Born and raised in Queens, New York, Lisa Lieberman Doctor enjoyed a sixteen-year carer as a development and production executive in Los Angeles at such companies as Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers and Tristar Pictures. In 1980 she was profiled in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar cover story as one of six enterprising young Hollywood executives. She was the only woman profiled in the article. Her last executive position was Vice President of Robin Williams’ company, Blue Wolf Productions, where she oversaw production of “Mrs.Doubtfire.” In 1995 she switched gears to become a staff writer on ABC’s “General Hospital” and its spin-off, “Port Charles,” and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award for her work as part of the “General Hospital” team. After several years writing daytime drama, she refined her focus to writing fiction and coaching other writers. She currently leads weekly writing workshops in Los Angeles, and also teaches at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Twice yearly she leads writing workshops at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. She has taught writing at Cal State Northridge Adult Learning, The University of The Balearic Islands in Mallorca, Spain, and Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. Her first novel, “The Deflowering of Rhona Lipshitz,” was published by Elderberry Press in 2003. She has also served as an expert witness in motion picture copyright infringement law. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, clinical psychologist Ron Doctor.

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Instructor Statement

I have always had a deep and abiding respect for writers; it takes enormous courage to become the mirror that reflects truth back to the reader, to enlighten as well as entertain by presenting the story and the people who populate it with absolute honesty. All that truth can seem daunting, if not downright terrifying, but the rewards are great: when our stories are at long last completed and in the hands of others, there’s the delicious knowing that our carefully chosen words have made an impact. We have allowed our readers to see themselves through new eyes, we’ve helped create a shift in their consciousness or perhaps we’ve shaken up their belief system. Our characters have become complex human beings with the ability to inspire and affect others. What can be more satisfying than that?