When I was approached by my son Duncan, to consider writing my legacy, I was naturally hesitant.  How will future generations look back at my actions?  I had approached my father about taping some of his poems and stories that he would read to my Mother back in the 1980s and his reaction was “that’s silly”.  So, of course, being a dutiful daughter, I didn’t pursue it.  Now I wish I had and I wish I had someone like Meg Pier to lead me through it.  She and I didn’t know each other but after months of conversations, notes and questions, I feel she is as close to me as a sister.  More than a sister, that is, since she brought out stories and feelings that were not as strong in my sister.  My sister and I should have had conversations as Meg and I had.  She was observant, consistent, objective, and very understanding around subjects that might be difficult to explain.  She assured me that I was in charge and nothing would be written until I was satisfied with it.  I didn’t think I would divulge any state secrets but it was comforting to know that I was protected by Meg.  Meg led me through the whole process of book publishing so that I was not discouraged at the amount of time, effort and editing it would take to finish the project.  I was always kept up to date on where we were and tried to keep to the schedule in order to have the finished project at the anticipated date. And Meg did it……on time and beautifully finished.  I would unhesitatingly recommend Meg to anyone contemplating writing their Legacy.  She is the Best.
~Joan Houston
Nokomis, Florida


I took Meg Pier’s writing workshop “Be the Hero of Your Story: Writing for Growth, Gratitude, Breakthroughs, Healing & Happiness” with some trepidation.  I am not a professional writer, but the description of the course drew me in.  I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to write about, but with Meg’s guidance, wisdom and humor I was suddenly exploring past experiences in my life with deep compassion and a new perspective.  At times I wondered how my story would come together as a whole, but I trusted Meg’s approach and the end result was cohesive, powerful and honest.  Meg is an extraordinary writer, and an even more extraordinary person. She offers common sense guidance, inspiration, and honesty with an open and beautiful heart.
The workshop was challenging, fun and truly transformative for me. I highly recommend it.

~Ellen Petersen
Marblehead, MA


The timing of Meg Pier’s writing workshop, “Be the Hero of Your Story: Writing for Growth, Gratitude, Breakthroughs, Healing & Happiness” was oddly coincidental. The week before I had just decided to take a self-paced course on short story writing. However, after reading Meg’s workshop description I thought to myself “why not?” As it turned out Meg’s writing workshop was transformative not only in teaching the elements of the short story but also in honoring my individual voice and personal quest. In sharing her own personal stories and journal entries, Meg allowed me to tap into my own visions and self-expression. With Meg’s assistance I was able to weekly build a story through to its resolution. The experience of engaging in Meg’s writing workshop was extraordinarily therapeutic. I would recommend Meg’s instruction and her syllabus for “Writing for Growth, Gratitude, Breakthroughs, Healing & Happiness” to anyone seeking a creative means to engage in resolving a personal conflict and transmuting a struggle to a success.

~Jeanne V.
Salem, MA


Meg’s writing-to-heal course is amazing. Not being a professional writer, I was a little intimidated at first. However right away Meg took me on a journey of self discovery. Each class seem to build on itself into my own unique story.

The very interesting part was how the story came together at the end. I saw the core issues I’ve been dealing with my entire life play out on the pages of my story. As the pieces came together suddenly I realized I was on the outside looking in.

I feel the healing I experienced was because I was seeing my life through someone else’s eyes. It led me to feel more compassion more forgiveness and more respect for my story. I also see that I’ve been the hero of my story all along the most of the time even if I have not known it. I feel this course is well worth the money and then some. The positive impact it has made in my self-awareness has been profound, giving me tools I can use for a lifetime. Meg also has a way of conducting this workshop as a mentor and someone who has been and always will be on a journey of healing herself. She’s authentic and knowledgeable about the human heart. Thank you Meg!


