LWC, llc (Lisa Weinert Consulting)

LWC, llc (Lisa Weinert Consulting) Helping writers (re)connect to their bodies

Born and raised in New York City, I’m one of five children and the daughter of a writer. I came of age in book culture. I pursued publishing right out of college because I was, and still am, inspired by the power of narrative to transform. ​ In 2002 I began my career in the heart of investigative journalism at The Nation magazine, which was founded by abolitionists and is the oldest weekly magazine in the United States. It was post-9/11 New York, and as the first web intern I got to cover anti-war protests and protests of corporate corruption and help edit the online magazine. I moved on to spend eight and a half years as a publicist and editor at Vintage and Anchor Books, the paperback division of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at what is now Penguin Random House, Inc. There I had the opportunity to build a foundation in publishing by working with the some of the best minds in the industry. I promoted hundreds of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Tavis Smiley, Dani Shapiro, Andrew Weil MD, Kay Redfield Jamison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Mary Gaitskill. I learned how to weave books into the cultural conversation through publicity campaigns, and I also witnessed the fall of traditional publishing as book review pages and author tours began to disappear. After working at Random House, I moved on to join Jane Friedman’s innovative ebook company Open Road Integrated Media, where I had a front-row seat to the digital revolution in publishing and saw firsthand the dizzying array of new opportunities and challenges that writers faced. ​ I launched Lisa Weinert Consulting (LWC) in 2011 to advocate for and guide writers as they explore the vast new world of publishing in the digital age. My goal is to marry the best practices in traditional publishing with all the new opportunities digital publishing affords while keeping authors at the center of the process. Over the years, I have produced dozens of book projects at every stage of development. I have worked with major publishers like Audible, Library of America and The Feminist Press as well as major authors such as Ethan Nichtern and startup projects like Hearts on Fire, by Jill Iscol, with a foreword by Bill Clinton, and online serial publisher SerialBox. I specialize in narrative nonfiction, personal narrative, wellness, women’s leadership and spirituality. ​ Alongside my publishing career, I became a committed yoga student. In this practice, I experienced subtler forms of storytelling—the stories we hold in our bodies. I first fell in love with yoga when I was struggling with acute depression in college. In my first class, I entered a back-bending posture called “wheel” and felt relief and hope for the first time in many months. I was hooked. I completed a 500-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in 2014 and discovered the profound healing power of restorative yoga. I continued to study with Jillian Pransky and received certifications in restorative and therapeutic yoga. Motivated by my healing journey and my dedication to promoting stories, I partnered with the Kripalu to create the debut annual Narrative Medicine Program in 2016. ​ Whether I’m producing a book project or teaching a yoga class, I’m inspired to empower people to nurture their voices. There is valuable, lifesaving medicine in our stories that can heal us personally and as a society.

Mission: I am passionate about the power of storytelling to heal and transform lives. For the past 15 years, I have worked with hundreds of award-winning and bestselling authors as an editor, publicist, and literary coach, including Dani Shapiro, Oliver Sacks, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Mary Gaitskill. Alongside my publishing career, I have been a committed yoga student and teacher, with specialities in restorative, therapeutic and trauma-informed yoga. I believe yoga and writing go hand in hand—each unlock the stories we carry. I am the founder of Narrative Healing, a program that combines meditation, yoga, and writing to help writers (re)connect to their bodies, and feel empowered to launch their work into the world. I offer personalized holistic literary coaching, as well as group workshops, courses, immersions through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Wesleyan University, and The Authors Guild.

🌸Immersive Creative Retreat, Feb 2020, Galápagos Islands🌸Join me, Suleika Jaouad and Kate Johnson for an 11-day c...
05/14/2019

🌸Immersive Creative Retreat, Feb 2020, Galápagos Islands🌸

Join me, Suleika Jaouad and Kate Johnson for an 11-day creative immersion retreat complete with writing, meditation, yoga and adventure. 💫 catch the early bird pricing and sign up by June 1 - #linkinbio
So grateful to partner with the incredible folks @retreatours to create this magical experience. #travel #narrativehealing #retreat #meditation #writing #writetoheal @retreatours @narrativehealing @suleikajaouad @hello_specialkate

Where you set your gaze grows. ⠀⠀⠀This semester I've had the privilege of teaching my course The Age of the Storyt...
04/26/2019

