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Let Cara Lopez Lee support you with expert editing, ghostwriting, or coaching!

Editing & Ghostwriting:

Cara has more than 20 years of professional writing experience. She has written, edited, and ghostwritten more than twenty books, as well as writing a variety of stories and projects for the Internet, TV, and radio. Her talent and expertise encompass many genres, including: memoir, creative nonfiction, novel, young adult, journalism, essay, flash fiction, business, and personal growth. Cara also writes high quality book proposals and queries.


Cara has had a passion for mentoring other writers for more than 20 years. She has served as a professional creative writing coach and workshop leader since 2011, both independently and for such organizations as Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver Woman's Press Club, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, and Muse Online Writers Conference. Her students range from eight to ninety-three, beginner to published, fiction to nonfiction. Let Cara help you unleash the story inside you that's burning to be told.

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Cara Lopez Lee

Career Highlights


20 Books, including:
  • Two Truths and a Lie, Podcast #47: CheatsGet Me Off This Island, live storytelling—2017
  • No Extra Words, Podcast #81: You Looking at Me?The Afternoon Sleepwalk, flash fiction—2017
  • The Manifest-Station & Long Story Short—Smelly Make This Bed, essay—2017
  • 50-Word Stories—The Showstopper, flash fiction—2016
  • Pangyrus—Tiny Destroyer of Worlds, creative nonfiction—2015
  • Rivet JournalWhich Words Come Last, creative nonfiction—2014
  • Connotation PressSubterranean, creative nonfiction—2014
  • Cara Lopez Lee blog—posts dedicated to inspiring others to seek adventure in writing, travel, and life—creator, primary writer, photographer—2008-present
  • Denver Post
    • Bars No Barrier to Nurses' Care for Jail Patients, article—2008
    • Hot, Steamy: Yellowstone's Geysers Shoot Magic, travel article/photos—2007
    • Back in Time: Canyon of the Ancient Ones, travel article/photos—2007
  • Los Angeles TimesThe Parasites of Paradise, travel article—2003
  • Santa Fe New Mexican & Rocky Mountain NewsWorldwide Wanderer, travel series/photos—2000

  • PlatteForum: Biennial of the Americas Residency, Denver—Homes Within, Communities Without—Produced, co-wrote, & edited 2 digital video stories for an art installation featuring 6 artists & writers

Cara Lopez Lee

Professional Experience

CARA LOPEZ LEE, Denver, CO—Writer/Editor/Writing Coach—2007-present
  • Write & edit books, book proposals, & marketing materials for clients
  • Coach youth & adults to achieve their creative writing goals

MARK GRAHAM COMMUNICATIONS, Denver, CO—Ghostwriter/Editor—2005-present
  • Write & edit books & book proposals in all genres, including memoir, novel, young adult, business, personal growth
  • Have completed more than a dozen books requiring long-term client relationships

LIGHTHOUSE WRITERS WORKSHOP, Denver, CO—Youth Workshop Leader—2011 - present
  • Design & teach workshops for young writers, ages 8 to 18, for a creative writing center & urban outreach program

WORLD TRAVEL & WRITING—Traveler/Writer/Researcher—1998-present
  • Conducted research in China & Mexico for a historical novel in-progress, titled The Candlelight Bridge
  • Trekked solo around the world in 1998-99, focusing on Asia, Europe, North America
  • Global trek led to the newspaper series WorldWide Wanderer & the memoir They Only Eat Their Husbands
  • Places explored include: Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Guatemala, Peru, Costa Rica, Nepal, Thailand, India, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, England, Scotland, U.S. Pacific Coast, Sunset Limited historic train route, Route 66, Desert Southwest, New England, Alaska

HIGH NOON ENTERTAINMENT, Denver, CO—Writer/Field Producer—2000-02 & 2004-05
  • Wrote & produced TV shows & story segments for:
      • Dream House—series that followed a couple through the ups & downs of building a home
      • Modern Masters—series about successful artists who made functional art for homes
      • Great American Gardens—series that toured America's premier public gardens
      • Challenge—series that took an inside look at world-class food & beverage competitions
      • Extreme Pastry—special that challenged famous pastry chefs to create giant showpieces
      • Chocolate Festival Fantasies—special that toured North American chocolate festivals

  • Wrote & produced TV story segments for:
      • I Lost it!—series that profiled people who lost significant weight (often 100 pounds or more)

UNC-TV, PBS AFFILIATE, Research Triangle Park, NC—News Reporter/Field Producer/Video Editor—2000
  • Researched, wrote, & produced stories for:
    • NORTH CAROLINA NOW—nightly TV newsmagazine covering statewide issues & human-interest stories
      • Collaborated with photographers, wrote scripts, edited long-form news packages (video news stories)
      • Sometimes hosted the show

KTVA, CBS AFFILIATE, Anchorage, AK - Anchor/Producer/Reporter - 1992-98
  • Researched, wrote, & reported stories for:
    • ALASKA'S 11 NEWS—nightly TV newscast covering statewide news
      • Produced & anchored late-night & weekend newscasts
      • Uncovered a whistleblower case in the National Guard & a sex scandal involving a nonprofit organization
      • Specialized in investigative reporting, Alaska Native rights, politics, crime, human interest

Cara Lopez Lee

Awards, Associations, Education

5 Writing Awards, Denver Woman's Press Club—including 1st Place for Nonfiction Essay (2011)
11 Journalism Awards, Alaska Press Club—including three 1st Place awards for TV Reporting (1996, '97, '98)
Denver Woman's Press Club (member since 2004)—Special Events Chair, Program Chair, Unknown Writers' Contest Chair
Lighthouse Writers Workshop (member since 2007)—Studied advanced novel writing under acclaimed novelist & former Wallace Stegner Fellow, William Haywood Henderson
University of Colorado, Boulder—B.S. in Journalism, graduated with distinction, member of Kappa Tau Alpha (national journalism scholarship society), GPA 3.9
University of Southern California—Spanish language certificate