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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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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 101

        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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  • Santiago Writers: Fourteen years and three anthologies later, still going strong

    In 2010, I was invited to teach memoir writing in residence at Los Parronales Writers’ Retreat in Chile — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The two-week retreat was organized by Susan Siddeley, a Canadian writer who had participated in one of my workshop series at North York Central Library. Susan and her husband own a charming vineyard […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday photo: 100

        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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  • 12 Book Marketing Dos and Don'ts from Novelist Elinor Florence

    Canadian career journalist ELINOR FLORENCE, who lives in the 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). Months before her book was released, Elinor began her marketing campaign. Here she […]

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  • Congratulations, Carin Makuz, finalist in the 2015 Toronto Star Short Story Contest

    If you subscribe to my website, or even check in frequently, you’ll be familiar with Carin Makuz and her photography at Matilda Magtree (where she writes as well, and beautifully). She’s one of my small Wordless Wednesday group, each member of which once a week publishes a photo-to-inspire. Once upon a time, she took part in […]

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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