Get the Notes from Lisa’s PSWG Memoir Class

Get the Notes from Lisa’s PSWG Memoir Class

Get a free set of notes from Lisa’s Palm Springs Writers Guild memoir class.  

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Amazon the Monopoly: Getting Smart About Books

Amazon the Monopoly: Getting Smart About Books

Who amongst you has not anteed up for a book from Amazon? Admit it, even those of you

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When Should You Show Your Memoir to Family or Friends?

When Should You Show Your Memoir to Family or Friends?

Never. At least not while you are working on it. That is what my gut tells me

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Back to School: Memoir or Autobiography?

Back to School: Memoir or Autobiography?

We Americans love Back to School—memories of a fresh school year complete with new shoes and unknown books.

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Finishing Your Memoir This Summer One Scene at a Time

Finishing Your Memoir This Summer One Scene at a Time

Everyone is writing a book, but only a few will finish their books, and only a select

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A Marketer’s Response to Space and Time in Memoir

A Marketer’s Response to Space and Time in Memoir

I got a great response from marketing expert Carol White after I sent my last

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About Lisa

Lisa is a Memoir Editor. (Click on Book Editor at top.) She is passionate about layered writing structures that reflect the complexity of life experience.

Lisa 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 in New York.

Lisa earned degrees from Reed College and the University of Iowa.

She comes from a line of accomplished Nebraskans: Congressman J. N. Norton, District Judge William H. Norton, and Evelyn Norton Lincoln, President John F. Kennedy's personal secretary. Nancy Rogers Sayre, Lisa's mother, grew up in Chicago part of the Long Island Sayre family, descended from Thomas Sayre who settled New York in the 1600s. (F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife Zelda was part of the Sayre clan, too!)

Lisa lives in Santa Fe; Venice, Italy; and an 85-year-old writing cabin in the Western Sandhills.

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Online Writing Class

Beginning Your Memoir
March 29 - April 26

$349—Join us for 5 weeks of memoir writing in an easy-to-use class website. You can sign in and post your writing any time day or night! Learn how to find the key memories that drive your memoir, figure out what they mean, and structure them into a story that readers love. Weekly lessons and feedback on your writing from Lisa.

Manuscript Evaluation

FOR NEW CLIENTS

The first week of each month Lisa evaluates 6,250 words of your manuscript 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.

Editing Consultation

Need feedback or direction on a writing project? You can discuss it with Editor Lisa. Book a one-hour phone consultation. $120 paid through PayPal.