Lisa Dale Norton

Lisa Dale Norton

Lisa Dale Norton is an author, developmental book editor, and a dynamic public speaker. She is passionate about layered writing structures in narrative nonfiction that reflect the complexity of life experience, and about the transformative power of writing a memoir. She is a gifted teacher, clear communicator, and a pro at creating an environment were learning can happen. Lisa wrote America’s go-to memoir writing guide, Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir (Macmillan), and the literary nonfiction story Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills (Picador USA), which won comparisons to the writing of Annie Dillard. https://lisadalenorton.com/
Now, The Latest On Memoir Publishing

Now, The Latest On Memoir Publishing

Memoir continues as a hot seller for the main body of book buyers in America: women. For the first six months of 2017, BookScan reported sales growth in the category Biography/Autobiography/Memoir—up 8% over sales figures for the same period in 2016. This is good news...

When Should You Show Your Memoir to Family or Friends?

When Should You Show Your Memoir to Family or Friends?

Reprinted May 1, 2017, from Lisa Dale Norton's blog Never. At least not while you are working on it.That is what my gut tells me to say to you, but then I know better. I know you seek approval. I know you want your loved ones to see your hard work. You want them...

Finishing Your Memoir This Summer, Scene by Scene

Finishing Your Memoir This Summer, Scene by Scene

Everyone is writing a book, but only a few will finish their books, and only a select number will finish their memoir this summer. How will they do it?1) By understanding a book is simply a series of scenes;2) By understanding that summer is a definable block of time...

Santa Fe Writing Retreat to Focus on Memoir

Santa Fe Writing Retreat to Focus on Memoir

Gifted writer and writing teacher Lisa Dale Norton, will offer a two-day retreat on The Art and Craft of Memoir Writing July 22-24 at her home in Santa Fe.Attendees will gather at Lisa’s home and garden and in the cafes and coffee bars of Santa Fe for in-depth...

Amazon the Bogeyman?

Amazon the Bogeyman?

Getting smart about writing, publishing and buying books        Who amongst you has not anteed up for a book from Amazon? Admit it, even those of you who dream of publishing your own book have spent money at Amazon buying e-books or printed books for less than any...

Back to School: Memoir or Autobiography?

Back to School: Memoir or Autobiography?

  Different forms demand different writing   We Americans love Back to School-- memories of a fresh school year complete with new shoes and unknown books. As adults, we love the renewal those memories signal.  Second only to New Years, Back To School excitement lays...