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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 89

    Dear Subscribers: Note that this is my first post with the service MailChimp. I hope you’ll receive the post properly. Please let me know if you don’t. You may have to change your settings to avoid posts being diverted into your spam filter.     We seem to have a summer theme happening today. Each […]

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  • Eric Gainer's Memories of His Artisan Father Published in Globe and Mail Facts & Arguments

    Eric Gainer, a former student in my online writing course Memories into Story I, recently published a moving memoir about his relationship with his father in the Globe and Mail’s Facts & Arguments section: “Despite His Ailing Health, My Father Is Still a Meticulous Artisan.” Looking down at my once-beautiful, Art Nouveau-style Tiffany floor lamp, […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: 88

        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 diverse contributions to Wordless […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: 87

        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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  • Book Review: Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Nina Sankovitch

        by Allison Howard There is something enticing and irresistibly voyeuristic about reading the personal letters of others. They offer a rare peep into the window of the writer’s private life. In Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014, Simon & Schuster), Nina Sankovitch opens that window a little wider for us. Her discovery of a trunk […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: 86

    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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  • "An Artful Arrangement of Truth": Interview with author Lee Martin (Part 2)

    Read Part 1 here. “When we announce [our experiences] through the art of writing, we have to do something with them. It helps us move on.” ~ Lee Martin   You used alphabetically ordered subtitles in the short memoir “Heart Sounds.” Why did you decide on that structure? The stroke was an overwhelming experience for me, […]

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  • My April 2015 writing retreat will take place at Mystica Lodge in Costa Rica, near the shores of Lake Arenal. There is currently one spot still available. Please contact me at lattamemoirs [at] gmail.com to inquire or apply.

  • I’m pleased to be presenting a workshop on the role of secrets in writing at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, February 2015. During the conference I’ll also take part in a panel discussion on memoir writing with Dinty Moore, Joyce Maynard, and others.

  • CATHERINE GILDINER is my guest for the current session of Memories into Story I (UofT SCS, online). She’s a novelist and author of three memoirs, Too Close to the Falls, After the Falls, and Coming Ashore.

  • Previous guests for my UofT course include Adair Lara, Peter Behrens, Lee Martin, Beth Powning, Will Ferguson, Rona Maynard, Claire Dederer, Dave Bidini, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and for my retreats here and abroad, Shannon Moroney, Michelle Berry, Alexandra Leggat, Dan Gilmore (Tucson, US), Sandra Shaw Homer (Costa Rica), William Deverell (Costa Rica), Oonya Kempadoo (Grenada), and Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad).

  • The Writer magazine included my website in “The Writer List: 16 of Our Favorite Writing Blogs and Websites” (March 2012).

  • ANANSY MAGAZINE featured 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