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Elissa C

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Last Login 6/30/2015
Location Milwaukee, WI
Education Masters Degree
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Summary of Experience
Elissa recently completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing at Western Michigan University, where she taught award-winning composition at the college level for three years. She has judged Montcalm Community College's creative writing contest and helped read and evaluate MFA fiction applications for Western Michigan this past winter. She also serves as the nonfiction editor for Third Coast, a national literary journal.

Elissa's writing as appeared in: NANO Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, Quarterly West, Harpur Palate, The Chariton Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and PANK. She also regularly contributes bar reviews and product spotlights to Alcoholmanac, a nightlife and drink culture almanac based in Milwaukee.

In addition to her writing and editing experience, she can offer attention to detail in language, prompt work turnaround, and openness to suggestions for revision.
Specialties
Elissa regularly writes product spotlights and bar/restaurant reviews for Alcoholmanac, a local Milwaukee magazine. She has written graduate school presentations on gender issues in linguistics, mental health evaluations, student recommendations and evaluations of student writing, descriptions of winning writing contest entries, and a guest author introduction. She selects and edits narrative nonfiction for Third Coast Magazine. Additionally, she has completed a short story collection and is at work on a novel.
Interests
Elissa is interested in all things food-related-- vegetarian/vegan/organic cooking and baking, local products and restaurants, food justice, and gardening. She regularly volunteers at her local food co-op. Elissa also enjoys reading and spending time with her three cats.
Education
Western Michigan University Aug 2010 – Apr 2013
Fiction Writing, Master of Fine Arts

Areas of study included: fiction writing with a secondary emphasis on playwriting, composition and creative writing pedagogy, literature, and linguistics.


Illinois School of Professional Psychology Sep 2003 – May 2006
Clinical Psychology, Masters

Areas of study included diagnosis and treatment of major mental illness with an emphasis on client-centered therapy. I completed a year-long field placement on an inpatient psychiatric unit in Chicago.


Beloit College Sep 1999 – May 2003
Psychology (major) and Women's Studies (minor), Bachelor of Arts

Beloit is a four-year liberal arts college. I took a writing-intensive curriculum that included coursework primarily in the social sciences, women's studies, and creative writing.


Honors and Awards
Gwen Frostic Playwriting Award, Honorable Mention Apr 2013


All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award Apr 2013


Graduate Teaching Effectiveness award Apr 2013


Norma VanRheenen Award for Excellence in Teaching College Writing Apr 2013


Association Memberships
Sigma Tau Delta Feb 2011
English honor society

Projects by Industry
Food

Elissa regularly contributes product spotlights and bar/restaurant reviews for Alcoholmanac, a local Milwaukee magazine focused on drink and nightlife culture. She recommends specific wine, beer, and spirits, synthesizing a panel's tasting notes as well as providing product company background.

Education

Elissa taught composition for three years at Western Michigan University, where she won the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness award. She also completed graduate-level coursework in rhetoric/composition pedagogy and creative writing pedagogy, during which she developed a teaching philosophy, artist statement, syllabus, course description, lesson plans, and class handouts.

Publishing

Elissa is the nonfiction editor of Third Coast, a national literary journal. She reads and evaluates submissions, requests revisions, and communicates with writers regarding the status of their submissions.

Additionally, Elissa serves as the judge for Montcalm Community College's creative writing contest. This year, she helped read and evaluate MFA fiction applications for Western Michigan University.

Projects by Asset Type
Product Description

Elissa regularly contributes product reviews to Alcoholmanac, a Milwaukee drink and nightlife magazine. Reviews include company descriptions as well as tasting notes and recommendations.

Projects By Expertise
Creative Writer

Elissa recently graduated from Western Michigan University with an MFA in fiction writing. Her work has appeared in: Harpur Palate, NANO Fiction, The Chariton Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, PANK, Quarterly West, and Midwestern Gothic. She has completed a short story collection and is at work on a novel.

Research Writer

Elissa completed numerous research papers in graduate school for both psychology and writing. Most recently, she wrote papers on gender issues in linguistics, creative writing pedagogy, and literature.

Projects by Writing Style
Promotional

Elissa writes product spotlights and bar/restaurant reviews for Alcoholmanac, a drink and nightlife magazine in Milwaukee.

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