Writing workshop at Writer House in Virginia!

I am super excited about this writing workshop coming up on March 4th in Charlottesville, VA! It is open to experienced writers and newbies alike.

We’ll be talking about creativity and how to deal with that inner critic who can sometimes stand between you and the work. We will discuss how to use your past as a catalyst for your current work. In-class exercises will access the passion within you and help you get your authentic voice on the page. We’ll also discuss writing best practices, from ways to approach your first draft to setting boundaries and deadlines to get your work to your editor.

Sign up for the workshop here and please let me know if you have any questions.

Hope to see you there!

xo,

~Lisa

Yes, it’s weird, but I actually love it: public speaking

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I enjoy making intense faces and doing awkward things with my hands.

Even though it makes very little sense for someone who is 93% introverted with an unreasonably strong attachment to sweatpants – I actually love doing public events.

I adore meeting you all and discussing really important things:

How we decide to define success for ourselves.
How we deal with anxiety/depression/panic attacks and ditch the stigma.
How we rewrite the script for our lives and find some joy even in the midst of chaos.
Why I feel the need to wear Chuck Taylors to even the fanciest of events.

I still get nervous every time, but what helps is the realization that I’m not up there just blabbering on about myself. I’m talking about ALL OF US. The things we all go through and the ways we can realize that we are not alone.

I’ve done talks for high schools, colleges, companies, and conferences and I’m currently booking speaking engagements for 2017. For more information about having me come visit, please check the speaking events section. You can see clips from my previous talks, read testimonials, download my speaking kit and submit a request.

Looking forward to meeting you!

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I also have a great affection for PowerPoint slides featuring cartoons

Mostly I write but sometimes I say the words out loud

Hey all,

I wanted to share this clip from a talk I did in June – all about anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Even though I don’t entirely love living with these things – I love talking about this stuff. It makes me feel less alone, it reduces the social stigma around mental health and above all, it reminds me that healing is possible when we can connect and laugh and say to each other oh my God, I totally know what you mean.

Hope you enjoy this short clip. (I have been doing more talks lately, so I should have more clips to share soon.) And if you’re interested in having me come talk at your school, organization or conference – you can see my speaking kit here!

Authentic creativity at Hippocamp: a whole fancy PowerPoint talk

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I’m super excited about the Hippocamp nonfiction writers conference in Lancaster, PA this weekend! I’ll be giving a talk about how to find your own unique creativity: how to refine it,  own it, and how to make sure you never get blocked from it. I’ve got PowerPoint slides full of embarrassing old photos, helpful tips and cartoons. It’s gonna be fun.

There are still some tickets to the conference available, so come hang out and talk about words with me and a whole bunch of extraordinary writers.

And no promises, but last year at this conference – they had a mashed potato bar.

Just saying.

with love,

~Lisa

(If your school, conference or company is interested in having me come speak – you can see my speaking kit and contact me for more information.)

New online memoir writing class – just posted!

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Gracie, preparing her teaching assistant duties for class

I’m teaching another session of my online memoir writing class though Writing Pad!

The class is for writers of all levels. If you have never written more than a grocery list, that’s cool. If you have a couple books under your belt, that’s cool, too. I’ve got you covered. We’ll do interesting exercises, read wonderful writers, and talk a whole lot about books, process and structure. You will also have the chance to share your writing and get feedback and help.

No grades. No red pens. You’ll just learn how to get your story down on paper and we always have a whole lot of fun along the way.

The class is online, so log on from anywhere and use your webcam – it looks like The Brady Bunch – everyone gets a square. We can all see each other and it creates a great feeling of community and connection. (And yes, we all hate the webcam for the first four and a half minutes. Then we get over it. Because no one actually cares if your hair looks good or if you are wearing a bra. Who wears a bra on a Sunday afternoon, anyway?) Continue reading