Editor, Speaker & Memoir Expert Lisa Dale Norton

Writing the Best Memoir You Can

This workshops teaches you the secrets of writing a memoir that is honest, compelling, and has the potential to sell. Lisa is a dynamic speaker and excellent teacher who makes complicated writing craft simple to understand. Learn about the building blocks of story, narrative arc, and the elements editors look for when buying a memoir.

Past presentations:

• Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, OR

• International Women’s Writing Guild, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

• Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference, TX

• Palm Springs Writers Guild, CA

If you’d like this workshop presented for your organization when we can all start traveling and gathering again, contact me.


What I do as a speaker and teacher:

• I travel the country inspiring people to write their stories.

• I teach you how to write your personal story with step-by-step instructions.

• I explain story structure so you can understand it.

• I diagnose story problems and help you fix them in your writing.

• I guide you toward publishing.

I have done over 100 presentations in the last 29 years. Below is a sample of venues where I have appeared. (For a full list of presentations, click here.)

Selected—Arts Centers, Writing & Publishing Organizations

• The Open Center, New York City, NY

• The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD

• Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA

Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference, Whidbey Island, WA

Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, WA

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, Seattle, WA

• Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ

SouthWest Writers, Albuquerque, NM


UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, Los Angeles, CA

• Reedley College, Reedley, CA

• National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Portland, OR

• Oregon Council Teachers of English, Portland, OR

Reed College, Portland, OR

• Pima Community College Writing Program, Tucson, AZ