughter in her family to be abandoned or estranged by a mother, she observed the consequences of that heritage on the women she loved as well as herself.