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  • Wordless Wednesday, March 8, 2017: International Women's Day

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions from some of my Canadian writer-photographer friends, coast to coast: 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 […]

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  • Literary Nude, an essay by Carin Makuz

        Sometime in my early twenties I wandered into a gallery of contemporary abstract art in Edmonton. It’s possible I was just getting out of the cold for a minute. Art hadn’t yet entered my life in a big way, and I’d certainly had no exposure to abstract work. Seeing it fill a room, […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: February 15, 2017

      Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions from some of my Canadian writer-photographer friends, coast to coast: 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 […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 25, 2017

      Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions from some of my Canadian writer-photographer friends, coast to coast: 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 […]

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  • Suitcase of Memories: How a treasure trove of family photos led to a published novel

      Guest Post by Susan Johnson Cameron At a family reunion a few years ago, one of my cousins entrusted me with this suitcase, packed with old photos, postcards, and mementos, some preserved since the last century. This collection of keepsakes sprouted the seed of an idea for a story and nurtured a creative writing […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 18, 2017

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions from some of my Canadian writer-photographer friends, coast to coast: 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 […]

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  • The Mirror That Is Memoir — a guest post by Dace Mara Zacs-Koury

      My father’s death and burial in 1994 in Latvia, and my subsequent discovery of a dark family secret dating back to the Second World War compelled me to write. I knew little of his or Latvia’s past, and so I set about talking to relatives, revisiting overseas, learning Latvian, and digging into historical research, […]

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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