Presenters and Instructors

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Screen Shot 2019-01-09 at 11.53.39 PM.pngLisa Jakub is a writer, speaker, writing teacher, traveler, yoga teacher, and wife. She also makes really good spinach gnocchi. At the 2019 DC workshop, Lisa is teaching on memoir writing, and also critiquing manuscripts for attendees.

Lisa began her acting career at the age of four in Toronto, Canada. For the next eighteen years, she worked consistently in the film industry in Los Angeles, in projects that ranged from Hollywood blockbuster to cutting room floor. At the age of 22, Lisa realized that there must be more to life than premieres and pretending to be other people. She left the industry, got married, and lived happily ever after in our own version of a Hollywood ending.

Her memoir, You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up, is the story of growing up in the film industry and making the decision to leave in search of some peace. Her second book, Not Just Me: Anxiety, depression, and Learning to Embrace Your Weird, is a hopeful, entertaining, enlightening look at the root causes of anxiety, the latest research on mood disorders, and ideas for how we can all live authentically with more peace, power, and purpose. Part memoir, part journalistic exploration—this book reminds all of us that we are not alone.

Lisa’s writing has appeared in Newsweek,, Huffington Post, Yoga Magazine, US Magazine, Elephant Journal, Thought Catalog, Vanichi Magazine, ASPCA, and Hello Giggles. I’ve appeared on the Today Show, HuffPost Live, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and CBC.