Author of the novel The Deflowering of Rhona Lipshitz. Also a screenwriter, Ms. Lieberman Doctor was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award and was a motion picture development executive at such studios as Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Tristar Pictures. She also teaches fiction and character workshops at the Esalen Institute.
I have always had a deep and abiding respect for writers; it takes enormous courage to become the mirror that reflects truth back to the reader, to enlighten as well as entertain by presenting the story and the people who populate it with absolute honesty. All that truth can seem daunting, if not downright terrifying, but the rewards are great: when our stories are at long last completed and in the hands of others, there’s the delicious knowing that our carefully chosen words have made an impact. We have allowed our readers to see themselves through new eyes, we’ve helped create a shift in their consciousness or perhaps we’ve shaken up their belief system. Our characters have become complex human beings with the ability to inspire and affect others. What can be more satisfying than that?
Our Students Say it Best!
“I found Ms. Doctor to be an unusually inspirational instructor. In my experience, writing courses rise or fall based on the level of the instructor’s empathy and insights, and Ms. Doctor was first rate in that regard.” — Writers’ Program Student