Ask writing coach Lisa Tener how to pen an inspirational memoir, and she’ll point to one of her own success stories, Dr. Tim Warren.
Before he turned to her for advice, he was best known as a Rhode Island chiropractor. Outside the clinic, though, he was a globe-trotting outdoorsman. He’d trekked to the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, and well before the Himalayas became a trendy hotspot. Warren’s experience made him a popular speaker at local schools, and that got him thinking he should aim for a bigger audience.
He took Tener’s eight-week writing course, and then sat down at a keyboard and banged out “Lessons from Everest,” a high-adventure story with a universal message for everyone seeking to reach their full potential. He still talks to school kids, but these days he’s also in demand at gatherings for corporate executives.
“Tim Warren could have written a book that was simply about climbing Everest, but there are a lot of other books about that,” Tener explained. “Instead, he’s giving you the personal tools he used to make the climb, and making it a captivating story that applies to the business world.”
That kind of advice has made Tener – a Rhode Islander for almost a decade – one of the country’s most successful writing coaches. She’s got a tool box of techniques to get creative juices flowing, and the know-how to help writers deal with the publishing industry as well. Authors who’ve graduated from her course have signed contracts with Simon and Schuster, Random House, Scribner’s and other major publishers. Others have self-published.
As an author’s guide and mentor, Tener has also garnered worldwide recognition. At last year’s International Business Awards, she picked up a Stevie, the business world’s Oscar. The category: Best New Service-Media.