Elizabeth Ferris is an editor, writer, and writing teacher at Life in 10 Minutes and our sister organization Richmond Young Writers. Elizabeth got her start editing while an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary, where she worked on the nonfiction book New Desires, New Selves (NYU Press). She’s edited for Vanderbilt University Press and freelance clients including journalists, educators, and aspiring novelists and memoirists. Currently, she is the executive editor for Life in 10 Minutes Press.
When not editing, Elizabeth contributes regularly to Richmond magazine, writing on topics ranging from banjo-playing pharmacists to the human microbiome. She has a BA in English from The College of William and Mary and is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte.
You can learn more about Elizabeth by visiting elizabethferris.com.
Saturday, March 30th from 10am-1pm.
Maybe the only thing trickier than exposing ourselves on the page is exposing others, especially loved ones. In this three-hour workshop, we’ll explore techniques for bringing other people alive compellingly & compassionately in our essays and memoirs. We’ll also discuss the pitfalls and perils of writing about people we know, and how we can successfully navigate that on our own terms. This class is open to all experience levels and will involve a combination of close-readings of book excerpts and essays, discussion, and three guided writing exercises.
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Saturday, April 20th from 10am-1pm.
Many of us come to the page, consciously or unconsciously, to heal. Writing about our experiences with disease and mental illness in our own lives and the lives of those we love can bring us peace and help connect us to others struggling with similar issues. In this three-hour workshop, we’ll read examples of writers who face illness, mortality, depression, and more head on. We’ll also practice writing and sharing our own stories. This class is open to all experience levels and will involve a combination of close-readings of book excerpts and essays, discussion, and three guided writing exercises.
About the Teacher
Saturday, May 11th from 10am-1pm.
‘Find yourself a place in the universe’, she said, ‘a place where the dirt feels like goodness under your feet.’
– Pam Houston (Waltzing the Cat)
What places have shaped you as person? Where do you go to feed your true self? In this three-hour workshop we’ll bring place to the forefront of our writing. We’ll look at examples of memoirs and personal essays that successfully bring the physical world alive and practice going deeper into place in our own writing. This class is open to all experience levels and will involve a combination of close-readings of book excerpts and essays, discussion, and three guided writing exercises.
About the Teacher
“This class has been helpful in every way. It was about editing, yes, but so much more…. I looked forward to it every week and wrote more than I have in a long time.”
– Mary Jo
“This was my first class in creative writing in a long time, but every lesson on process that introduced a named example of a writer’s technique was so helpful…. I loved the collective dialogue that took place. I think this was a wonderful space for personal discovery as writers and of connections.”
“This class was a wonderful experience. It was a pleasure to listen to and learn from the brilliant Elizabeth. Her calm presence and cheerful demeanor immediately made me feel safe and reassured me that I could share my writing.”