You haven’t heard from me in awhile. I’ve been in hibernation. Ever have one of those periods? I’ve been finishing a book and–let’s face it–grieving the loss of my mother […]
I don’t know if you read the recent New York Times editorial about the Irish civil servant, Donal Ryan, who wrote two novels, submitted them to agents and publishers, got 47 rejections […]
You love them. You hate them . . . You yearn to record their greatness. You seethe to burn them good. The heady month of hearts and […]
It’s winter in Santa Fe now, and the colors are chalk brown and muted green huddled amidst the white of mounded snow. In my fireplace I burn Pinion pine, and […]
I said those words today as I walked into the painting gallery of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the greatest collections of art in Europe, and then I wept, privately, […]
Lisa's book of literary nonfiction, A Great Romance, is forthcoming. She wrote Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir and Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills. Both are published by St. Martin’s Press.
Lisa blogs for The Huffington Post about the power of story. She earned degrees from Reed College and the University of Iowa.
She comes from a long line of Nebraskans: Congressman J. N. Norton, District Judge William H. Norton, and Evelyn Norton Lincoln, President John F. Kennedy's personal secretary. Lisa's mother, Nancy Rogers Sayre, descended from Thomas Sayre, the early Long Island settler.
Lisa lives in Santa Fe; Venice, Italy; and an 85-year-old writing cabin in the Sandhills.
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Manuscript Evaluation Clinic
The first week of each month Lisa evaluates 25 pages (6,250 words) of narrative nonfiction at a special rate of $260.
Swift feedback from a pro.
A written critique and a 30-minute follow-up phone consultation.
These services regularly bill at $360. Edit includes analysis of writing style, narrating voice, character development, structure, marketability, and concrete strategies for improvement of problem areas.
Online Memoir Class
Session starts: April 29
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