Angelique Beauregard Interviews Elizabeth Johnston at the Memoir Summit

November 1, 2017

During the Memoir Summit, November 14 - 16, a free online conference for aspiring writers, Angelique Beauregard interviews Elizabeth Johnston about the writing process. Join us at

Angelique Beauregard is the author of the upcoming book A Second Coming of Age – The Road to Becoming a Healthy, Wealthy, Modern Golden Girl. She is a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach, devoted to helping midlife women lose weight permanently so they can confidently show up in the world in a body they love. Having successfully overcome her own life-long weight loss struggles, she is an inspirational leader in her field.

Elizabeth Johnston is an author, professor and podcaster. She has taught taught others how to own their creativity through writing for over 20 years. During that time she has consistently produced writing in a variety of genres. Some of the places her work can be seen are The Huffington Post, Yellow Pages Online, The Globe and Mail, The South China Morning Post, The Montreal Gazette, Wascana Review and many others. She’s also contributed to a best-selling travel book, written, produced and directed a short film, and published her literary non-fiction book, No Small Potatoes, and she also won a Canada Council for the Arts writing grant to write her book.


Geoff Hughes Speaks at the Memoir Summit

October 31, 2017

Hello Everyone! Elizabeth Johnston here of Own Your Creativity and The Memoir Summit. The summit is a free online conference that takes place November 14 to 16 and features over 20 interviews with best-selling authors and industry experts. It’s for aspiring writers and anyone with a story to tell. Whether you want to leave a legacy for future generations or document your contribution to the business world or help others achieve a personal challenge, you won’t want to miss the Memoir Summit.

To sign up for the free summit just go to

Today, I’m really excited today to introduce to you another of our wonderful Summit speakers: Geoff Hughes. Geoff is the founder of Madhouse Media Publishing. In his regular podcast The eBook Revolution he talks to writers, publishers and marketers about how to write, get published and make a difference.

During the summit, Geoff will talk about ebooks. This is a speciality of his and we dive into the topic during the summit so that you understand what’s involved in the process and decide if it’s right for you.

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See you soon!


Dr. Anne McTiernan Speaks at the Memoir Summit

October 30, 2017

Elizabeth Johnston here of Own Your Creativity and The Memoir Summit.

If you’ve ever wanted to write a book about your personal experience, this summit is where you want to be. It consists of over 20 interviews with industry experts and best-selling authors who have gathered together to share their wisdom and experience with you.

The purpose of the summit is to provide you with information and inspiration for your writing dreams. We all have a story to tell and we all have a story that can help and inspire others, too. This is the case with Dr. Anne McTiernan, one of the summit speakers. Dr. McTiernan

studies the health effects of diet, exercise, and weight at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She is author of Starved: A Nutrition Doctor’s Journey from Empty to Full (Central Recovery Press, 2016) and Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer (St. Martin’s Press, 2000).

During the summit, Anne will talk about how she turned her personal experience into a story. Having her own food issues from a young age, Anne became a doctor who studies the problem from a scientific perspective. In her book, she shares her personal journey and at the Memoir Summit, we talk about that writing process.

To join Dr. McTiernan and I at the memoir summit, go to

The summit is a free online conference that takes place November 14 to 16 and features over 20 interviews with best-selling authors and industry experts. It’s for aspiring writers and anyone with a story to tell. Whether you want to leave a legacy for future generations or document your contribution to the business world or help others achieve a personal challenge, you won’t want to miss the Memoir Summit.


Bill O’Hanlon Speaks at the Memoir Summit

October 29, 2017

Earlier today in our Facebook group, Own Your Creativity, I posted a question asking who among you might be helping professionals who want to write a memoir.

There are different types of memoirs – the most common is the personal memoir that explores your life. Then there’s the business memoir – a book that details how you created your business and/or left a legacy during your tenure in the business. Then there’s also a how-to memoir that mixes your business expertise and personal experience. The aim of this type of memoir is to help others achieve something that you are uniquely qualified to assist with, and we often see people in the helping professions write this type of memoir.

Someone who is very well acquainted with this type of book is Bill O’Hanlon. Bill has written and published 35 books, one of which, Do One Thing Different, got him featured as a guest on Oprah. He has also written and published over 60 articles and book chapters, including two memoir pieces. His books have been translated into 17 different languages, and he has also coached over 250 books by others into publication. Exploring a new way with words, Bill has recently embarked on a career as a professional songwriter and can regularly be found in Nashville singing his original songs.

Many songwriters use sad personal events to fuel their songwriting, and memoir writing is quite similar. During the memoir summit, Bill will be talking about that very topic in his interview entitled, Write What You “No”: Using Your Wounds and Upsets to Fuel Your Writing,

Bill and I had a great chat about the writing process and how to generate ideas for your books, and you won’t want to miss the wisdom that Bill O’Hanlon shares with us during this talk.

