Memoir Writing Coach
Testimonials for Tammy L. Coia


Dear Tammy, It was a privilege to be in your class.  You are a wonderful teacher, facilitator and human being. You definitely bring out the best in your students!  Your material is fantastic.  I admire your Perseverance, drive and diligence in conceiving, writing, and assembling the material… well done! Rochelle from Washington


Until I met Tammy, I was afraid to let anyone see my writing.  She made it safe.  Through her advice, encouragement, and support, I was able to complete my first draft — I wrote more than 200 pages.
Thank you, Tammy! Virginia Simpson


Amherst writing is a spontaneous response to a previously unknown prompt.  It’s a gut reaction that presents an opportunity to write in a variety of styles and genre, for the pure joy of writing.
Jo Anne Gill Palm Springs, Ca


Tammy Coia has provided a forum in which to share her passion with like hearts through Women’s Writing Workshops. She has created a safe and encouraging environment where we women can reveal our vulnerabilities and fully connect with our true selves. Her writing lessons are thought provoking and intertwined with practical self-esteem building exercises.

Aside from the instructional elements that Tammy imparts, she readily displays her warm personality and enthusiasm for her craft. She motivates us with positive reinforcement and she is an absolute pleasure to be around. Women’s Writing Workshops has been a wonderful experience for me on many levels and I urge any and all women who have any interest in documenting their lives to take Tammy’s class.

Aimee Mosco, La Quinta, CA.


If I’m absolutely honest, I’d have to admit that I didn’t have high expectations around the value I’d receive from Tammy Coia’s Writing  Workshop for Women. My judgment had nothing to do with Tammy,  a woman I’d never met, or with the stated Workshop goals I found on  her website.

My judgment had everything to do with my fear of exposing any  part of my creative self to a group of strangers! What I discovered  about myself in Week Two of Session 1: Living a Legacy-Discovering Yourself, was a gift I will forever be grateful for in my life’s journey as  I write and create.

Tammy’s weekly topics and writing lessons initially stuck me as  benign on the surface; however, with each new thought, question or  writing lesson, I found great value in the power they had to bring forth  profound connections I’d never made and memories I’d long forgotten.

I am newly inspired and grateful for having met Tammy Coia and the  remarkable women in her Workshops who embraced each other’s  offerings with pure acceptance and support. I simply cannot wait to return to Palm Springs next winter to attend more sessions!

Terrie Ten Eyck, Minneapolis, MN


Katrina Bias’s learned her memoir lessons well from The Memoir Coach, Tammy Coia.  Katrina’s memoir, Lessons Learned, is dignified, honest, funny poignant.  I could hear Katrina’s “voice” as I read her words.  Nice job writing, Katrina!  Great job coaching, Tammy.

Pat Erickson
Author of memoir, Stifle Yourself, Edith


Thanks for your brilliant Amherst course – definitely the best I’ve taken.It’s  subtle and grows on you.  I can hide within it and write in the third person and no one knows whether it’s fact or fiction. It’s all about  feelings. We all “shared” our thoughts and were  able to comment about what we liked in the piece, what the strongest point was and what we would best remember. My fellow writers definitely inspired me and  I’ve done the best writing of my life.

Peter McCabe Palm Springs, Ca


Hi Tammy

I hope this note finds you well.

My Palm Springs holiday is over and I’m back home in Canada once again. Your 3rd Annual Women’s Conference was the highlight of my trip to Palm Springs so I just wanted to write and say thanks so very much.

Due to your Conference, I had two very exciting days of meeting amazing women and hearing spectacular presentations. I just have to ask you HOW MANY running medals do you have? I lost count. How every inspiring your talk was. What challenges will each of us take on because of your talk – it will be fun to hear next year when we all compare notes.

Your 4th Annual Women’s Conference is certainly on my calendar to attend again next year and I do plan to bring others with me. If you have a mailing list, please put me, or keep me, on it and I’ll also check in with your site from time to time to stay updated.

All the best and thanks again – what an inspiring event and a marvelous opportunity to meet so many productive and enthusiastic writers.



Please spread the word about my writing workshops — the best form of advertising is always from one friend to another! Feel free to share my website to friends who may want to write their memoir. Introduce them to the wonder of sharing their story… Thank you!
Tammy L. Coia

Dear Tammy, Just a quick pause to tell you how I valued the two hours I spent with you to discuss my memoir….. (had you all to myself!!!) Wanted to tell you how much It meant, encouraging me to build on my thoughts of how “life’s ironies” have contributed to my success in life. Your suggestions to build on this theme throughout my story, immediately released me to do exactly that. Additionally, a piece I recently wrote concerning this and read to you because I wasn’t sure where it belonged, you cleared the air and suggested it should be the final chapter, as it reflected my concluding thoughts, a summarizing statement acknowledging the empowerment of life’s lessons. . . . . Many thanks to you.

Sincerely, Joan Suter

"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
Wendy Price, Palm Desert, CA

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.