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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 95

        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 this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions […]

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  • Annette Kuhn on Family Secrets in Memoir

    “… a family without secrets is rare indeed. People who live in families make every effort to keep certain things concealed from the rest of the world, and at times from each other as well. Things will be lied about, or simply never mentioned. Sometimes family secrets are so deeply buried that they elude the […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 94

        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 this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions […]

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  • Memoir and the Art of Memory by Amy Friedman

      In every memoir and personal essay class I teach, one anxiety-arousing subject always comes up: How can I be sure this is true? Students ask the question. They worry about what they can’t remember and they wonder if what they do remember is accurate. What, they ask, if my sister remembers this story differently? […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 93

        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 this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 92

        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 this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions […]

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  • Author Rebecca Silver Slayter on Why "Nothing Is Lost"

        I believe one of the great privileges of being a writer is that there is a use — the possibility of a productive end — for everything you encounter. Life is so full that every day we witness great beauty or insight or deeply felt sentiment . . . and then we move […]

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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