I am an MFA candidate in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars. That’s at night. By day, I am a writer and have been for over 30 years in the ad world.  My New York agency experience includes Wells, Rich Green; Della Femina, Travisano and Partners; BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather. In Dallas, I have worked at t:m (formerly Temerlin McClain); Integer; Rapp Collins; WFAA-TV; imc2; Tribal DDB and TPN. I have won Clios, Addys, Tellys, a Communications Arts award and a local Emmy. My work has also been included in Lurzer’s Archive.

I have worked with a wide variety of blue-chip clients: American Express, Chase, First Boston, Ocean Spray, Seagram’s, Bank of America, Frito Lay, Del Monte, Gatorade, Maxwell House Coffee, JC Penney, American Airlines and Black & Decker. Just a few of many.

My story “Leota Fogg” was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and placed in the Semi-Finals of the ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. My stories have been published in Litro UKRed Fez, Deep South Magazine and Flash Fiction Magazine. In December 2014. I made the Top 3 in the 1-Minute Monologue Contest in Clay Banks Studio in LA

In 2015, my screenplay, “Everything But Love” was a Quarter-Finalist in the ScreenCraft Comedy Competition in Los Angeles. In 2014, it was a Semi-Finalist (Comedy Category) in the Screenplay Festival in Los Angeles, as well as an Official Selection in the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Lizzie Skurnick, New York Times editor of “That Should Be a Word” has featured two words I coined on her Twitter page. See one of them here.

In April, 2014, I was one of seven writers selected to perform and read my true story in Oral Fixation at the Wyly Theater in the Arts District in downtown Dallas. Oral Fixation is akin to The Moth. www.oralfixationshow.com.

I co-directed/produced a documentary film, “His Name is Bob,” (www.hisnameisbob.com) that screened in nine festivals across the U.S. The film aired on The Documentary Channel for a year, and can be streamed on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vimeo, You Tube Movie Rentals and Snag Films. Bob and the film were featured on the cover of The Dallas Morning News. It was also was voted by the Dallas Observer as one of the Top 10 Music Documentaries in Dallas.

In 2003, I co-wrote/directed a piece in Jill Soloway’s (“Transparent” and “Six Feet Under”) underground comedy venue, Sit ‘N Spin at the HBO Workspace. Melanie Hutsell, SNL alum, and I worked together to create it and she performed the piece. Sarah Silverman was on the show that night, as was Scott Buck, executive producer of “Dexter.”

I have written five plays. In 1995, one of them received a staged reading at the Tamarind Theater in Hollywood in 1995.

In 1993, I was selected to participate in a Writer’s Residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. I have a Honorable Mention from PEN Women for a short story.

I have a B.A. and B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Feel free to contact me at lisa.johnson7@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter here.