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  • The Lives of Fallen Soldiers: Writing the Biographies for Going Down of the Sun

    by Philip G. Winkelaar     “I made an appointment with the niece I’d been told about, and was rewarded with tea and some family stories. It turned out that she had documentary evidence in the form of letters — from the deceased and his brothers, who had also served. In that moment I realized […]

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  • She Writes, Indeed, an essay by Suzanne Adam

        Suzanne Adam and I met in 2010, while I was leading writing workshops at Los Parronales Writers’ Retreat in Santiago, Chile. I was a structural editor for her first memoir, Marrying Santiago, which was later awarded the 2016 Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award. Suzanne, a member of the long-running Santiago Writers, is about to […]

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  • The Soap Box, a Toronto-Based Small Press, Co-Hosts Publishing Fair, November 17, 2018

    Guest post by Tali Voron     Every step of The Soap Box journey has been exciting, but so far 2018 has been a whirlwind. And best of all, it will culminate in a special event, From Pen to Published, taking place in downtown Toronto on November 17, from 12 to 7 p.m. This publishing […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: May 30, 2018

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And drop by to see this week’s contributions from my writer-photographer friends across Canada: 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 on writing NEW: The Things We Keep […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: May 24, 2018

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And drop by to see this week’s contributions from my writer-photographer friends across Canada: 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 on writing NEW: The Things We […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: March 28, 2018

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And drop by to see this week’s contributions from my writer-photographer friends across Canada: 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 on writing NEW: The Things We […]

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  • The Things We Keep, a guest post by Lesley Butler

        What things do we keep? When you move, what do you choose to take with you? What do you want close at hand? And what have you left behind in the various places you’ve called home? Are these physical things, or are they memories, feelings, ideas? These were the questions at the heart […]

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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