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  • 8 Tips for Memoir Writers from Author Beth Powning

     1. The memoir is more than historical. Memory is a vehicle to explore a question you need to find and then to discover the answer to that question. The search must be as fascinating to you as it is to the reader. Write not to record but to DISCOVER. 2. Believe in the value of […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: May 18, 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 in […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: May 11, 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 in […]

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  • "Once the stories were collected, it was obvious I was grieving": Interview with Plum Johnson on her memoir They Left Us Everything

        “I love to write stories (I call them “scenes”) and often write them without regard for a narrative thread. For me, it’s like putting different colours on a palette before I start painting; I don’t know which colours I might need later, but I want all the options.”   PLUM JOHNSON is an […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: April 20, 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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  • Culture Dock: New app encourages travellers and the culturally curious to share impressions through images

    Guest post by Kendall Hunter     Awhile back, while bouncing around in the back of a taxi in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I was listening to my teenage daughter talk as she absorbed scenery unlike anything she’d seen before. “Mom, I love the world so much more, now that I’m taking pictures of it.” In […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: April 6, 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