Where you set your gaze grows. ⠀⠀⠀

This semester I've had the privilege of teaching my course The Age of the Storyteller to a group of brilliant seniors at Wesleyan University. In this course we set our gaze on two parallel tracks: the healing power of storytelling and the transformational experience of launching work into the world. In this twelve-week course we dive into generative meditation and writing exercises to stimulate the creative practice alongside practical lessons on how to develop a publishing proposal and launch strategy. In one term each student designs a book project and personalized publishing plan including detailed publishing strategy, marketing plan, publicity materials while keeping the creative process at the center of the experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It has been an incredible joy to work with these young writers and I’m excited to share some of my favorite titles to work with to stimulate creative practice and the healing power of writing. These titles offer tools to tap into the stories we carry in our bodies and getting them onto the page. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Narrative Medicine by #LewisMehlMadrona⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Deep Listening by @jillianpransky ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Writing Down the Bones by#NatalieGoldberg⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Artists Way by @juliacameronlive ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Still Writing by @daniwriter ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Write Prescription by @judihannan (especially grateful to @judihannan for being a guest speaker!)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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photo repost: @narrativehealing

02/04/2019

Do you have a book or other writing project waiting to find its readers? Check out The Age of the Storyteller, a one-of-a-kind online publicity and marketing course presented by me and @AuthorsGuild. These 8 modules will empower you with tools and tips from a diverse selection of industry experts to find your publishing path. Check out the #linkinbio to register!
#ageofthestoryteller #bookpublicity #selfpublishing #publishing #writing #digitalmarketing

Revisiting this trailblazing creative discovery program as I prepare to interview the legendary Julia Cameron tomorrow f...
01/22/2018

Revisiting this trailblazing creative discovery program as I prepare to interview the legendary Julia Cameron tomorrow for my Storyflow Conversations blog series for Kripalu. (In this series I talk with literary writers, yogis, doctors and spiritual leaders and explore the healing properties of storytelling). Anything you want to know?
More soon....

Thrilled to announce my new series with Kripalu called "StoryFlow Conversations"! This series features conversations wit...
10/18/2017
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Thrilled to announce my new series with Kripalu called "StoryFlow Conversations"! This series features conversations with visionary writers, yogis, doctors and spiritual leaders on the role of storytelling in the healing process. Honored to kick off this series with a conversation with my dear friend Judith Hannan, author of Motherhood Exaggerated and The Writer Prescription and also a Kripalu presenter who co-leads the writing workshops for my annual narrative medicine program at Kripalu. Read on!

StoryFlow is a new series featuring original conversations with Kripalu presenter Lisa Weinert and visionary doctors, writers, yogis, and spiritual leaders about the role of storytelling in their healing and caregiving processes. The first installment of the series features a Q&A with Judith Hannan.

LWC, llc (Lisa Weinert Consulting) http://bit.ly/2qH7U2O

Brava to LWC Client Communications Consultant @SusanMcPherson, featured in October's issue of Cosmopolitan for her great...
09/11/2017

Brava to LWC Client Communications Consultant @SusanMcPherson, featured in October's issue of Cosmopolitan for her great online social activism coined #slacktivism. We are so inspired by Susan!

Fall brings back warm back to school feelings even when you're a grown-up, and this year I'm even more excited because I...
08/29/2017
SELF-Made Women Who Inspire: Nicole Cardoza

Fall brings back warm back to school feelings even when you're a grown-up, and this year I'm even more excited because I'm working even more closely with one of our newest LWC clients, Nicole Cardoza, an amazingly talented, selfless #girlboss who's brining yoga to underserved schools around the country through her company Yoga Foster. Among her many accolades: she's a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, a TEDx speaker, and has been featured in SELF, Paper, and Wanderlust. You can read about her life-changing career shift here: https://www.self.com/story/self-made-woman-nicole-cardoza

Now all we need are yoga-recesses in our offices...

The founder of Yoga Foster on how she turned an off-duty passion into a full-time career.

It's official! Registration for next year's Narrative Medicine immersion Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is live. Our f...
08/27/2017
About Natalie

It's official! Registration for next year's Narrative Medicine immersion Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is live. Our featured speaker will be the remarkable and wise writer and artist Natalie Goldberg. Reserve your spot for this week-long full body and soul exploration of the power of storytelling in the healing process.

http://nataliegoldberg.com/about/

https://kripalu.org/presenters-programs/narrative-medicine-cutting-edge-approach-healthcare

Natalie Goldberg is the author of Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within (1986), which broke open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country. The book has sold over […]

08/15/2017

Welcoming the incredible @SusanMcPhearson to the LWC family is one of the joys of August! A major player in the women's leadership movement, Susan was last month traveling with UNHCR (UN High Commission for Refugees) to meet with, and learn more, about the refugees fleeing across the Med Sea from North Africa and how the Italian government and Italian people are dealing with the situation. She told me "it was harrowing and tragic" to learn about these young people's situations, and it's thanks to the work of good people like her that we are able to make strides in the overall improvement of human welfare around the world. Susan serves on the board of USA for UNHCR which is the advocacy/fundraising arm for UNHCR in the United States--stay tuned for more on her forthcoming book project with LWC.

