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  • "An Artful Arrangement of Truth": Interview with author Lee Martin (Part 1)

    “I believe that memoir isn’t an exact record of experience but instead an artful arrangement of truth that creates a specific experience for readers.” ~ Lee Martin   LEE MARTIN is the author of the novels The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven; Quakertown; and Break the Skin. […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: 85

    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 these Wordless Wednesday contributions from […]

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  • (Not So) Wordless Wednesday: 84

    Something a little different this week for Wordless Wednesday — a family-history related set of photos. I’ll explain more in the Comments. (Click photos to enlarge.)         Postcard text: This is the photo of the model mansion with the 300 servants, given by Sir George Cooper to his only son on his […]

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  • Will Come the Words: Kristen den Hartog's creative space

        KRISTEN DEN HARTOG lives and writes in Toronto, Canada.   What I like about my space Mine is a very basic space, but it suits me. Best are the heaps of books on my shelves, and the pictures of and by my daughter, and the bits and pieces of cluttery mementoes, like a […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 83

    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. (Email Subscribers: Please click blue post title to view.)     Scroll through more of my photos […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 82

    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. (Email Subscribers: Please click blue post title to view.)     Scroll through more of my photos […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 81

    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 these Wordless Wednesday contributions from […]

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  • My April 2015 writing retreat will take place at Mystica Lodge in Costa Rica, near the shores of Lake Arenal. There is currently one spot still available. Please contact me at lattamemoirs [at] gmail.com to inquire or apply.

  • I’m pleased to be presenting a workshop on the role of secrets in writing at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, February 2015. During the conference I’ll also take part in a panel discussion on memoir writing with Dinty Moore, Joyce Maynard, and others.

  • CATHERINE GILDINER is my guest for the current session of Memories into Story I (UofT SCS, online). She’s a novelist and author of three memoirs, Too Close to the Falls, After the Falls, and Coming Ashore.

  • Previous guests for my UofT course include Adair Lara, Peter Behrens, Lee Martin, Beth Powning, Will Ferguson, Rona Maynard, Claire Dederer, Dave Bidini, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and for my retreats here and abroad, Shannon Moroney, Michelle Berry, Alexandra Leggat, Dan Gilmore (Tucson, US), Sandra Shaw Homer (Costa Rica), William Deverell (Costa Rica), Oonya Kempadoo (Grenada), and Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad).

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

  • ANANSY MAGAZINE featured Spice Isle Writing & Yoga Retreat 2013 (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 at the top of the page 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