Unobstructed Freedom

Unobstructed freedom, as I see it, is our right and our privilege to be who we are, to live and to breathe without fear of our lives or our breath being taken away. This past year, I lost my ability to breathe while visiting El De Haus, a four-story brick building that was under construction […]

A Backpack Full of Dreams

The thirty-nine ESL students, dark eyed and dark complexioned, each took their turn telling me their name and their country of origin. Mexico. El Salvador. Honduras. Cuba. Peru. Colombia. Ecuador. Lebanon. India. China. Korea. This is Los Angeles, home to more than 224 languages, not including regional dialects. It was my job, as a guest […]

When New Speakers of a Foreign Language Are Reluctant to Converse

Fifteen years ago, when I retired from my career as a motion picture executive, I tried my hand teaching English to a group of Japanese visual arts students who were spending a year studying abroad in Los Angeles. Much of their behavior, I knew, was based on their culture of shame, so I wasn’t surprised by their […]

Lisa’s Article on – Broken English or Poetry?

BROKEN ENGLISH OR POETRY? If I could share one truism with new speakers of English here in the United States and abroad, it would be this: You are not stupid, no matter how many grammatical errors you make, and nobody is going to see you as stupid. Rather, when you try your hand at speaking […]

Conversations Live: Lisa Doctor discusses ACCIDENTAL POETRY

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Lisa Lieberman Doctor to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss her new book ACCIDENTAL POETRY: Improve Your English Through Creative Writing. Click here to listen:  

Writing From The Heart While Learning English

The English department chairwoman at the Official Language School in Mallorca, Spain was skeptical about my one-day writing workshop. After all, the administration had never before seen creative writing used to improve English language skills, so they had no reason to believe it was an effective teaching method. Back home in Los Angeles, I had […]

Lisa’s Article on

In this new “Author’s Corner” series, distinguished authors share expert Manhattan-minded advice and insights for NYC travelers and locals alike. This month, I chatted with NYC native Lisa Lieberman Doctor, internationally known writing coach and author ofAccidental Poetry: Improve Your English Through Creative Writing, who gave thoughtful feedback on some of the best ways to […]

Lisa’s 3G1B Article: “When We Fell In Love”

When We Fell In Love – Lisa Doctor By Lisa Doctor | on March 19, 2015 | My father dropped out of the ninth grade, abandoning his studies shortly after the first World War to help support his immigrant parents. Rather than continue his education on his own, he lived out his life eschewing “book learning.” I […]

Lisa’s Article in Portland Book Review

Creating A Viable Story Problem by Lisa Lieberman Doctor Posted on March 17, 2015 by Site Owner Posted in Columns,Writers on Writing Creating A Viable Story Problem Lisa Lieberman Doctor   Fiction writers who are new to the craft often misunderstand the difference between an inciting incident and a story problem. An inciting incident is […]

Lisa’s Interview on W3Sidecar

Q&A With Writer Lisa Lieberman Doctor “I rely on words, both verbal and on the page, to communicate with nuance exactly what I’m trying to express, and I relish language in the books I read.”  1. What are you working on right now? I’m working on several projects, both fiction and non-fiction, but it’s the […]