Tomorrow @signaturecycles--cyclist, executive coach, brilliant writer and amazing dad Michael O'Brien talking about his ...
08/11/2017
Signature Cycles

Tomorrow @signaturecycles--cyclist, executive coach, brilliant writer and amazing dad Michael O'Brien talking about his memoir SHIFT, all proceeds benefitting World Bicycle Relief #powerofbicycles http://signaturecycles.com

We Create the Pathway to Your Cycling Dreams

So excited to spend next week with beloved writing guru Nancy Slonim Aronie  at her Chilmark Writing Wrkshop. It will be...
08/10/2017
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So excited to spend next week with beloved writing guru Nancy Slonim Aronie at her Chilmark Writing Wrkshop. It will be magical...http://chilmarkwritingworkshop.com

Writing from the heart Finding your own voice workshops with Nancy Slonim Aronie

08/09/2017
28 | June | 2017 | Brooklyn Zen Center

How do you define creative collaboration? This weekend Brooklyn Zen Center Kate Johnson will be discussing this and leading an immersion on team dynamics https://brooklynzen.org/2017/06/28/

Basics in Social Presencing Theater Weekend Immersion Posted by Dulce Fernandes on June 28, 2017 With Kate Johnson, August 12 – 13 Drawing on the arts and contemplative traditions, Social Presencing Theater brings to the surface a clearer sense of the relationships, hidden dynamics, and emerging pos...

08/04/2017
Nonfiction Book Review: The Dharma of the Princess Bride: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships by Ethan Nichtern. North Point, $26 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-0-86547-776-6

"For those who seek meaning, love, and values, even in unorthodox places, this unusual work will come as a pleasant surprise." Publishers Weekly loves Ethan Nichtern's DHARMA AND THE PRINCESS BRIDE https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-86547-776-6

Nichtern (The Road Home), a Buddhist teacher in residence for the Shambhala N.Y.C. community, uses the 1987 film The Princess Bride as a frame for life lessons and discovering deeper

Narrative Healing with Lisa Weinert
07/19/2017

Narrative Healing with Lisa Weinert

LWC, llc (Lisa Weinert Consulting)'s cover photo
07/19/2017

LWC, llc (Lisa Weinert Consulting)'s cover photo

Nothing beats an author getting his first finished books! An honor seeing Michael O'Brien with his memoir, SHIFT, on-sal...
07/07/2017

Nothing beats an author getting his first finished books! An honor seeing Michael O'Brien with his memoir, SHIFT, on-sale 7/11. Preorder a special signed copy today--almost as good as hand-delivery on a bike :)https://michaelobrienshift.com/michaels-bookstore/

Acclaimed Meditation Teacher and Author of the forthcoming DHARMA AND THE PRINCESS BRIDE (9/12) Ethan Nichtern will be t...
07/06/2017
Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

Acclaimed Meditation Teacher and Author of the forthcoming DHARMA AND THE PRINCESS BRIDE (9/12) Ethan Nichtern will be teaching this weekend for the last time until fall! His Shambhala Training Weekend 1: Feel Human Again is taking place 7/7-9 at Shambhala Meditation Center of New York. It will help to strengthen your meditation practice immensely. https://ny.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=280848

If you can't make it, tune into the latest episode of his "Meditation in the City" podcast, How Can Buddhists Deal with Wealth?
http://www.ethannichtern.com/tag/podcast/

Click Here to Register You can always start again. Especially when everything seems stuck. Take some space, and just start again. Treat the present moment as if 'now' is the dawn of time. – Ethan Nichtern Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Weekend I, is the first program in the renowned Way of…

LWC, llc (Lisa Weinert Consulting)'s cover photo
07/06/2017

LWC, llc (Lisa Weinert Consulting)'s cover photo

So proud and excited to announce that Deb Ebenstein's courageous and powerful debut memoir Mani Pedi Stat is now in stor...
10/28/2014
Mani-Pedi STAT by Deb Ebenstein

So proud and excited to announce that Deb Ebenstein's courageous and powerful debut memoir Mani Pedi Stat is now in stores! http://www.rarebirdbooks.com/manipedistat/

A laugh-out-loud funny, sassy, helpful, and profoundly honest memoir, Mani-Pedi STAT chronicles Deb Ebenstein’s two bouts with cancer, and a rare blood disorder, between the ages of 16 and 33. Navigating cancer treatments while continuing to balance real life and then returning to a world she doesn…

DT Max talking about disease and narrative at Program in Narrative Medicine Grand Rounds - Columbia University
10/01/2014

DT Max talking about disease and narrative at Program in Narrative Medicine Grand Rounds - Columbia University

The internal layout first pass version of Ethan Nichtern's major release THE ROAD HOME just in and it looks beautiful! A...
09/29/2014

The internal layout first pass version of Ethan Nichtern's major release THE ROAD HOME just in and it looks beautiful! Also just learned that foreign rights are selling like hot cakes thanks to the great work of the good folks at FSG including old friend @amberhoover. So grateful and excited!

