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Memoir Editor Denis Ledoux

Denis Ledoux

Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Denis Ledoux is the founder, director, and editor-in-chief of The Memoir Network, and its predecessor, The Soleil Lifestory Network, and the author of the classic  Turning Memories Into Memoirs, A Handbook for Writing Lifestories, and originator of the Turning Memories® Workshops.

He has worked with thousands of first-time and experienced writers through his workshops, as a writing editor, coach, and ghostwriter.

Denis holds a master’s degree in education and, in another life, taught English, creative writing, French, and Latin at both the high school and university levels. He especially enjoys the challenges of working with writers of all levels of accomplishment to craft insightful and well-written memoir out of  personal and family histories.

He was twice chosen for a Maine Individual Writing Fellowship and his collection of short stories, Mountain Dance, was selected for a Maine Fiction Award.

Denis Ledoux lives and works in his native Maine.

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Chris Madsen

Associate Editor

Christine Madsen was a writer and editor for eight years at The Christian Science Monitor, where she won a regional award for her series on women and sports. At the Monitor, she says, she learned “to work in those telling details that make a story come alive.”

As an editor, she has worked with beginning writers as well as Pulitzer Prize winners in a variety of genres.

“My goal is always to edit a text or manuscript in such a way that the writer doesn’t notice my edits,” she says. “I focus on the story the writer wants to tell and can often suggest very small shifts in phrasing, scene structure, or other elements that realign the pieces so that the story is revealed or let free.”

After her stint at the Monitor, Chris was editor-in-chief of a bi-weekly newspaper in Boston.

She is a freelance writer and has had articles in a number of magazines and newspapers. Chris also writes fiction and is working on her second novel, Let Me Take You Home. Her own memoir, Sufficient Grace, is in revision. Chris writes and edits for Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she earned a degree in English.


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Kathleen Pooler

Associate Editor

Kathleen Pooler’s memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse, and work-in-progress sequel, The Edge of Hope, are about the power of hope and her faith helped her deal with domestic abuse, divorce, single parenting, loving and letting go of an alcoholic son, cancer and heart failure to live a life of joy and contentment.

She loves to guide writers through the memoir writing process from deciding where to step into the story to shaping the narrative arc, finding the main themes and takeaways and applying the tools of storytelling that bring stories to life—opening hook, conflict/resolution, character development, plot points, dialogue and scenic details.

Kathleen, her husband Wayne and their golden retriever Max live in eastern New York State on the 135–acre farm where Wayne’s grandfather had a dairy farm.

To listen to Kathleen, host of the web blog, The Memoir Writer’s Journey, speak about memoir writing, click here.

Kathleen and I work very well together.  I appreciate her assistance and deep insight into the art of writing a memoir. —M.S., coaching client


Memoir Editor Molly Powell

Molly Powell

Associate Editor

For the last eleven years, Molly has worked as an editor at a variety of magazines and print publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Fitness, Self, Vibe, and Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel.

As a freelancer, she has edited everything from surrealistic novels to ninth-grade math textbooks (novels are more fun). Working at magazines has honed her ability to condense complex narratives into their essential message, all while honoring the author’s voice. She also spent many years working professionally in theater and film, and published an essay about her experience with renowned playwright Irene Fornes in Conducting a Life. She holds B.A. in Literature from Yale College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

A long time denizen of NYC, Molly has succumbed to the charms of her native New England and now lives with her wonderful husband and three eccentric cats in beautiful Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, where she has a lovely view of the White Mountains from her writing desk.

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