INTERVIEW WITH LISA ELLISON
When did you first feel like a writer?
Also, at age nine typing seemed cool and official.
Feeling like a writer took much longer. I spent years believing I had to achieve very specific things in order to accept this lofty title. But, in reality, writers write. All that’s required is the willingness to park your butt in a chair and slap some words in a notebook.
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
Lisa Ellison, Ed.S. is an editor, instructor, and program manager at WriterHouse with a background in mindfulness and mental health. She has an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from James Madison University and is an experienced teacher and facilitator. Recipient of a 2015 VQR Conference scholarship for potential literary excellence, Lisa’s essays have been published or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Streetlight, Gravel Literary Journal, and The Rusty Nail. Her short story “A Bit of Heaven” was the runner up in the 2015 C-Ville Weekly Fiction Contest. To learn more, please visit her website: www.lisacooperellison.com
WHAT WRITERHOUSE STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT LISA
“She went over and beyond. I learned things that I didn’t expect to. She covered an astounding amount of areas clearly and concisely. Calm and mindful. A very refreshing teaching style. One of the best classes I’ve taken here.”
“She explained concepts very well. I liked the discussion of the external conflict and the internal conflict, what things would need to be done to take it to the next level, etc. Very helpful to hear mine and everyone else’s too. Really loved this class—thank you so much.”
“Wonderful! Inspiring! Quiet strength and beautiful soul!”
“Lisa is a wonderful teacher, very professional and empathic. Very tuned in to what’s happening in the class.”
“She was very professional, genuinely empathic, very knowledgeable with great resources and patience.”