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  • Wordless Wednesday: December 7, 2016

          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 […]

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  • "Warm life preserved by the pen": Memoirist Laurie Lee and the valley he loved

        Some places capture your heart because they are yours, and others, because they belong to someone whose words weave a spell that draws you in. My husband and I were on an autumn vacation in the Cotwolds and on our way to Sheepscombe, a picturesque village in Gloucestershire, when I realized how close […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: October 26, 2016

        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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  • Quotables: Dani Shapiro on the Serial Memoirist's Plight

    “But some readers of memoir are looking for secrets, for complete transparency on the part of the author, as if the point is confession, and the process of reading memoir, a voyeuristic one. This idea of transparency troubles me, and is, I think, at the root of the serial memoirist’s plight. My goal when I […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: October 12, 2016

        We recently challenged ourselves to take a photo of a treasured older item — possibly one that might seem odd, to other people, for us to have kept. Here’s mine. And yes, there’s a story behind it.   Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: August 30, 2016

        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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  • Wordless Wednesday: August 24, 2016

        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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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.

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