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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 18, 2017

        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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  • The Mirror That Is Memoir — a guest post by Dace Mara Zacs-Koury

      My father’s death and burial in 1994 in Latvia, and my subsequent discovery of a dark family secret dating back to the Second World War compelled me to write. I knew little of his or Latvia’s past, and so I set about talking to relatives, revisiting overseas, learning Latvian, and digging into historical research, […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 11, 2017

        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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  • On Creating a Goal, and Other Tips for Travel Writers

        In “10 Tips for Writing Travel Articles,” Dan Linstead, travel editor of Wanderlust travel magazine, offers some of the best advice I’ve seen. Many of my creative writing students want to write travel memoirs but have trouble finding the “story” in their trip, or identifying and pursuing a goal that the reader will […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 4, 2017

    This one’s especially for Barbara.     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, […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: December 14, 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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  • Quotables: "At some point in my life I decided that I was going to write like hell": 15 writing tips from Nick Ripatrazone (The Millions)

      I once took a novel writing course that my professor said would stretch us to our limits. It did. I hated the draft of my novel: all that seemed to happen is that my characters would go on walks through the woods to a pond, fish, talk, and repeat. One night when my roommate […]

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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