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  • Wordless Wednesday: August 10, 2016

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions from some of my Canadian writer-photographer friends, coast to coast: Allison Howard (PhotoAlly) Barbara Lambert Carin Makuz (Matilda Magtree) Cheryl Andrews Elizabeth Yeoman (Wunderkamera)   To subscribe to my blog and receive occasional posts, click HERE.   Recent posts […]

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  • Coming Up: Writer to editor, Michelle Berry interviews Allyson Latta

    My students have always enjoyed asking questions of the guest authors I’ve brought to my online courses and writers’ retreats (such as Sheryl Gordon, pictured at left), but at the end of the spring session, a few of them said they’d actually like to interview me and find out more about what I do and […]

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  • On the Legacy of Nature and Family, the Writing "Puzzle," and How Inspired Readers Give Back: Interview with Alexandra Risen, author of the memoir Unearthed

    ALEXANDRA RISEN’s Unearthed: Love, Acceptance and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden is her meditation on our interconnectedness with nature and family, a memoir published this summer in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and in Canada by Penguin Random House. She is one of three founding editors of the online literary magazine Don’t Talk […]

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  • Allyson Latta Talks Memoir Tonight on TVO's The Agenda

    This is kind of exciting. Journalist Nam Kiwanuka of TVO’s The Agenda  interviewed me as part of a weeklong series on  memoir writing. My interview airs tonight, August 8, 2016, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. There will also be a link available on the TVO website for later viewing. I hope you’ll tune in. […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: July 6, 2016

    A wee bit o’ summertime whimsy. (Okay, yes, I know those are words.)     Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. I hope this one will bring to mind a memory or stimulate your imagination. Perhaps it will even inspire you to write […]

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  • Seek an Agent Who Takes the Long View: Advice for writers from literary agent Marie Campbell

    MARIE CAMPBELL is a senior agent and partner with the Transatlantic Agency, based in Toronto, Canada. She joined Transatlantic in 2003 and represents writers of children’s fiction for ages 8+.       AL: At what stage should a writer think about looking for an agent? MC: There is no hard and fast rule here, as […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: June 1, 2016

        Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. I hope this one will bring to mind a memory or stimulate your imagination. Perhaps it will even inspire you to write — memoir, fiction, or a poem. If it does, please let me know […]

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Welcome to my website

You may be thinking about writing for yourself, or for family and friends, or because you dream of publishing your memoirs. All life writing grows from the same seeds: your unique memories. Begin today, and see what flowers

As well as being an independent structural (substantive) editor, I’m a creative writing teacher specializing in memoir and personal essay writing. This website was conceived as an online resource to help my students and other developing writers. Scroll my Blog or click specific Categories (see sidebar) to find more thoughts on writing, interviews, guest posts, news of my students’ writing successes, and tips for writers. Discover ideas here that will spur your reading and writing.

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” ~ Carson McCullers