As of today, there are 16 more days until the memoir summit happens. To get your free ticket for the online memoir summit that happens Nov. 14 to 16 and hear Bill O’Hanlon’s talk, go to

If you’re watching or listening to this broadcast anywhere else other than the Own Your Creativity Facebook group, you can join the writing conversation by going to


Anne Berube Speaks at the Memoir Summit

October 28, 2017

Everyone has a story to tell, and during the Memoir Summit happening November 14 - 16, 2017, you'll hear from best-selling authors and industry experts about how to write, publish and promote your memoir. Whether you want to leave a legacy for your family or write about how you help others in your business, you won't want to miss this free online conference. Grab your free ticket today at

Today's episode is about one of our Memoir Summit speakers: Anne Berube, PhD, who will be talking about "Decoding the Wisdom of Your Inner World" on November 15, 2017. Anne is a spiritual coach and the author of Be Feel Think Do: A Memoir. At the age of 23, Anne's life was interrupted by a near fatal car accident and a mystical experience. Trapped in the car, unable to breathe, she had a vision that forever realigned her life’s trajectory. Anne is a powerful teacher with an uncommon ability to share her story and insights in a way that awakens the inner wisdom in others.


Marnie Maguire Interviews Elizabeth Johnston at the Memoir Summit

October 27, 2017

You want to write but can't figure out how to start and where to get ideas. Check out the to kick-start your writing. It's free and happens online November 14 - 16, 2017. Grab your free ticket today at

In today's episode, I introduce Marnie Maguire who interviews Elizabeth Johnston about how to generate ideas for writing. Marnie Maguire is the co-author of Picture Perfect: The Story of Black's Photography published by the oldest independent publishing house in Canada, Goose Lane Editions. An independent spirit herself, her latest work, A Lick of Fire, is a novel in zine art form.

Marnie personal writing style can be described as a combination of magic realism and poetic grunge, but she is equally comfortable with writing more conventional pieces on commission. Synthesizing her writing experience with her doctoral research, Marnie facilitates truly meaningful workshops and memoir consultations for a broad spectrum of aspiring authors, including street youth, teen mothers, corporate professionals, seniors, as well as college and university students.


Lauri Mackey Speaks at the Memoir Summit

October 26, 2017

Have you ever wanted to write about your life? Then join us during the Memoir Summit on November 14 - 16, 2017. Grab your free ticket at An amazing array of best-selling authors and industry experts are gathered together for the Memoir Summit on November 14 - 16, 2017.

As of today there are 19 more days until the Summit begins on November 14th. One of the amazing speakers is Lauri Mackey. Lauri is the proprietor of Lauri’s Lemonade Stand, a Positivity Podcast for Women. And it’s through podcasting that I met Lauri over a year ago. Since then we have been each other’s cheerleader and accountability buddy in getting things done! It’s been a real gift to be able to connect to such a powerhouse of positivity through the miracle of the Internet because Lauri lives in California, and I’m in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In the context of the memoir summit, I wanted you to meet Lauri and learn from her about how she prepares the way for getting things done with passion and purpose. Lauri studies and teaches The Art of Holiatry which focuses on 3 main points of health and well-being: Physical which includes nourishment and movement, Psychological which includes your mind and spirit, and then how to bring that best self into the third branch of Social Life which is how you show up in your relationships. Lauri’s unique background of struggle through experience has her shouting from the rooftops that if she can come through it, anyone can!

During the interview with Lauri, you’ll learn how to development a writing practice, how to avoid procrastination, how to bypass those negative voices in your head and do what you really want to do so you advance in your writing goals. Lauri's interview entitled "Developing a Writing Practice Using Holiatry" airs on November 15, 2017.

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Poetry, Recipes & Memoir with Nicole Gulotta ~ Memoir Summit

October 25, 2017

Have you ever thought about writing about your life but wonder if you actually have enough “life experience” to warrant writing a book? Hi, I’m Elizabeth Johnston, author, professor and writing coach, and creator of The Memoir Summit, and over the many years of coaching aspiring writers, this doubt comes up frequently. The answer is there is always something you can write about. Everyone has a story to tell but you don’t have to tell it in the same way as everyone else. There are many ways to approaching your story and that is why in the Memoir Summit I’ve invited authors such as Nicole Gulotta who have done things differently.

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, editor, and tea drinker. She’s the author of Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry, and pens a food blog by the same name. Nicole lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and French bulldog.


Writing Envy with Camille DeAngelis - Memoir Summit

October 24, 2017

Countdown to the Memoir Summit on November 14 to 16, 2017. Grab your free ticket at

On today's episode, I introduce one of our awesome speakers, Camille DeAngelis. Camille is the author of the novels IMMACULATE HEART, MARY MODERN, PETTY MAGIC, and the Alex Award-winning BONES & ALL, as well as  an original guidebook, MOON IRELAND. Her book of practical philosophy, LIFE WITHOUT ENVY: Ego Management for Creative People, is her most recent, and her debut children's novel, THE BOY FROM TOMORROW, is forthcoming in 2018. Camille is also a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator. She lives in New England.



Wendy Reese Hartmann Speaks at the Memoir Summit

October 17, 2017

Introducing memoir summit speaker,Wendy Reese Hartmann. Wendy is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, mindfulness mentor, author, perspective prophet, clarity connector and host of The Whole Being Zone and Mindfulness Miracles on itunes and Stitcher. Learn more at

If you’ve ever started a writing project without finishing it, you won’t want to miss Wendy’s talk at the Memoir Summit. During our conversation, Wendy talks about laying the foundations for a consistent writing practice, how to deal with writers’ block and a lot more.

To join us at the summit go to to sign up, and

I’ll see you at the summit on November 14 to 16