Writing the Tough Stuff: A Master Class with Lisa Cooper Ellison

When, Why, and How to Tackle Painful Material

During this two-hour master class, you'll explore common roadblocks creative nonfiction writers face. Next, we’ll examine the purpose behind your most difficult stories. Finally, we’ll practice specific writing techniques that will help you address memory lapses, writing around traumatic incidents, using structure to make your point, and writing without retriggering yourself. This session is perfect for creative nonfiction writers of all experience levels.

This Master Class is available through July 31, 2021.


Your Instructor


Lisa Cooper Ellison
Lisa Cooper Ellison

Lisa Cooper Ellison is an editor, coach, writer, 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. She currently teaches courses in memoir, creative nonfiction, and mindful writing. 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. More about Lisa Cooper Ellison at lisacooperellison.com.



Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does access to this Master Class start and finish?
Access to this Master Class begins when you complete your transaction/purchase. You have until July 31, 2021 to complete this Master Class.
When was this class recorded?
This Master Class was recorded in October 2020, at the 18th Annual James River Writers Conference. Mark your calendar for October 8-10, 2021 for the 19th Annual James River Writers Conference!
What should I expect from a JRW Master Class?
Our Master Classes are presented by skilled professionals who share their extensive knowledge and experience. They are typically two hours in length and include Q&A with those who attended the live event. These classes are designed to present a deep dive into a specific subject matter relevant to your writing journey. Instructors are asked to leave you walking away with nuggets of information you can apply to your writing work.
Who should take this Master Class?
Our Master Classes are designed to address the needs of writers at all levels of expertise. Most content proves to be applicable across all genres, but please use your best judgment when choosing which classes will be useful at this point of your writing journey. While our classes are available to both JRW Members and non-members, JRW Members do enjoy discounted rates. Visit jamesriverwriters.org/membership to sign up and enjoy your discounted rates as a JRW Member.

This course is closed for enrollment.