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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 78

    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 contributions to Wordless Wednesday […]

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  • Mother, Chef, NYC Restaurateur, Author: Interview with busy memoirist Gabrielle Hamilton (Part 1)

    Note to Subscribers: I confused a few of you last week with the new instructions for viewing my Wordless Wednesday photo. Clicking the blue title (an active link) of that post in your email took you directly to the page on my website, where you could view the post in its proper format. I hadn’t […]

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  • (Not So) Wordless Wednesday photo: 77

    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.   Moon-struck by Shirley Kolanchey   “How does the moon hang in the sky?” she asked expectantly, […]

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  • Using Creole, and Other Regional Dialects, in Writing: guest post by Lisa Allen-Agostini

    Whether to use dialect in memoir and fiction writing, how much to use, and in what way to use it — these issues come up often in my work as an editor. Students in my courses and workshops, many of them from parts of Canada that feature local dialects, or from other English-speaking countries or with family […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 76

    Need a writing prompt? Look no further. 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 […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 75

    Need a writing prompt? Look no further. 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 […]

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  • Dipping My Toes in Grenadian Waters: My first residential writers' retreat

    Guest Post by Janet Weiss-Townsend     I’m not a person who’s compelled to write. And I’m not a writer since childhood. I’m a reader since forever — but to write? I need a push. During school, I was the “finish my essay at 3 a.m. the night before it’s due” kind of writer. I did […]

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News

  • I’ll be presenting a workshop at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in February 2015. More on that anon.

  • My guest for the current session of Memories into Story I (UofT SCS, online) is LEE MARTIN, author of four novels, including one Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Bright Forever, and three memoirs. Visit www.leemartinauthor.com.

  • SHANNON MORONEY will be my guest for Turquoise Waters Writers’  Retreat in the Kawartha Lakes (July 2104). She is author of the memoir Through the Glass.

  • My guest for Spice Isle Writing & Yoga Retreat in Grenada (April 2014) was LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI, an award-winning journalist, columnist, writer of fiction and poetry, and editor. Lisa was at the time the first Dame Hilda Bynoe writer-in-residence at St. George’s University, Grenada.

  • Watch for my UofT students’ interview with NYC chef and bestselling memoirist GABRIELLE HAMILTON (Blood, Bones & Butter) soon on this site.

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

  • ANANSY MAGAZINE featured my 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