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© 2020 by Elizabeth Rusch


Elizabeth Rusch loves teaching, inspiring and mentoring writers. Her lively, interactive presentations always offer inspiration, exercises, practical advice, and often hand-outs.


Go to the Source: The art and science of finding and interviewing experts

Find the Story: How to write nonfiction that read like fiction

Write a Winning Book Proposal

Break into Any Magazine Market

The Great Multiplier: Market your book through magazine articles

The Writer/Editor Collaboration

Write a Killer Query

The Nuts and Bolts of Magazine Writing

Senses to Setting

Writing a Scene

Bringing Characters to Life

Listen Up About Dialogue

Mixing It Up About Conflict in a Story

Ramping Up the Suspense

Edit Yourself to Excellence

How to Get Published

Peanut Butter and Jelly and Why Details are Important

Write a Magazine Profile


Children’s Literature: An interactive survey of the market

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing for Children

Write the Perfect Picture Book

Revising Your Picturebook Manuscript

Writing Nonfiction for Children

Break into Children's and YA Magazine Markets

Graphic Novel Basics

Listen to the Children: How to get meaningful feedback from young readers

The Music of Life Performance


Two Ways of Storytelling: Visual and Narrative

Past Appearances

Willamette Writers

SCBWI in Portland, Seattle and Denver


Tucson Festival of Books

The Rotary Club

The Rose City Astronomers

Chalk It Up for Literacy

The Attic Institute

The Oregon Writing Festival

Oregon Association of School Librarians

Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Conference


Write on the Sound Conference

South Coast Writers Conference

The Innovative Northwest Teacher

NAAEE Conference

Northwest Author Series

National Science Teachers Association

National Council of Teachers of English

National Youth Leadership Council

Portland State University

Duke University

University of California at Berkeley