My name is Louisa Deasey and I’ve had a lifelong passion for true stories.
In my 20+ career as a freelance and on-staff writer, editor and author I’ve written non-fiction for hundreds of national print and online publications, edited and ghost-written stories for major media and public figures, and sold two memoirs to traditional publishers. My latest memoir, A Letter From Paris, has been released on four continents and as an audio production from Blackstone. I’m currently working on my third, a dual memoir/biography based on a found manuscript – my late father’s memoir. My work on my father’s papers led to my teaching memoir, as I simply couldn’t find a step-by-step process to follow to tell a complex true story in book-length form.
Aside from reading and writing memoir, I’m a cat lover (rescue cats rule!), avid journaller, and Francophile.
I’ve created Memoir Academy to give back something I never could find, through all the writing courses, workshops and retreats I attended when I was finding my meet as a freelance writer and dreaming of publishing a book. I always wanted to know what happens behind-the-scenes in publishing and media, but the information was so closely-guarded, which meant that after five years of academic study, I was none-the-wiser to being published. Landing my first job in media was almost like an unlearning of all I’d studied at University: publishing is so much less about craft, so much more about pitch and sales strategy.
I’m determined to lift back the veil on the often-elitist traditional publishing industry, and it’s my goal to show as many writers as possible how to turn their incredible stories into published books.
Your memoir is a precious thing, it’s a valuable thing, and it could be your legacy. Our stories are all we truly own in this world, and once you’re published as an author, no-one can take that away from you.
This is why I created Memoir Academy.
Louisa’s teaching and writing is the stuff that dreams and hard work are made of… I will never write a book the way I did this one, I will follow Louisa’s Memoir Academy steps from the start!
Hi Louisa!! I’ve just received an email from writers Victoria to say that my essay won the non-fiction category and will be published in the next edition of their magazine… Thank you SO much for your feedback which helped me refine it, I am absolutely chuffed!!
The course was amazing and the prompts were just perfect. It has pushed me to finish my book! Thank you Louisa!
Thanks to your simple strategy I was able to get my manuscript to the publisher on time – thank you Louisa!
I just want to recommend Louisa’s memoir programs for anyone looking to up-level their writing. The content and the information is extremely valuable. 90 Day Memoir has transformed my relationship with my writing and I would not be at this point where I’m pitching and publishing without it – and I’ve been plugging away for 7 years!
The journalling course has been life-changing for me. I’ve taken many online courses before but this is the only one I’ve stuck with. I can’t wait to get up every morning and do my journal with coffee!
Your course is absolutely the best thing I’ve done for my memoir and I would not have finished this draft without it. Merci Louisa from the bottom of my heart!
I have known Louisa for 14 years. She is an amazing writer and interviewer, uncannily perceptive with a gift for nuanced observation. That blended with her media and publishing industry savviness, makes her formidable. To top it all off, she is extraordinarily nice. Louisa helped with research for a book on Pluto – not the easiest topic – with the brief to find people who had gone through notable life transformations and the exact date of the metamorphosis. Her research, subjects and little character bios of these people was flawless.