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.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD candidate in English
  • University of North Carolina, BA English (phi beta kappa)
  • Joseph Adler Award in Dramatic Art
  • Whitfield Award in English
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • English
  • ESL
  • Expository Writing
  • Admissions coaching (College, HS)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    The tutoring is going extremely well - I have only great things to say about Elizabeth. She has taught Chris so many valuable things in only a few short lessons - can't wait to see where his skill level will be at the end of the year. (Cheryl, Parent)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    My daughter worked with Elizabeth for two year and we have been so pleased with our experience. She helped her with AP language and composition and helped her draft her college essays. Liz was a phenomenal tutor and helped her get ready for the AP exam. When it came time to work on essays, she really appreciated the fact that my daughter wanted it be her own voice and really helped her introspect about her life and come up with ideas while at the same time, allowing her the creative freedom to make it her own. Ultimately, after numerous redrafts they were able to come up with the winning essay that helped her get into Stanford! She even received a letter from admissions, and the admissions officer commented on how her essay really resonated with everyone who read it.
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