My Story

My Story

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My Story

If you feel you've a story or stories inside you that you want to explore, then welcome!

Maybe you’re stressed, exhausted, or feeling like writing might help you to follow something that's stirring inside you. Or maybe you're itching to complete a writing project, yet you don't know quite where to start.

Good Stories Grow Here Writing Studio offers courses for individuals to experience the joy and craft of writing, and to be more present in their writing lives.

Some of these courses and one-on-one writing coaching will allow you to put the necessary steps in place to complete a project if that's your wish. 

My courses make use of “somatic-based” writing techniques, which refers to expressing yourself creatively by way of the body instead of solely through the head. It means allowing the body to lead your writing process and trusting that process as you feel into your emotions, intuition, and physical sensations. Somatic writing gives you a way of writing and being in the world that strives for wholeness and presence, bringing immediacy and liveliness to your writing and your life.

Whether you're working on a short story, memoir, novel, or whether you just want to experiment with words and language and see where that takes you, these online courses and one-on-one sessions will enable you to experience the power of writing and learn to enjoy the journey.

 

If you're a writer, creator or entrepreneur who's feeling unmotivated or having a hard time starting or finishing a creative project, then welcome!

  • Learn what you would like to create or make and I'll help you to develop a plan that allows you to do it.
  • Establish a writing practice that you do every day.
  • Discover that creative work is not separate from life but an integral part of living.
  • Think of your writing as a meditation practice that you need to do in order to maintain life balance.
  • Gain ideas for your brand that you can use for your business.
  • Write stunning copy for your beautiful website.

 

 

 

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Calling All Humans

Inspiration can come from anywhere, yet sometimes you may feel like you’ve been sucker punched by too much busy. My online courses are all about helping you come back to yourself (remember that person you used to be--and still are somewhere in there?) and feel amazing again. Many people experience profound healing from writing. My somatic-based writing courses can help connect you to your body, allowing you and your writing to feel more alive and grounded. 

 

 

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Calling All Writers And Creators

I offer tailored one-on-one writing and creative coaching, and story mentoring to help you make sense of your wild and wonderful ideas. Whether you’re writing an e-book, a book of poems, painting a series of still lifes, a memoir or completing a short film, and just need some guidance to develop a work plan to start and keep going, together we’ll work through any blockages you have and design a path forward.

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Enter...moi

My name is Lissa and I'd love to help you write and/or finish your dream writing project. And, if it’s creative guidance you’re after then we'll go together to that happy place of creating—like the fort made of cushions in the living room, or that little table in the kitchen of your childhood that’s covered in crayon, ketchup and paint. As a writer and creator I'll work with you to uncover the story or stories burning inside you. Together, we'll bring your writing and life into razor-sharp focus and produce some heart dances and inner high fives along the way. My one-on-one writing coaching and somatic-based writing courses offer a selection of different options to help you achieve your writing dreams and enjoy the journey. 

 

You Want to Know More About Me?

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I grew up climbing trees and pretending I was sick (sorry, Mum) so I could stay home from school and read books.
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I have always been fiercely independent and nurtured big dreams.
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In grade three I won a writing contest and decided to become a writer. From then on I wrote stories and poems and scribbled in my diary.
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In university, I studied English Literature to read books and eventually write some. In my early 20s I became a feminist and activist, and continued to write fiction, later receiving awards for my writing.
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I learned early on that I was an artist yet needed my left brain to keep my big ideas and me in line.
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I once co-ran a publishing house and communications company where I launched brands, books and magazines, translated a book of poetry and raised money for kickass causes.
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Biography

Lissa M. Cowan is the author of Milk Fever, a historical fiction novel, co-translator from French of a book of poetic prose, and other fiction and non-fiction. She publishes articles in magazines, newspapers and blogs on topics related to creativity, somatic-based writing, and meditation.

As the founder of Good Stories Grow Here Writing Studio, she offers 21 Day Writing Meditation and Writing the Body, her signature somatic-based writing courses to help individuals connect to their bodies, their senses, bringing immediacy and liveliness to their writing and their lives.

With these courses, Lissa helps people awaken to themselves and live richer, truer lives based on their passions, their uniqueness, and their spirit's calling. Uncovering stories that live deep within us can produce a lightness of body and spirit, carrying us to a higher level of being, relationship to the world—and a greater joy. 

She also offers courses, Write. Review. Repeat. for people who have a manuscript or partial manuscript and can't figure out what to do next. 

Her courses are featured on DailyOM, a website offering a universal approach to holistic living for the mind, body, and spirit.

And her online courses and guided meditations are available on Begin to Heal, a digital platform showcasing 200 holistic practitioners from a range of disciplines. 

Her intuitive guidance is informed by years of bodywork encompassing craniosacral therapy (CST), yoga, Radical Wholeness embodiment techniques; Jungian dream work; and her own journey living with chronic pain over 20 years and coming home to her body. She follows a daily meditation that draws from Vipassana meditation and from Tibetan Buddhism, primarily Vajrayana practices and techniques. 

She holds an MA in English Studies from the Université de Montréal, and a post-graduate diploma in writing from the University of Victoria. Her writing expertise is informed by over 20 years working as a professional copywriter, publisher, and communications generalist, and as a published author of fiction, a poetry translation, and non-fiction. She runs thewritewords.ink, an online writing service for companies, businesses, and organizations looking for professional writing expertise. 

Here at Good Stories Grow Here Writing Studio, Lissa tailors her one-on-one writing coaching and story mentoring sessions to individual needs, whether that's working on pieces of writing to completion, doing somatic-based writing exercises and meditations to clear blockages in the body, or honing in on a person's story that's waiting to be told, and helping them to develop that story.