No Slings and Arrows for Me: Free Stuff for National Life Writing Month; Plus Info on other Writing Observances, Official and Unofficial

November is National Life Writing Month. It is unofficial in the same way as National Family History Month in October: Congress did not pass a concurrent resolution for the President to sign.

Not to let such minutiae deter their commitments to the genres, the faithful forged ahead with observances. Check with your library, writing group, arts council, or college on what may be going on in your area. If you find nothing, I encourage you to start something.

Among activities for National Life Writing Month is a free memoir-writing tele-conversation November 10 from 6-7 p.m. Central Time, sponsored by the nonprofit National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW). Presenters are Denis Ledoux, Nina Amir, and NAMW founder Linda Joy Myers. Sign up and receive the audio link free for thirty days after the event, then it will be for sale. 
Denis Ledoux

Denis Ledoux
Founder of National Life Writing Month, workshop presenter, life writing coach, and author of Turning Memories into Memoirs. Through his Soleil Lifestory Network, he trains and certifies professionals who want to start a business teaching memoir writing. His free "Memory List Question Book" is thirty-two pages of questions to help memoir writers focus on key events. In observance of National Life Writing Month, Ledoux offers free tele-classes on memoir writing.
Nina Amir

Nina Amir
Founder of Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN), also unofficial; writing coach, columnist, author of numerous guidebooks including the forthcoming How to Blog a Book, Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books, April 2012). Join her mailing list and receive a free report, "What's an Author's Platform and How Do I Build One?"

Linda Joy Myers

Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D.
Founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, author of instructional programs on writing memoirs and several books, including The Power of Memoir--How to Write Your Healing Story. Join her mailing list and receive a free report, "Begin Your Memoir Today."

Shakespeare and Hamlet revisited
Not wanting to be pelted with slings and arrows if I left out anything close to the hearts of my readers, here are monthly/weekly observances, official and unofficial, I found related to writing:

National Book Month

Black History Month
National Storytelling Week, first week of February

National Women's History Month (I haven't found a National Men's History Month, but that's another soapbox.)

National Card and Letter-Writing Month
National Poetry Writing Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15

National Family History Month

National American Indian Heritage Month
National Life Writing Month
National Novel Writing Month
Write Nonfiction in November

Photos courtesy Denis Ledoux, Nina Amir, and Linda Joy Myers.

What other national writing observances are you aware of? What are your plans for National Life Writing Month and Write Nonfiction in November? Let us know your experiences from participating in the November 10 tele-conversation and WNFIN. 

Thanks to William Faulkner, James Joyce, and Jonathan Coe for inspiring me to write the longest post title in the history of my blog.


  1. Sounds great, Wayne! I'll pass on this good info.


  2. Thanks for the great info. I've signed up for this challenge and am doing all I can to promote it.
    Shirl Corder