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.

Aug 12, 2015     Comments Off on Back to School: Memoir or Autobiography?
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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

Jun 10, 2015     Comments Off on Finishing Your Memoir This Summer One Scene at a Time
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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

Jun 2, 2015     Comments Off on A Marketer’s Response to Space and Time in Memoir
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Grounding Your Memoir in Space and Time

Grounding Your Memoir in Space and Time

I’ve read thousands of manuscripts and worked with hundreds of writers over

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12 Guilty Pleasures for Memoirists

12 Guilty Pleasures for Memoirists

 Writing memoir is hard work. You spend hours gazing into your past, mining memories for emotions and details, and coming to insights

May 11, 2015     Comments Off on 12 Guilty Pleasures for Memoirists
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10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump

10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump

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

Feb 11, 2015     Comments Off on 10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump
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About Lisa

Lisa is a gifted Memoir Editor and Developmental Writing Consultant who works privately with writers perfecting manuscripts for submission and publication. (Click on Book Editor at top of page for info.)

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 (New York). Her new book of literary nonfiction, A Great Romance, is forthcoming.

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. 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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