Weam Namou, founder:
Weam Namou is an Eric Hoffer award-winning author of 13 books, a speaker, journalist, and filmmaker. She is vice president of Detroit Working Writers (DWW), a 118-year-old professional writing association, and serves as an Ambassador for the Authors Guild of America, the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers. Namou hosts a weekly half-hour TV show on Community Media Network in Troy, Michigan. She’s also founder of The Path of Consciousness, a spiritual and writing community.
Her book, The Great American Family: A Story of Political Disenchantment, won a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award and three of her memoir book series received acclaimed reviews by Publishers Weekly. Francis Coppola, the director of the Godfather Saga, and the staff of Zoetrope and Academy Nicholl Fellowship selected Namou’s script “Pomegranate” as a 2017 quarter-finalist. Last year she completed her first feature documentary The Great American Family and is now focusing on her films and teaching others how to achieve their dreams through writing and the arts.
Namou received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Wayne State University, studied fiction and memoir through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She has given readings, lectures, and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in national and international journals. In 2012, she received an Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award from Erootha, a local arts organization.
She is a certified Reiki Master, Health Facilitator, a Sikkim Guardian, an ordained minister, and a graduate of best-selling author Lynn Andrews’ 4-year course of study and training in the sacred healing art.
- Authors Guild of America (Ambassador)
- Detroit Working Writers (vice president)
- Metro Detroit Book and Author Society (Board Member)
- WISDOM )Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Detroit
- National Association of Black Journalists (member)
- Arab America (ambassador)
- Pachamama Alliance (facilitator)
- Mesopotamian Art Forum (member)
Born in Baghdad as a Chaldean, I come from a long lineage of Babylonian healers, wordsmiths, and book lovers. I was raised in America, I’ve traveled the world, wrote a dozen books, and was taught the art of living by the most amazing healers in America.
My rich Babylonian heritage which dates back thousands of years, my educational background, my teachings with spiritual masters, and my travels around the world have helped me make connections with people from different walks of life. I gained valuable knowledge and a sense of culture from each place, adopting the good and leaving the not so good as I formulated the life I desired as a wife, mother of two, an author, filmmaker, and speaker.
The most important thing that I learned is that we help write the story of our lives through our thoughts, words, and actions.
Namou’s four-part memoir series about her four-year apprenticeship in Lynn V. Andrews mysticism school received acclaimed reviews by Publishers Weekly
Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World: My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School