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The guest author for my upcoming session of Memories into Story: Life Writing (online), at University of Toronto, is LEE MARTIN, author of four novels, including one Pulitzer Prize finalist (The Bright Forever), and three memoirs. Visit his website at

Our guest speaker for my 2014 Spice Isle Writing & Yoga Retreat in Grenada (April 6 to 13) was LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI, an award-winning journalist, columnist, writer of fiction and poetry, and editor. Lisa is currently the first Dame Hilda Bynoe writer-in-residence at St. George’s University, Grenada.

NYC chef and bestselling memoirist GABRIELLE HAMILTON (Blood, Bones & Butter) was guest author for the Winter 2014 session of my University of Toronto SCS course Memories into Story II. Watch for her interview soon on my blog.

Guests for my past courses and writing retreats include Will Ferguson, Peter Behrens, Michelle Berry, Alexandra Leggat, Helen Humphreys, William Deverell, Beth Powning, Rona Maynard, Oonya Kempadoo, Dave Bidini, Dan Gilmore, Sandra Shaw Homer, and Claire Dederer.

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 above 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