Write From Home
P.O. Box 4145
Hamilton, NJ 08610
E-mail: kim @ writefromhome.com
by Dana Mitchells
In her own words: Elizabeth Lyon
“I was born in Toledo, Ohio,
transplanted to Phoenix, completed my education in Los Angeles, and I have
lived in Eugene, Oregon for nearly twenty years. My children moved out on their
own: one and two years ago, respectively. Almost magically, after I shop, they
appear at lunch times. They also visit me on weekends and are a tremendous help
with this old Velveteen rabbit-like house, which I am preparing to sell. I
occasionally pay my daughter Elaine to do clerical or research work related to
my writing or editing career.
My professional titles are: author, editor, teacher, mentor. I am the president
of Editing International, LLC, a partnership of three editors. Personally, I am
called Mom. When an editing client called me that, I decided it was past time to
pull back on all that nurturing energy—just a tad. My formal education included
a Masters in Social Science/Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Azusa
Pacific University, California (1977). I earned a B.A. in Sociology from
Whittier in 1972. I have almost minors in humanities and anthropology. I
actually have no degrees or coursework in journalism, editing, or literature.
However, throughout childhood through college, I was a nerd-ette: wore thick
glasses, was out-of-it socially, and read constantly—everything. Lasik surgery
took care of my eyesight and I finally got a good haircut this last year. My
motto: If you wait long enough, all things change.
To date, the following books have been published:
Nonfiction Book Proposals
Anybody Can Write,
The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit and A
Writer's Guide to
Nonfiction. These three were published by Perigee (Penguin Putnam). My first
book, Mabel: The Story of One Midwife, was self-published, though distributed by
Midwifery Today magazine. In May 2004, Perigee will publish A Writer's Guide to
Fiction, and in Sept 2004, M. Evans and Company will publish National Directory
of Editors and Writers for Hire.
I have written articles that were published in The Writer and Writer's Digest,
with one from each magazine reprinted in The Writer's Handbook and The Complete
Guide to Novel Writing. Other articles have appeared in online e-zines, writer
organization newsletters, and my first publishing credit, Mothering Magazine. I
may have an essay on my experiences on 9-11 reprinted in a Beford Reader.
For the past five years, I've taught the master classes in novel craft at the
Writer's Retreat Workshop, a 10-day "boot camp" for novelists that takes place
at the end of May in Erlanger, Kentucky. It was started by the late Gary Provost
with his wife, Gail, and is a fabulous live-in workshop for novelists. I no
longer teach writing or publishing classes at any college or university.
Occasionally, one will invite me to do workshops or to speak to a class. Most of
my teaching is by invitation of writing groups or organizations, either through
their conferences or for private seminars I offer over a several-day period.
One of my greatest joys, fulfilling a promise to myself after the 9-11 tragedy,
was to re-energize writing for my soul. Since summer, I've been taking a class
in memoir writing and enjoying this thoroughly. In a way, this class is
skill-building and preparation for a book-length work I'd like to write that is
a blend of memoir, essay, and spirituality. At age 53, I am picking up many
threads of myself that I left behind when I concentrated on raising a family as
a single parent.”
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