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Elizabeth Ferris is an editor, writer, and writing teacher at Life in 10 Minutes and our sister organization Richmond Young Writers. She is also the executive editor for Life in 10 Minutes Press. Elizabeth loves using teaching to build community — making connections with other writers and helping writers make connections with each other. She believes that one of the best ways to grow as a writer is to grow as a reader, and her classes often feature craft-based discussions of writings as well as strength-based feedback and insights into students’ work.

When not editing, Elizabeth contributes 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 reading ‘Six Questions with Elizabeth Ferris,’ on the L10 Craft Blog.

 
 

Workshops + Series


Lying on Purpose : A Crash Course in Fiction Writing with Elizabeth Ferris (Summer Session)
295.00

Class Date(s)

June 17 & 18 and 24 & 25, 7-9pm .

Class Details

Albert Camus famously called fiction, “the lie through which we tell the truth.” In this 4-session intensive we’ll take a deep dive into the world of fiction writing and explore how “lying” on the page can actually work to bring reality into sharper focus. We’ll explore questions of craft and theme through a combination of close readings of short stories and novel excerpts, discussion, and workshopping of our own material. This class is ideally suited to beginning fiction writers and fiction-curious writers, as well as practiced fiction writers who are looking for new perspective on their work.

Because this is an intensive designed to maximize writers’ exposure to the topic, some outside “homework” will be required. Outside work will not exceed one hour per session (for a total of 4 hours), and the instructor will provide all reading materials. During the second week of instruction, students will also have the opportunity to workshop a piece of writing for feedback from their instructor and classmates.

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Fire and Water: Adult Summer Camp with Valley Haggard and Elizabeth Ferris
225.00

Class Date(s)

Monday - Wednesday, July 1-3, 10am - 3pm

Class Details

What lights you up? What makes you burn? In which oceans do your stories swim?

In this three day adult summer camp, we will look at the primal elements of our stories, find balance, and incorporate extremes. We will create rituals around our writing, experiment with creative risks, write, brainstorm, and play. Join us for summer camp like you've never experienced it before.

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Writing the Body: Using the Five Senses to Tell Richer Stories with Elizabeth Ferris (7/13/19)
65.00

Class Date(s)

Saturday, July 13, 10am-1pm

Class Details

From the smell of your grandfather’s aftershave, to the particular lilt of your first love’s voice, small sensory details have the power to create big emotional impact. In this three-hour workshop we’ll explore ways to use the five senses to create richer scenes and build more meaningful connections with our audiences. Using class discussion, guided writing exercises, and close-readings of book excerpts and essays, we’ll practice tapping into our sensory tool-kit to craft engaging stories that connect body and mind.

Students who have taken this topic before are encouraged to attend again. The workshop will include a mix of old and new reading material.

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A Deliberate Construction: The Art and Craft of Memoir with Elizabeth Ferris (Summer Session)
295.00

Class Date(s)

August 12 & 13 and 19 & 20, 9:30-11:30am.

Class Details

“Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its selective composition. It may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction.”—William Zinsser  

Our lives are big, messy, beautiful, crazy things. So how do we tame them into a single project like a book? In this 4-session intensive we’ll talk about approaches and strategies for giving shape to our life stories on the page. We’ll read excerpts from published memoirs, engage in discussions of the craft, and put lessons into practice through guided writing exercises. Writers will also have the opportunity to workshop a piece of writing during our second week of class to receive feedback from their instructor and classmates.

This class is ideally suited to writers who have dreams of writing a memoir but aren’t sure where to begin, or writers who have found their drafts have stalled out. Because this is an intensive designed to maximize writers’ exposure to the topic, some outside “homework” will be required. Outside work will not exceed one hour per session (for a total of 4 hours), and the instructor will provide all reading materials.

About the Teacher

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(Un)Well: Writing About Disease and Mental Illness with Elizabeth Ferris (8/17/19)
65.00

Class Date(s)

Saturday, August 17, 10am-1pm

Class Details

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.

Students who have taken this topic before are encouraged to attend again. The workshop will include a mix of old and new reading material.

About the Teacher

Read more about Elizabeth Ferris.

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Testimonials

“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.” 

– Whitney

“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.” 

– Erin