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About Lisa Ellison Cooper
Lisa Ellison is an editor, writing coach, and speaker with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a background in mindfulness. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art and currently teaches courses in memoir, creative nonfiction, and mindful writing practices. Her life story and essays have appeared on NPR’s With Good Reason and in Hippocampus Literary Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, Huffington Post, and The Guardian, among others.
Slow Pieces Blog
Using Donald Maass’s Inner, Outer, and Other Modes Will Help You Crack the Code on Writing about Emotions
Last Saturday, I spent an hour in a sensory deprivation tank filled with body temperature water and 800 pounds of Epsom salts. After my session, someone asked, "Did you spend some time on the astral plane?" Grinning, I replied, "Why yes I most certainly did." If...
Two weeks ago, I started a class where the instructor asked the following question: What if you were The One? Like many people, I squirmed in my chair. The One? Seriously? Sensing our discomfort, he asked us each to list the ways we’re already the ones making a...
Over the weekend I dreamt I was caulking my bathtub with toothpaste while delivering a speech to the UN. After the speech, I ended up at a resort that flooded every afternoon. Fearing a mold infestation, I suggested hotel staff build a gate to prevent the high tide...