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Teacher Feature: Lisa Cooper

A long time student of The Muse, Lisa Cooper received her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and Adult Education with a concentration in Memoir from Seton Hill University. Trained and certified as a Peer Recovery Specialist in the state of Virginia, she developed The Muse’s first Writing through Grief and Trauma class after working as a grief workshop facilitator. 

This semester, Lisa Cooper is teaching the following classes:

If you would like to identify the threads and themes in your life and try to make sense of what you’ve lived and possibly why, Lisa will guide you through that process.

It goes without saying that your story is your legacy to family, friends, and the world. Writing about your life is a healing and transformative journey, a gateway, and a bridge. Memoir helps heal by connecting strangers to one another while allowing the writer to transition from heart to head to hands.

Lisa’s favorite authors:

  • When I need to feel strong and empowered: Toni Morison, Alice Walker, and Maya Angelou
  • When I want to step out of my own reality: Neil Gaiman and Roald Dahl
  • When I want to inspire myself to help others: biographies of activists such as Mother Theresa, Matatma Gandhi, The Dalai Lama, Dorothy Day, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Martin Luther King
  • When I want to strengthen my writing skills: memoir craft books (any and all) and everything by David Sedaris and The Moth radio hour and This American Life

Read more about Lisa Cooper here