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  • Happy Canada Day! (Wordless Wednesday: 105)

        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: 104

        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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  • On Metaphors for Love: Interview with memoirist Tilya Gallay Helfield

        Tilya Gallay Helfield launched her story collection, Metaphors for Love, last night at Holy Blossom Cultural Centre’s new Salon Series. She was a participant in several of my workshops over the years, both online (Ryerson University, Days Road Writers’ Workshops) and classroom (Koffler Centre of the Arts). I also worked with her as […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 103

        The quality may be lacking in this one (it was taken with my cell phone through the windshield), but I couldn’t resist sharing it. 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 […]

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  • I Know Why I’m Telling You This, an essay by Karen Matthews

    Edmonton-based Karen Matthews and Judy Sillito are partners in Weasel Tale, a company that facilitates workshops on digital storytelling. I recently invited the two women to present workshops as part of my annual summer Turquoise Waters Writers’ Retreat in the Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, where I’ll be leading workshops as well. I have an enthusiastic returning […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 102

      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 from […]

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  • "Be Creative Yet Real": The Malahat Review 2015 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

        Polish up your best creative nonfiction story! The Malahat Review, one of Canada’s premier literary magazines, runs an annual creative nonfiction contest to honour former editor Constance Rooke (1942−2008). The competition runs until August 1, 2015, and accepts submissions from Canada, the United States, and overseas. The prize of CDN$1000 goes to one winner, […]

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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

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