Elizabeth was born in the boonies of Appalachia. She attended the University of North Carolina, double-majoring in dramatic art and English and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded the Joseph Adler Award in Dramatic Art and the Whitfield Award for her work in department of English, and her senior thesis earned the top departmental prize. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the English department at Harvard University.
Elizabeth has worked professionally as an editor of economic, policy, and legal writing, has instructed undergraduates in literature topics from Beowulf to Beckett, and has reviewed countless application essays. She delights in helping students and professionals develop and refine their writing skills. Her goal is to put students at ease as they tackle the challenges of verbal and written expression, and to make the very personal business of essay and application writing a rewarding process (and maybe even a fun one!). Elizabeth relies on tools derived from performance techniques to help students improve their public speaking and interview skills, often key components of a successful application.
In her secret double life, Elizabeth has worked for many years as an actor, director, and producer of theater, teaching and performing everything from acrobatics to Shakespeare.