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Starting a new project, feeling overwhelmed, or looking for feedback before you move forward?

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“Lisa is a capable, empathic and insightful writing teacher who creates and sustains a safe, warm space for students to learn and become successful mindful writers themselves.

Rita Hart, book publisher in Melbourne, Australia

“I would highly recommend Lisa even to the most experienced writer.”

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of Entanglement

“LIsa's incisive commentary on my work has been extraordinarily helpful. 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 Cooper Ellison

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. 

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Slow Pieces Blog

Seven Steps for Writing During Uncertain Times

Seven Steps for Writing During Uncertain Times

I had already planned what I was going to write to you, and then life intervened.  On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, I was working on a client manuscript when texts began to arrive.  Have you seen the news? Do you know what’s happening? What have you heard?  Stories...

The Power of Envisioning and Affirming Your Success

The Power of Envisioning and Affirming Your Success

Every New Years’ Day I complete the same ritual. Around noon, I close the door to my bedroom or office, light a candle, and pull out the New Year journal I started when I was eleven.   Inside the journal are thirty-five-years-worth of resolutions, goals, and entries...

The reason I have a folder titled “Why I Teach”

The reason I have a folder titled “Why I Teach”

When I first began teaching a mentor told me to create a folder labeled “Why I Teach.”    She said working with humans was rewarding, messy, and unpredictable. Some days would be high points. Others would be the pits.    Ninety-five percent of the time, I would have...

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