Liz Jones has been a coach with WriteAtHome since 2006. She lives in the southwestern PA mountains, where she spends a lot of time hiking with her husband and three kids—Zeke,20, an engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, Gwen, 18, who loves horses and is headed to Penn State this fall,and Eli, 16, a junior in high school who loves paleontology, electronics and snowboarding.
In addition to her love of writing and coaching, Liz teaches children's literature at the University of Pittsburgh and teaches art to all ages at her studio in Connellsville, PA . She's recently taken an interest in community building through the arts, and this spring, brought together a group of local residents to paint a colorful design on a steep outdoor staircase for all to enjoy. She's also an avid gardener and is organizing a fresh produce drive in which local gardeners will share their produce at food bank distribution points monthly throughout the growing season.
Liz's approach to coaching is best described in the words of her favorite gardening adage--”The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.” She encourages young writers to seed their work with plenty of vivid ideas, prune out unneeded structure and let the sunshine in so their writing flourishes!