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07/09/2014
The Center for Narrative Practice

Check this out!

Our goal is to establish a Center for Narrative Practice in Cambridge in 2015. Join our movement. Together, we can change the world, one story at a time.

06/27/2014
This Is Your Brain on Writing

This is your brain on writing. The New York Times investigates what happens in our brains when we write:

For the first time, researchers have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of writers as they created fiction. The results have drawn strong reactions from other scientists.

"But the research here is...actually doing something far more interesting than telling us which medium [paper or ebook] ...
06/26/2014
E-books v paper? - FT.com

"But the research here is...actually doing something far more interesting than telling us which medium [paper or ebook] is superior. It’s making us think more about what it means to read."

Choosing books to take on holiday has got more difficult in recent years. Now it is a question not just of what to read but how – on paper, tablet, e-reader, or perhaps even a phone – and people have strong opinions on which is best. But is there

We're so excited to announce ARCHER, a new publishing service for creators, launching this week with a reissue of Audibl...
05/30/2014
HOME FIRES

We're so excited to announce ARCHER, a new publishing service for creators, launching this week with a reissue of Audible CEO Don Katz's iconic title "Homes Fires," now available for the first time as an audiobook and ebook! An honor and thrill to rediscover this classic piece of literary nonfiction which NYTimes called "mesmerizing" and "important."

Home Fires is the powerful saga of the Gordon family - real people, names unchanged. Spanning nearly five decades, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, their story has the scope, depth, wealth of incident, and emotional intensity of a great novel, and an abundance of humor, scandal, warm…

Be the Sid Vicious and/or Coco Chanel of 21st c. book publishing: all you need, right here in our June 2 - 6 program (vi...
05/19/2014
2014 Course Speakers - CUNY Publishing Institute

Be the Sid Vicious and/or Coco Chanel of 21st c. book publishing: all you need, right here in our June 2 - 6 program (via @cunypublishing). Excited to appear on this distinguished and fun program!
http://cpi.journalism.cuny.edu/course-speakers/

Participants include: Joe CraigEditor-in-chiefHistory Book Club and Scientific American Book Club Elisabeth DyssegaardEditorial directorHyperion Books, a division of ABC Aziz IshamPresidentreKiosk: a new approach to selling books (and other digital media) on the web Karina MikhliVice president of co…

Congrats to Paul Rome - We All Sleep in the Same Room is a nominee for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize! So proud of...
05/08/2014
2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize | PEN American Center

Congrats to Paul Rome - We All Sleep in the Same Room is a nominee for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize! So proud of him, and honored to have been involved in the project from the start.

2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham PrizeThe PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work—a novel or collection of short stories—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise. The winner receives a cash award of $25,000, a stipend int…

Listen to Leonard Cohen recite his poems, "For E.J.P, You Have the Lovers" and "The Stranger Song" http://ow.ly/w6ho4  @...
04/24/2014
Leonard Cohen - 92YMedia

Listen to Leonard Cohen recite his poems, "For E.J.P, You Have the Lovers" and "The Stranger Song" http://ow.ly/w6ho4 @92y #pocketpoem

Leonard Cohen visited 92Y in 1966 to read several poems and perform one song that would become an all-time classic. In this excerpt, Cohen reads two poems – “For E.J.P” and “You Have the Lovers” – and performs “The Stranger Song,” which became popular in 1967, with the release of Cohen’s debut album…

Poetry ebooks from The Library of America are specially priced as low as $4.99 for National Poetry Month! Find out more ...
04/08/2014

Poetry ebooks from The Library of America are specially priced as low as $4.99 for National Poetry Month! Find out more at https://bit.ly/LOAPoetrySale

Join us, Hearts on Fire by Jill Iscol, Samasource, and Medic Mobile at #SXSW to discuss how technology can fuel social c...
03/05/2014
How Does Technology Fuel Social Change?

Join us, Hearts on Fire by Jill Iscol, Samasource, and Medic Mobile at #SXSW to discuss how technology can fuel social change! Come to our panel on Saturday at 3 PM, and tweet with #FuelChange to join the conversation!
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP26240

How does technology fuel social change? Panelists Jill Iscol, Leila Janah, and Josh Nesbit, will discuss how technology has revolutionized social activism.

Yes, yes, yes! Thank you BuzzFeed Books. Number 20 anyone?
03/05/2014
19 Things Women Writers Are Sick Of Hearing

Yes, yes, yes! Thank you BuzzFeed Books. Number 20 anyone?

We asked 19 female writers at the annual AWP conference what they are tired of being told. Here's what they wrote.

03/05/2014

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Meg Clark hard at work on all things social media in LWC's new digs at WeWork Labs!
03/04/2014

Meg Clark hard at work on all things social media in LWC's new digs at WeWork Labs!

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