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  • Wordless Wednesday: March 28, 2018

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And drop by to see this week’s contributions from my writer-photographer friends across Canada: 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 on writing NEW: The Things We […]

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  • The Things We Keep, a guest post by Lesley Butler

        What things do we keep? When you move, what do you choose to take with you? What do you want close at hand? And what have you left behind in the various places you’ve called home? Are these physical things, or are they memories, feelings, ideas? These were the questions at the heart […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 10, 2018

      Scroll through more of my photos here. And these writer-photographer friends, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, have word-less but thought-ful posts to share:

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 3, 2018

          Scroll through more of my photos here. And these writer-photographer friends, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, have word-less but thought-ful posts to share: 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 on writing From […]

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  • From the Archives: Five Tips for Memoir Writers by award-winning author Lawrence Hill

      Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books including the novels The Book of Negroes and The Illegal, and the non-fiction books  Blood: the Stuff of Life, and Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning. He is a winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth […]

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  • Writer Sandra Shaw Homer, at Home in Costa Rica, Interviewed on VoicePenPurpose

        Writer Sandra Shaw Homer, whom many of my students and retreat participants know of by now, was recently interviewed by writing coach Amy Brooks for the VoicePenPurpose postcast series. In Episode 37, Amy chats with Sandra about the life experiences that have fuelled her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, including her travel memoir Letters from […]

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  • Season's Greetings! Wordless Wednesday: December 27, 2017

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And these writer-photographer friends, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, have word-less but thought-ful posts to share:

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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.

I was interviewed on TVO’s The Agenda in August 2016. You can watch the episode here: The Art of Memoir.

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