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  • Wordless Wednesday: February 3, 2016

      Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. I hope this one will bring to mind a memory or stimulate your imagination. Perhaps it will even inspire you to try your hand at some flash (super short) or long memoir or fiction, or a […]

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  • Seven: On learning to embrace revision

    Guest post by Alexandra Risen   I haven’t been a debut writer forever. It just feels that way. Likely because of how often I revise-restructure-rewrite-rethink-reword-reassess-review. Enough times to learn one thing: Even if you are writing memoir, the truth can be said myriad ways and almost always better than the last time you said it. […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 27, 2016

        Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. I hope this one will bring to mind a memory or stimulate your imagination. Perhaps it will even inspire you to try your hand at some flash (super short) or long memoir or fiction, or […]

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  • Traces of What Was: a memoir by Steve Rotschild

    Inspired by a line from novelist Lydia Millet — “We live in what we leave behind” — Steve Rotschild began writing his memoir, Traces of What Was, at the age of 70. It was 2003, and he had realized he was the only one who knew the full story of what had happened to their […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 20, 2016

        Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. I hope this one will bring to mind a memory or stimulate your imagination. Perhaps it will even inspire you to try your hand at some flash (super short) or long memoir or fiction, or […]

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  • Lessons in Bonsai (and Writing): guest post by Sandra Shaw Homer

    SANDRA SHAW HOMER was a guest speaker at my first Costa Rica writers’ retreat (2012) and a co-organizer for my second (2015).     I can’t imagine why my father picked up a copy of La Nación, because he couldn’t read a word of Spanish. But serendipitously he happened upon a two-page spread about a […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: January 6, 2016

        Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. I hope this one will bring to mind a memory or stimulate your imagination. Perhaps it will even inspire you to try your hand at some flash (super short) or long memoir or fiction, or […]

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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

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.

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” ~ Carson McCullers