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You Can Become A Memoir Professional

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We call memoir professionals those individuals who help people to write their memoirs whether as a teacher of memoir writing or as a memoir coach, editor or ghostwriter.

You, too, can learn to be a profitable memoir professional. Our university-quality training will show you how. It is an inexpensive, easy-to-access program that is broken down into do-able steps.
help people to write their memoirs
A Memoir Network workshop, June 1999

You’ve notice that interest in memoir writing is running higher than ever. You’ve also asked yourself why shouldn’t you capitalize on this fact to make best use of your talents and interest!

Wherever you live, there are people in your area:

  • who want to leave a written record of their lives, but
  • who have little idea about how to recall the details of their story.
  • who are at a loss to develop a memoir character or plot, and
  • who need to learn how to pace and shape a book of memoirs so that it is interesting and meaningful to its readers.

People in your community need to work with you to develop their memoir-writing skills—whether you choose to teach, coach, edit, ghostwrite or to offer your clients all four. You can learn both to help people to write their memoirs and to set yourself up to be profitable.

As a therapist, I’d observed the power of storytelling, and In the 1990s I wanted to help people dig deep into their pasts and unearth the stories of what had shaped them. I was also curious about how to make a business that would complement my therapy practice and was delighted to find Denis Ledoux and learn about his package of teaching materials—The Memoir Professional Package—to help me get started. The MPP helped me to teach and organize a business that gave people the courage and the tools to write their memoir.
That was over twenty-five years ago, and I’ve been expanding on that foundation ever since. In 2008, I launched the National Association of Memoir Writers, and I enjoy having Denis as my podcast guest every year!

—Linda Joy Myers, Memoir Professional
Don’t Call Me Mother



This is who becomes a successful Memoir Professional. Is this you?

A writing coach can help you at every step of the process. Having “been there and done that”—and being able to talk clearly about it, a memoir-writing coach can point you in the right direction and gently correct your course.The Memoir Network Ghostwriting Services

A coach is a teacher, a cheerleader, a critic, a motivator, a writing buddy, a person who holds you accountable for meeting your goals, a good listener, and sometimes an editor—and a coach can be more if you need more.

For a free consult, call 207-353-5454 today to make an appointment.

Click here to read more about coaching.


Success doesn’t call for a certain personality. Extroverts and introverts alike can do well. Even levels of formal education are not predictors. But…

Achieving success as a Memoir Professional does call for certain traits. The characteristics that lead to success include:

  • wanting to help people to write their memoirs.
  • being a memoir writer yourself. You wouldn’t expect a golf teacher not to be a golfer!
  • improving yourself as both a professional and a writer. This implies always learning to be better at both. You need to invest emotionally and financially in your professional development.
  • having empathy for people. Encouraging writers to share intimate stories—whether with a group or with you—calls for a non-judgmental approach and deep listening. People wrote their best story even if—often by their own estimation today—it was not very good.
  • being patient. Writers are struggling to incorporate newly acquired writing techniques into their memoir. It takes time to convert knowledge into skill. That practice—and feedback on it—is one reason clients have come to you.
  • enjoying the facilitator role—if your chosen medium is the workshop. A facilitator steps back and let’s the group take over for a while. There is much collective wisdom within a group of adult learners.
  • accepting that you can tell the story in another person’s voice—if you are a ghostwriter.

Denis Ledoux provides laser-like suggestions and instructions to those interested in working in the field of personal history.

— Tom Gilbert, Memoir Professional
Your-story-Your Life, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Memoir Network takes the uncertainty and the worry out of launching yourself as a Memoir Professional.

We have been active as memoir professionals since 1988. In that time, we have led workshops, coached clients, edited manuscripts, ghostwritten books and prepared memoirs for publication for thousands of people.

In that time, we have seen how the Memoir Professionals who do best are those who offer various memoir services.

Teach Memoir Workshops

Workshops are often—as playing the piano is for music—the base for building your success as a Memoir Professional. Our materials provide you the help you need to teach memoir writing and make your workshops a resounding success. Our materials will provide you with:

  • extensive solutions to writing problems—how to ease emotional blocks, address stylistic difficulties, use memory effectively.
  • effective insights for handling issues writers bring to their memoir creation—salve self-doubt, calm fear of failure, rest thoughts of insignificance.
  • excellent outreach models for attracting coaching, editing, and ghostwriting clients. At one point, I estimated that 40% of my workshoppers went on to purchase another memoir service from my company.

Coach, Edit or Ghostwrite to help people to write their memoirs

I am incredibly impressed at how thorough and valuable these materials are.

Sue Mitchell, Memoir Professional
An Untold Story, Grand Junction, Colorado



Choose between the full Memoir Professional package (best value) or à la carte options to learn to help people to write their memoirs.

1. The full Memoir Professional Package comes to you with all the following:

  • A proven Curriculum printable as an easy-to-use manual to help you to teach memoir writing. This curriculum has already been tested with tens of thousands of apprentice writers around the world. (Memoir Professional Packages have been used worldwide—in Canada, Israel, Japan, Zimbabwe and Poland to name only a few.) Offering workshops using our Curriculum Manual will launch you effectively in the world of memoir writing.
  • An Editor’s Manual to organize and accelerate your entry into the lucrative editing sideline.
  • A Speaker’s Manual to set up speaking as a client generator system.
  • Business Development MP3s to provide strategies for making a critical and financial success of your efforts.
  • Easy-to-implement guidelines are offered throughout the package as appropriate in the various components for effectively conducting your memoir business—this is not a case of theory without hands-on material. (Many professionals have earned full- or part-time income with our manuals as their basic references.)

Receive a free copy of The Memorable Story/Write Your First Memoir Draft ($200 value) when you purchase a Memoir Professional Package between now and April 1. The Memorable Story will serve as your writing fine tuning and will figure into the curriculum of your workshops or prop for of your coaching and editing.

The Memoir Network

Denis Ledoux’s Memoir Professional materials are an excellent, comprehensive training focused on how to start and operate a memoir business successfully.

—Robin Waldron, Memoir Professional
The Write Source, Franklin, Indiana

2. À la carte
We can also launch you as a coach, editor and/or ghostwriter. If you want to help people to write their memoirs, but you do not want to buy the full package, you can buy the following materials individually by title:


 

Many professionals who have decided to teach memoir writing have also been interested in our Photo Scribe line. You can become a Photo Scribe teacher, too. This is an alternate manner both to help people to write their memoirs and to earn extra income.

A Photoscribe Teacher helps individuals to preserve their family stories within the context of a photo album. S/he leads workshops on how to preserve family stories in writing in scrapbook albums. A great addition for a Memoir Professional or a scrapbook consultant.


 

VOLUME DISCOUNTS:

Selling The Memoir Network books on your site and/or as back-of-the-room sales at your workshops and programs will bring you added income. For information on Volume Discounts on hardcover copies of Turning Memories Into Memoirs or The Photo Scribeclick here.


 

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