Your Memoir Writing Professionals
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.
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.
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.
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
Steve Hrehovcik’s recent memoir, Rebel Without A Clue – A Way-Off Broadway Memoir, chronicles his dream of pursuing a career in the theater.
Among Steve’s successful writing projects were editing the memoir of a woman who had to overcome the long-held bias against women in the workplace and educational institutions and a book providing helpful tips and techniques for success in business—and much more.
“I realize so many people have a dream of producing a memoir, but don’t know how to really get going. My experience writing Rebel Without A Clue – A Way-Off Broadway Memoir provides me with a foundation to guide writers to succeed at writing their story with passion and clarity. As an editor and / or coach, I listen for ways I can help a writer to make a story to be vivid and meaningful. Often writers do not notice the thread that weaves through their life’s stories or are unable to organize the manuscript so it has an effective structure.”—Steve Hrehovick
Steve is a versatile and accomplished writer. In addition to work with memoirs, he has written more than 750 features for newspapers, magazines and trade publications—from personal profiles, historical accounts and vacation highlights, to art exhibit openings and theater reviews. His writing credits also include movie, stage and television scripts, business reports, advertising and public relations pieces.
Steve lives with his wife Carol in Kennebunk, Maine. They are the parents of three grown children.
To read a sample of Steve’s work, click here.
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