Reader. Writer. Teacher. Student. Runner. Coach. 

Now teaching writing classes day & night!

My latest exploits have included performing at the Woodstock Writers Festival Story Slam on 4/7/2016:


I've been trying to figure out how to spend more time with other writers and the best ways to connect with those in my area. I can't keep going to New York for all things now I'm teaching classes in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. 

I'm most proud of having cultivated a writing group! 


I'm also blogging for the American Writer's Museum, which opened on May 16, 2017 in Chicago. Please head over to their website to learn more and to read my blogs. Visit the museum and if you come on a Sunday, you may find me volunteering as a Storyteller (Docent).

Click the link below for more information:

Also, I'm happy to announce that I'll remain part-time at work for the upcoming school year, giving me time to focus on growing my writing/teaching/coaching business. 

Lisa Cottrell

Lisa Cottrell

I recently spoke at HippoCamp 2017, a conference for writers of creative nonfiction. You can view my slides on "How to Build Your Own Writing Community" here.

In case you missed it, check out the whole recap!

Click on the link in my favorites at right to learn more about Hippocampus Magazine.