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  • Wordless Wednesday: August 16, 2017

      Scroll through more of my photos here. And my writer-photographer friends, who hail from across the country, British Columbia to Newfoundland, also have some wordlessness to share: 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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  • Wordless Wednesday: August 9, 2017 (yes, it's been a while!)

        Scroll through more of my photos here. And check out this week’s Wordless Wednesday contributions from 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 on writing […]

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  • 12 Book Event Marketing Tips from Novelist Elinor Florence

      Canadian journalist ELINOR FLORENCE, who lives in the Canadian mountain resort town of Invermere, British Columbia, has written for daily newspapers and magazines including Reader’s Digest. Her first historical novel, Bird’s Eye View, was published by Dundurn Press of Toronto (October 2014). Back in April 2015, Elinor wrote a blog post HERE explaining what she learned […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: May 31, 2017

        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: May 17, 2017

        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: April 5, 2017

        This is a bit of a cheat: a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) on a Wordless Wednesday.   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 […]

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  • Spit and Polish: Self-Editing Workshop with Allyson Latta

    IMPORTANT NOTICE My April 8 workshop has been relocated to St. Thomas Anglican Church, 4 Mary Street, Bracebridge, Ontario. Registration for the workshop will close tonight, April 5. Please contact David Patterson to register: phone 705-999-1313 or email david.patterson@alumni.utoronto.ca  

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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.

I was interviewed on TVO’s The Agenda in August 2016. You can watch the episode here: The Art of Memoir.

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