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/
Grounding Your Memoir in Space & Time

Grounding Your Memoir in Space & Time

  by Lisa Dale Norton  June, 2015 I’ve read thousands of manuscripts and worked with hundreds of writers over dozens of years in myriad venues, and the one habit all but the most practiced of memoirists fall victim to is lack of attention to the space/time continuum....

Guilty Pleasures for the Memoirist 

Guilty Pleasures for the Memoirist 

  Guilty Pleasures for the Memoirist by Lisa Dale Norton  May, 2015 "Here are a baker's dozen of guilty pleasures for writing-weary memoirists . . ." —Lisa Dale Norton Writing memoir is hard work. You spend hours gazing into your past, mining memories for emotions and...

10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump — 2015

10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump — 2015

  10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump by Lisa Dale Norton  March, 2015 "Have fun priming the pump. Then get to work writing your stories. " —Lisa Dale Norton You haven't heard from me in awhile. I've been in hibernation. Ever have one of those periods? I've been...

Dreams Do Come True – 2014

Dreams Do Come True – 2014

Lisa Dale Norton   Dreams Do Come True-2014 Republished from Lisa's August 8, 2013 article, and as relevant today as then September, 2014   I don’t know if you read the recent New York Times editorial about the Irish civil servant, Donal Ryan, who wrote two...

Dreams Do Come True

Dreams Do Come True

Lisa Dale Norton   Dreams Do Come True August, 2013 "The key is perseverance, but also having a manuscript that is great." —NORTON I don't know if you read the recent New York Times editorial about the Irish civil servant, Donal Ryan, who wrote two novels,...

Your Life as Story: Who Would Care?

Your Life as Story: Who Would Care?

Lisa Dale Norton "This is the gift of memoir, the power it accords you to interpret your life the way you see it. . ." —NORTON   Your Life as Story: Writing Narrative Non Fiction Who Would Care? December 1, 2011(re-posted from 12/1/2009)...