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Lisa  Towles - IBM. Oakland, CA, US

Lisa Towles Lisa  Towles



Creative, dynamic speaker in areas of Technical/Documentation Writing and Fiction Writing



Longtime writer and award-winning journalist, Lisa Towles (who publishes under the name of Lisa Polisar) is a veteran technical writer and documentation manager with over 15 years of experience, as well as a multi-published fiction author and journalist. She uses her background in psychology and music to incorporate the marketing/public relations aspects of writing into her work. She lives in the Bay Area and is interested in speaking engagements and panels focused on creative writing, technical writing, technical documentation, storytelling, strategic planning, and/or personal brand/messaging.

Industry Expertise (3)

Computer Software

Training and Development

Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (3)

Fiction Writing

Technical Writing


Accomplishments (3)

Published Mystery Author (professional)


Lisa is the published author of 4 commercially-available mystery novels - read more about them on her personal website: This is ongoing and Lisa has been writing novels and short fiction for the past 20 years. Her work is widely published in literary journals and commercial magazines.

Author of Short Fiction (professional)


Lisa has had her short fiction widely published in a variety of literary journals, literary magazines, newspapers, and websites. Read more about her short fiction at

Award-winning Journalist (professional)


Lisa won two journalism awards in 2004 for her art reviews published in Crosswinds Weekly, a weekly arts and entertainment for which she was a regular contributor. When Lisa lived in New Mexico, she wrote for over 15 local publications, including features, profiles, art reviews, and book reviews. Her nonfiction articles have also been published in online magazine. She has also written technical articles for engineering magazines, including CONTROL.

Education (2)

University of Hartford/Hartt School of Music: Bachelor of Music, Music (Flute performance) and Psychology 1988

plus graduate credits in psychology

University of Exeter: None, Psychology and Music

Studied her ein 1989

Affiliations (3)

  • IBM
  • Mystery Writers of America
  • Society for Technical Communication



  • Panelist
  • Author Appearance


0 to 1000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee