Dreams Do Come True

Dreams Do Come True

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 […]

Aug 8, 2013     Comments Off
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The Love and Hate of Memoir

The Love and Hate of Memoir

    You love them. You hate them . . .   You yearn to record their greatness. You seethe to burn them good. The heady month of hearts and […]

Feb 7, 2013     Comments Off
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Writing Sensuous Details

Writing Sensuous Details

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 […]

Jan 15, 2013     Comments Off
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I am in the presence of great art

I am in the presence of great art

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, […]

Oct 11, 2012     Comments Off
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October 3: German Day of Unity

October 3: German Day of Unity

 I have never been so happy as I was yesterday to see a decidedly Western shopping street replete with all the standard flagship stores. It’s just not the sort of […]

Oct 3, 2012     Comments Off
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Living in the former East Berlin

Living in the former East Berlin

I have been traveling for days, one day on the train, a late night in the new place, a full day exploring, and then back to the train. It’s been […]

Oct 1, 2012     Comments Off
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About Lisa

Lisa wrote Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir and Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills, both published by St. Martin’s Press. She blogs for The Huffington Post and is at work on a memoir of intertwining narratives—about two separate lives lived in the shadow of the Second World War, and about the way a story can shape the direction a life takes.

Lisa earned degrees from Reed College and the University of Iowa. She comes from a long line of Nebraskans including Congressman J. N. Norton, District Judge William H. Norton, and Evelyn Norton Lincoln, President John F. Kennedy's personal secretary.

Lisa splits her time between Santa Fe; Venice, Italy; and a 75-year-old cabin in the Sandhills of the American West.

 

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Online Memoir Classes

Toward Completion

Each session runs four weeks.

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• January 8

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Phone Consultation

For writers seeking feedback and direction with a writing project and who want to talk with Lisa about how to achieve their goals, the Santa Fe Writing Institute offers a one-hour phone consultation with Lisa at the rate of $120/hour. This fee is paid, through PayPal, prior to the consultation.
Manuscript Evaluation Clinic

SPECIAL FOR WRITERS NEW TO THE SANTA FE WRITING INSTITUTE

The first week of each month Lisa evaluates 25 pages (that’s 6,250 words) of narrative nonfiction at a special rate of $245.

You get swift feedback from a pro on your project.

You get a written critique and a 30-minute follow-up phone consultation.

These services regularly bill at $360. Lisa's substantive edit includes analysis of your writing style, narrating voice, characterizations, structure, marketability, and concrete strategies for improvement of problem areas.