Lisa Marguerite Mora of Barrington Editorial Services and Hidden Wisdom Writing Workshops offers editing, as well as manuscript critiques and a writing environment in which to create new work. While she is an excellent line editor, she specializes in the broader problems of content and structure. Lisa can help the writer discover their direction and their unique voice, and the manuscript’s shape and purpose. She was an Assistant Fiction Editor at 42opus an Online Literary Magazine of the Arts and now facilitates Hidden Wisdom Writing Workshops—Finding the Words in the Writer and the Writer in the Words --an eight & five-week creative writing workshop that provides improvisational writing exercises as well as editorial feedback on work the writer would like to bring to the next level. Lisa also offers an eight-week editing workshop to clients who have worked with her previously.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in English-Creative Writing Emphasis-from UCLA, where she was selected with nine other students to study under Carolyn See (There Will Never Be Another You; Making a Literary Life; The Handyman). She has studied editing privately with Jack Grapes (Onthebus Literary Journal, Bombshelter Press; story structure with former literary agent and consultant Lisa Cron (Wired for Story) in private workshops, and has taken courses on writing and copyediting at UCLA Extension. A nominated member of PEN, she has had work published and forthcoming in several small regional and national literary journals and monthly newspapers in the United States (Rattle, ONTHEBUS, Common Ties, Literary Mama, California Quarterly, The Venice Beachhead--lead story, Cultural Weekly, The Public Poetry Series, among others) and was Second Place Prize Winner in the 2008 Biannual Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest.
Her freelance editing business Barrington Editorial is mentioned in the 2009 Children’s Writer Guide in an article by Christina Hamlett and she was a recent panalist for Beyond the First Draft/ Greater Los Angeles Writers Society and for Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC). She co-chaired a Poetry Critique Group for GLAWS and has conducted workshops at West Los Angeles Community College Creative Writers Club, California State University Los Angeles, and was on staff as an instructor at Santa Monica Collge Community Services.
Lisa has been asked to read her work at West Hollywood Book Fair Storytelling Stage, IWOSC Reads Its Own, and has been a featured writer for Beyond Baroque Literary Center's Open Mic Series and The Rapp Saloon Reading Series. She has been asked to speak on a panel at the 2014 West Coast Writers Conference. Lisa is currently working on a book of personal essay and a book on writing. She has recently completed a poetry manuscript and her first novel.
As a workshop facilitator she has inspired beginning and experienced writers to explore new material in a safe and supportive environment. She has conducted workshops in libraries, independent bookstores, and community colleges. With her literature and writing background, and her sharp eye for mechanical incongruities, her editing skills have helped many documents and manuscripts find a clearer focus, and a more resonant voice.
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