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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.

To read a sample of Chris’ work, click here.


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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 read a sample of Kathleen’s work, click here.

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



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Associate Editor

Sarah Yuen is a 35-year veteran broadcast and print journalist as well as a writer, novelist and playwright. She has worked as reporter and editor for many global news outlets (Sky, ITV, CNN, BBC etc), has edited numerous books, and has her own books presently available online, ranging from comedy to drama. She has also co-written two off-Broadway plays.

Her own memoir, Making the Break, is about her ski business in the French Alps. Sarah has mentored writers to achieve their own writing ambitions and finds helping others get exactly what they want down on a page to be the most satisfying job of all.

“I am fascinated by everything and everyone. People have such amazing life stories and such innovative ways to tell them! I love the art of writing in all forms. It’s my passion. One of the most important things one learns as an editor is to spot the top line, and I believe that can help new writers identify the most interesting parts of their life stories.”—Sarah Yuen

Sarah splits her time between Asia and North America. She is happy to work with clients in whatever way they find most comfortable, from a gentle guiding hand to a full ghost-writer service. 

To read a sample of Sarah’s work, click here.


Wally Swist

Associate Editor

Wally Swist is the author of many books, including the forthcoming Singing for Nothing from Street to Street: Selected Nonfiction as Literary Memoir.

He has edited autobiographical novels and memoirs, and actively serves as a judge for the New York City Midnight Writing Contest.

I have published over two hundred essays, articles, and reviews in periodicals such as All Roads Will Lead You Home, The American Book ReviewConnecticut ArtistsConnecticut River Review, Grolier’s MasterplotsThe New Haven Advocate, and Small Press Review.—Wally Swist

Mr. Swist delights in working with individuals from all walks of life, but especially those with a story that needs to be told by people who believe their legacy might guide the lives of others.

To read a sample of Wally’s work, click here.


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