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Our guest speaker for my upcoming 2014 Spice Isle Writing & Yoga Retreat in Grenada is the Grenadian-born RICHARDO KEENS-DOUGLAS, well known in Canada and the Caribbean as an actor, children’s author, playwright, radio and television host, and storyteller.

NYC chef and bestselling memoirist GABRIELLE HAMILTON (Blood, Bones & Butter) was guest author for the Winter 2014 session of my University of Toronto SCS course Memories into Story II.

Guest authors for my past courses and writing retreats include Will Ferguson, Peter Behrens, Michelle Berry, Alexandra Leggat, Helen Humphreys, William Deverell, Beth Powning, Rona Maynard, Oonya Kempadoo, Dave Bidini, Dan Gilmore, Sandra Shaw Homer, and Claire Dederer.

All Decent Animals, the latest book by novelist and screenwriter OONYA KEMPADOO, made Oprah’s 2013 Summer Reading List. Oonya was guest speaker for my 2013 Spice Isle Writing & Yoga Retreat in Grenada.

The Writer magazine named my website one of “The Writer List: 16 of Our Favorite Writing Blogs and Websites” (March 2012).

ANANSY MAGAZINE featured my Spice Isle Writing & Yoga Retreat (Grenada) in its article “Yoga Retreats in the Caribbean: Top 9 Picks.”

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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.

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 also share one of my “Wordless Wednesday” photographs on this site weekly. Use these as writing prompts — please comment if one sparks your memory or imagination — or just enjoy!

Click Workshops above for scheduled courses (including my online memoir writing course for University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies), workshops, retreats, and speaking engagements.

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