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  • "I just have a quirky way of looking at the world": Interview with three-time memoirist Catherine Gildiner

    CATHERINE GILDINER is the author of three memoirs and a novel. Too Close to the Falls (1999) was a New York Times and Globe and Mail bestseller. This was followed by two sequels, also bestsellers, After the Falls (2009) and Coming Ashore (2014). Catherine lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visit her at www.catherinegildiner.com, or at her […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 108

          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 inspire your creative writing. Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions from some of my […]

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  • "Each Step Through the Ice Is a Wish": an essay by Pamela Dillon (published in the Globe and Mail, Facts & Arguments)

        “These are my co-ordinates: 43°28’1.19”S 170°11’29.5”E. I stand at the landing zone atop the rough ice field of the Franz Josef Glacier, on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. I have journeyed by plane, in a bus, a car, two trains and finally by helicopter; 18,777 kilometres and 23 […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 107

        Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. If my photo brings to mind a memory or inspires your creative writing, I hope you’ll share a comment below. Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions […]

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  • A Sense of Place: Mystica Writing & Yoga Retreat

    Guest post by Sandra Shaw Homer     The theme of this year’s writing retreat (a series of workshops — we all worked hard!), a Sense of Place, was perfectly chosen, as it was my strong sense of place that inspired me to suggest that Allyson Latta hold it here on Lake Arenal. Ever since […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: photo 106

            Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. If my photo brings to mind a memory or inspires your creative writing, I hope you’ll share a comment below. Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless […]

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  • Heart-to-Hearts with Father on Russo-Finnish War Inform Liisa Kovala's Family Memoir

    Guest Post by Liisa Kovala     I always knew my father had a story to tell. I’d heard snippets of it around the dinner table as I was growing up, but not enough to make sense of what really had happened to him. Even as a teenager, I had every intention of writing a […]

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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