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  • (Not So) Wordless Wednesday: 84

    Something a little different this week for Wordless Wednesday — a family-history related set of photos. I’ll explain more in the Comments. (Click photos to enlarge.)         Postcard text: This is the photo of the model mansion with the 300 servants, given by Sir George Cooper to his only son on his […]

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  • Will Come the Words: Kristen den Hartog's creative space

        KRISTEN DEN HARTOG lives and writes in Toronto, Canada.   What I like about my space Mine is a very basic space, but it suits me. Best are the heaps of books on my shelves, and the pictures of and by my daughter, and the bits and pieces of cluttery mementoes, like a […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 83

    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. (Email Subscribers: Please click blue post title to view.)     Scroll through more of my photos […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 82

    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. (Email Subscribers: Please click blue post title to view.)     Scroll through more of my photos […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 81

    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 Wordless Wednesday contributions from […]

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  • Seven Treasures: On Stuff that "Digs In," guest post by author Alice Kuipers

    Bestselling author ALICE KUIPERS was born in London. She moved to Canada in 2003. Her first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, was published in 28 countries and won several awards. Since then, she has published two further award-winning YA novels internationally, with a fourth, The Death of Us, released earlier this month. Alice has three […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 80

    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 Wordless Wednesday contributions from […]

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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