A crisp spring

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It’s supposed to be spring right now but it’s not. Definitely not. Winter is hugging us tight and is not going to let us go. Usually during chilly February evenings …

Show, don’t tell

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I’ve been teaching a memoir writing workshop and for one class we talked about emotional writing and how to convey sentiment without using words like angry or happy. These words …

Never too young

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“You don’t have to be famous or old to write a memoir. We all have life stories to share at any age.” This is what I told Grade 5 students …

First snow

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When the snow starts flying in fall, it’s the most beautiful. The light outside turns silver. Not that thin autumn sunshine or grey-tinged gloominess. The air surrounding Calgary turns moist …

Anchorage House ghost

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Anchorage House is a beautiful old mansion sitting like a grand gentleman on the Mount Allison University campus. The old man has a white beard, white hair, wears a black …

Memoir as poem

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Memoirs aren’t strictly a written record of events. You can use poetry instead of prose. Both are expressions of creativity but poetry gives the writer, and reader, licence to use …

Summer, summertime

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It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime! ~Kenny Chesney Memoirs don’t always have to be short stories or masterpieces. They can be a …