Editor, Speaker & Memoir Expert Lisa Dale Norton

Booking now for 2019 & 2020

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.

Recently completed:

• August 3-5, Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, OR

• July 6-12, International Women’s Writing Guild, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

• June 9-10, Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference, TX

• February 3-5, Palm Springs Writers Guild, CA


If you’d like this workshop presented for your organization, 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 27 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

• International Women’s Writing Guild, New York City & multiple locations across U.S.

• The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD

Palm Springs Writers Guild, Palm Springs, CA

• 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

Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, OR

• Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ

SouthWest Writers, Albuquerque, NM

• The Mandala Center, Des Moines, 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