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 private writing coach, and as an editor.

Denis holds a master’s degree in education and has taught English, creative writing, French, and Latin at both the high school and university levels. He especially enjoys the challenges of working with adult learners who prize his method and materials that turn life experience into well-written 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.


Penelope Franklin

Associate Editor

Penelope Franklin is an editor and writer with over 25 years of publishing experience. She has been associated with such major publishers as Reader’s Digest Books, Columbia University, the United Nations, Oxford University Press, and American Heritage Magazine. In her work for UNICEF, she has assisted many writers from around the world who used English as a second language. She is especially skilled at helping first-time authors, with an emphasis on developing each client’s unique voice.

As a specialist in first-person writing; she founded the critically-acclaimed American Women’s Diary Series (Artemis Books), and is the author of Private Pages: Diaries of American Women (Ballantine Books). She has also co-authored several volumes published by Reader’s Digest Books and Harper Collins Publishers, and has written feature stories and humorous essays for many publications.

She is a graduate of Columbia University, with postgraduate work at the Publishing Institute of New York University. She has taught Journal Writing, Memoir Writing and English as a Second Language and is a skilled writing coach.

Her work has been praised in The New York Times Book Review, Book-of-the-Month Club News, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among other publications.

She lives in New York City.

Memoir Editor Molly Powell

Molly Powell

Associate Editor

For the last ten years, Molly has worked in New York City 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 freelance editor, 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 a minimum of space, 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 a degree in Literature from Yale College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

She lives with her wonderful husband and three eccentric cats in beautiful Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

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