“I can’t live without writing,” says Elizabeth Russell, published author. “It is a lens we can use to better understand the world around us.” Elizabeth, also an experienced teacher, desires to share her passion and knowledge of writing with students in the tri-cities area.
In the spring of 2016, fresh out of college and full of passion for the future, Elizabeth decided to pursue her life-long dream of a writing career. She polished and edited her fantasy novel and sent it hopefully into the world of publishing. To her astonishment, Clean Reads, a small, enterprising publishing company who individually values each of their authors, scooped it up and published it in June of 2017. “I couldn’t believe it – I was a published author! Halfbreeds could now be read and enjoyed by so many other people, and readers could come to love the characters as much as I do!”
Meanwhile, although still writing and hoping to publish more over time, Elizabeth keenly felt the floundering of many students, middle-school, high-school, and college aged, when it came to writing. “Writing is an arduous process, and without an understanding of its inherent structure, it can be difficult to figure out how to get thoughts onto paper,” Elizabeth explained. “It’s hard enough, sometimes, to say what we mean, and writing can be even more difficult. But we all have something to say, we all have opinions floating in our heads that seek expression, and it’s our responsibility to express them.” Elizabeth decided to devote herself to helping students learn how to write, and to write well.
“I began teaching students I knew – friends of my younger siblings, and even some of my younger siblings – but I was quickly meeting and teaching new students.” Elizabeth loves working with groups. “Groups allow the students to learn from each other and keep each other accountable, but I like to keep them small, six students or so, to allow me to give personal feedback and development for each person.”
Elizabeth earned an Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) certification in September of 2017, and taught an online writing and grammar class for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) for two years. IEW provides students with step-by step tools for essays, research papers, and creative writing. The program is designed to benefit students of all ages. Teachers who receive certification have demonstrated the ability to teach these concepts and adapt them in their own classroom settings. Elizabeth combines the program with her passion for fun in writing, and teaches with a combination of specific techniques and imaginative creativity. “Teaching for HSLDA,” she says, “has helped me so much! Working with other teachers who have taught for years, teaching in a professional environment, and encountering students from all over the country was such an exciting experience!”
Elizabeth will be offering a selection of classes this summer and fall for students of all abilities, whether they struggle with articulating their thoughts on paper or thrive on writing and want to hone their skills. To learn more about the classes or her novel, you can visit her website at www.elizabethrussellauthor.com or email her at elizabethbernadetterussell @ gmail.com.
Call: 630- 277- 0111
Email: elizabethbernadetterussell @ gmail.com