Teaching—Examples of Lisa’s teaching

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 flowers seems a fine time to consider what all this emotion can do to the success of […]

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 it makes this northern New Mexico town smell like a perfumed temple on winter days. […]

Writing, writing, writing

Writing, writing, writing

Here’s the thing: the writing pours out of me in this old pirate ship of a cabin. I am pushing the arc of the narrative closer and closer to being a complete book manuscript. I never could have forseen this story. It has given itself […]

Crafting Believable Characters

Crafting Believable Characters

I’m finally settling in to my Santa Fe life, and loving it. As I unpack boxes each day I think about the manuscript I am working on and it mixes in with the manuscripts I read and edit for my clients—wonderful, brave stories of people […]

Memoir at Yale University

Memoir at Yale University

What a heady week it was. My class on Memoir Writing at Yale was so big it overflowed the assigned room and we had to move across the street to an auditorium: Sudler Auditorium in Harkness Hall which is very near Sterling Memorial Library, the […]

50 Things to Know About Memoir

50 Things to Know About Memoir

“Shimmering Images” is a guide on how to write your memoir. Here are 50 things to know about memoir and the book. Memoir is storytelling. Storytelling is art. Memoir is art. There’s a reason memoirs by newsmakers and celebrities top bestseller lists and capture the […]

Teaching Memoir at Yale

Teaching Memoir at Yale

Later this month I’ll be on the faculty of the International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) 34th annual summer conference beginning June 24 on the campus of Yale University: http://www.iwwg.org. The Guild’s goal is, “personal and professional empowerment of women through writing,” and it draws women […]

Writing Memoir: The Book

Writing Memoir: The Book

Here’s my summer writing desk at the cabin in the Sandhills. I’ve had time to turn back to my new book. You know what that’s like—life often gets in the way. I’m writing about love and inheritance and playing with modular and linear structures in […]

Sliding into the land of creativity . . .

Sliding into the land of creativity . . .

  Last time I posted here I was trying to get comfortable with writing, trying to get back to work on the manuscript of my new book idea. I was in the place of weighing old material, beckoning new material, struggling to find a way […]

Tearing It All Apart To Find The Real Story

Tearing It All Apart To Find The Real Story

When my mom got sick and I traveled to her home to take care of her, I left behind a manuscript one-third done—the beginning of a new book of memoir, the concept of which I was crazy about. I thought it was solid work. Then […]