About Book Coach & Creativity Catalyst Lisa Tener
Lisa Tener is an award-winning book coach, publishing authority, blogger, author and presenter. She assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from finding their creative voice to getting started, prioritizing projects, editing and developing a strategy for creative success. And of course, she helps writers and creatives “get unstuck” and learn to write “in the zone.”
Lisa’s most recent book, The Joy of Writing Journal: Spark Your Creativity in 8 Minutes a Day won the 2022 Nautilus Book Award and the 2022 Independent Publisher Book Award.
Since 1994, Lisa has taught writing and creativity workshops in New England and the Caribbean. For over a dozen years she served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s CME publishing course, teaching writing workshops and an advanced workshop on how to write a successful book proposal. Her “Bring Your Book to Life® Program” won The Silver Stevie Award for Best New Service of the Year – Media (from the American Business Awards).
Lisa is a sought after speaker and regularly presents at US and international conferences, including the Ocean State Writer’s Conference, the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) conference, library conferences and events for entrepreneurs and women. She has served as a panelist for the International Women’s Writing Guild’s Meet the Authors Conference and the Festival of Rhode Island Authors.
Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree from MIT, where she studied writing with the late Frank Conroy (the year before he became Director of the famed Iowa Writer’s Workshop), Broadway playwright A.R. Gurney, Jr., and award-winning poets Jean Valentine and Gjertrud Schnackenberg. She earned her Master’s degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management with a concentration in marketing.
In addition to the award winning book, The Joy of Writing Journal: Spark Your Creativity in 8 Minutes a Day, which won the 2022 Nautilus Book Award and the 2022 Independent Publisher Book Award, Lisa is a contributor to two books on creativity coaching: The Creativity Workbook for Coaches and Creatives: 50+ Inspiring Exercises from Creativity Coaches Worldwide (edited by Eric Maisel) and an upcoming book on completing creative projects, both published by Routledge.
Lisa is co-author, with Peaco Todd and Jane Middelton-Moz, of The Ultimate Guide to Transforming Anger: Dynamic Tools for Healthy Relationships (Health Communications, 2005). Inspired by her studies in alternative and complementary healing modalities, she originated the concept of “anger-obics,” and developed the majority of the exercises that appear in the book. She has appeared on ABC World News, PBS TV, local Boston news, Chronicle and been quoted in the New York Times, Glamour, USA Weekend, The Boston Globe, Providence Journal and so much more.
She is a frequent podcast guests where she speaks on creativity, writing and publishing. Lisa writes for Thrive Global, The Business Journals and has guest blogged for Live Write Thrive, Positive Writer, Writers Digest and other websites. She is a member of The Author’s Guild and the International Women’s Writing Guild.
Lisa’s clients are diverse and include cultural creatives, visionaries, doctors, consultants, entrepreneurs, leaders, coaches, therapists, people with unusual true stories, surgeons, nurses, university professors, holistic practitioners, other healing professionals and moms. She has worked with published authors Stephen Snyder, MD on his book proposal for the Nautilus Award winning book, Love Worth Making; Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg on her book proposal for Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach; Carla Naumburg, MSW on her book proposal for Stop Losing Your S*** with Your Kids; Carrie Barron, MD on the book proposal for The Creativity Cure; Dr. Scott Symington; Victoria Dunckley, MD; Kimber Simpkins; Karin Esterhammer on the book propsoal for the Nautilus Award winning book, So Happiness to Meet You; behavioral veterinarian Vint Virga; Bonnie Leonard; Alice McDowell; Cathy Turney; Katie Naftzger; Lissa Wheeler; Leena St. Michael; Dr. Stephanie O’Leary; Diane Radford, MD; Carol Lambert, MSW; Huibert Evekink; Teri Scheinzeit; Dr. Janet Crain; Gustavo Ferrer, MD and Burke Lennihan, RN; Micaela Karlsen; Dr. Kathleen Trainor; Vicki Tidwell Palmer; Cara Bradley; Dr. Patricia Hoy; Dr. Thane Crossley; Michael Banov, MD; Hershey Rosen; Tara Mardigan; Nora Hall; Susan Rizzo Vincent; Kathy Lemay; Dr. Ellen Weber Libby; Maureen Hancock; Amy O’Brien; Eric Pfeiffer, MD; Donna Hicks; Bonnie Leonard; Susan Rizzo Vincent; Anne Burnett; Martha Rhodes; Dr. Timothy Warren; radio host Deb Scott; Irving Gilson, MD; the joyful Linda Joy and many others.
Lisa’s traditionally published clients have achieved 5- and 6-figure book deals with major publishers, such as Hachette, Random House, St. Martin’s Press, Harper Collins, New World Library, AMACOM, HCI, and Beyond Words. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News and New Morning and other national TV programs. They have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and much more. Several clients blog nationally for The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD. Four clients have won Nautilus Book Awards, four have won Stevie Awards; several have won Independent Book Awards and dozens of others have won other prestigious awards.
If you would like to work with Lisa Tener, please use the contact form provided on this site.