~Jeanne Salvatore
Marblehead, MA


Meg Pier interviewed me 23 times for my life story from September 2014 to May 2015. She completed a verbatim transcription and skillfully edited 186 pages of text in a relatively short period of time. Meg was always pleasant, dependable, flexible, and punctual. She was sensitive about the complexities of my home-life while managing a demanding career as choral conductor. I highly recommend Meg Pier to document your life story.

~Lorna Cooke deVaron
 Cambridge, MA


If you are looking for professional help with almost any aspect of documenting your legacy you could do what I did: search the web and spend a month vetting possible professionals.  When I selected Meg Pier for an extensive project I felt I made the best choice.  When we started working together I knew I had selected a highly skillful person:  Meg’s twenty-plus-years of broad experience, coupled with a spiritual center based in kindness, could not have been better.  What Meg offers is reasonable, consistently positive, highly professional, and very personal experience.  Doubtful you would find any better.
~John Oakley
Cambridge, New York

Meg Pier has developed an impressive expertise in helping people tell their stories. Meg has over 25 years of experience as a senior public relations professional. As a former colleague, I had first hand experience watching Meg put the spotlight on her client. Her reputation in the financial services industry is enviable. She continues to demonstrate that priceless skill of putting the client first as the creator and editor of www.viewfromthepier.com, my favorite online travel site. Meg’s brilliant interviews
on her website are inspirational, insightful and educational.

When I came to a crossroads in my life, I immediately thought that Meg was the one person who could best help me to document my new journey. She asked me thought-provoking questions and recorded hours of interviews. Most of all she listened to what I had to say and then edited the interviews and distilled them into a wonderful manuscript which embodied my voice. I read parts of it (my ethical will, the manuscript, my personal story) out loud to my daughter, and she thought it was wonderful. She was worried that it would be sad and focused on end of life issues. She was pleasantly surprised that it was fun and full of life.
I not only love the final product,I have enjoyed the entire process.

~Judy Saryan
Cambridge, Massachusetts


In one fashion or another, I’ve been a professional writer throughout a 45-year career ranging from analyst for one of the bond rating agencies, to bond trader on Wall Street during the roarin’ 80s, to investor relations management and financial public relation consulting. My consistent objectives in writing were to communicate information with crystal clarity and gravity, and to sell my ideas—or, more preferably, to have my intended audience ratify my positions. I‘ve had a long history of working with professional editors, experiences I treasure because they’ve made me a better writer even when I have been humbled in the process.

In working with Meg, she brought out the best in my writing. On two occasions, I had written accounts of transformative experiences, each tied to the spirituality of the place and the moment. The first involved climbing a volcanic mountain in the Caribbean with a world-renowned guide, who claimed to have escaped death far more than nine times but was murdered days after our encounter. The second portrayed my attendance at a presidential inauguration where marvelous pageantry was directly juxtaposed with the hard realities of social injustice. Meg coached me about digging deeper within for meaning, extracting significance and framing context in a way that produced accounts which were original, authentic, sensitive, compelling, entertaining and, I hope, memorable.

~Timothy D. Green
Wellesley, Massachusetts


I struggled with writing an essay in which I interviewed a humanitarian who I volunteer with a few weeks of the year. My goal was to tell his history and what led him to become a humanitarian and interweave my experiences and observations in working with such a unique and rare individual. Meg guided me to tell the story in a cohesive fashion and with a fluidity that puts the reader in a stretch of time and place. I consulted with her during every draft until it was complete. Even now as I re-read my the essay,
I feel it could not have been written any better.

~Patricia Ferrer
Tucson, Arizona


I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Meg about two life-long passions of mine: sailing and antique-collecting. This was followed by two very well-written articles that were well-received by others. The experience was great fun, both in the interviewing process, as well as the review and edit process, which took very little effort on my part, by the way. I enjoyed recalling instances and incidents when drawn out by Meg, and preserving some great memories and amusing pieces of the past.

~G. West Saltonstall, President Emeritus
Eaton Vance Investment Counsel




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