Lisa Cooper Ellison

Writer, Editor & Coach

What i do

Manuscript Evaluation

Looking for feedback before you move forward?

Developmental Editing

Need someone to help you tackle serious problems in your manuscript?


Starting a new project or feeling stuck and overwhelmed?

Classes and Seminars

Looking for a speaker or instructor for your next event?

Mindful Writing

Having problems with that dastardly internal editor?

Getting Started

I offer a free thirty-minute initial consultation via Skype for all potential clients to discuss the scope of their projects, goals, deadlines, and budgets.

“The best part of this work has been watching other writers blossom.”

Lisa Cooper Ellison

About Lisa Ellison Cooper

Lisa Ellison is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach. She teaches memoir and the art of story telling at WriterHouse, a nonprofit writing center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work and life story are forthcoming or have appeared on NPR’s With Good Reason, and in The New Guard Review, The Kenyon ReviewHuffington PostThe RumpusThe Guardian, and Streetlight, among others.

Helping writers harness the power
of their stories one word at a time.


“Lisa has read two manuscripts for me now, one a short piece of narrative nonfiction and one a full-length novel. Her feedback on both was excellent. She provided an overview document with detailed suggestions on the narrative arc, character development, and more. She also provided page-by-page suggestions and line edits on the entire manuscript. I would highly recommend Lisa even to the most experienced writer.”

“Since I’ve known Lisa Ellison (we met at the VQR conference in August 2015), her incisive commentary on my work has been extraordinarily helpful. It’s easy to see from the outset that she’s genuine and generous, and puts those traits to work in everything she does. Apart from the nuts-and-bolts mechanics of writing, which she is also good at, she got me to see my work in a different way and to imagine new possibilities. What more could you ask for?”

Phil Quam, Indonesia, author of “Inmates” published in Word Riot

“Lisa is both an accomplished teacher and very talented practitioner of mindful writing. She is a very capable, empathic and insightful writing teacher, who creates and sustains a safe, warm space for students to learn and become successful mindful writers themselves. Lisa is nurturing, attentive and generous — everything one wants in a teacher of such a practice. Students will benefit from her kind, insightful and truly mindful attention, and will grow under her tutelage and guidance.”

Rita Hart, book publisher in Melbourne, Australia

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Dialogue Lab One: Dialect versus Diction

Dialogue Lab One: Dialect versus Diction

In early October, my father experienced a medical emergency that sent me to Upstate New York. During his recovery, I spent three weeks in my childhood hometown. During hospital visits and errands, I listened to the conversations around me—not just what was said, but...

The Death of Sonny

The Death of Sonny

This personal essay was a finalist in the  Hippocampus Literary Magazine's Remember In November Contest       “Without smoke, you can’t see the light.”   My husband Alex said this to me while explaining why professional tours use fog machines in their light shows. The...

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