Elizabeth Ayres

Elizabeth Ayres is an award-winning poet and essayist with a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where she was the Cornelia Ward Fellow and where she co-founded, with Julia Alvarez and Mary Gordon, the Women Writers' Workshop. She is the author of three books, Invitation to Wonder: A Journey through the Seasons, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers and Know the Way (poetry), and two Sounds True audio albums, the Ultimate Creative Writing Workshop and Creative Writing for Beginners. She is now working on her third book, a collection of essays entitled Land of Our Belonging: Encounters with the Wonder of Earth, Sea and Sky. Elizabeth has published poetry in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Hanging Loose, Malahat Review, Worcester Review and Van Gogh's Ear (with Norman Mailer, John Updike, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, et alia). She writes essays regularly for the Annapolis newspaper Bay Weekly, and her award-winning column, Soundings, appears monthly in Maryland's newspaper The Enterprise. She's received commissions to create new poems, and has performed her work in venues as diverse as The Library of Congress and New York City's Telephone Bar. Elizabeth has a well-deserved international reputation as a creative writing teacher. The groundbreaking writing techniques in her book, Writing the Wave, have been hailed by New York Magazine, Newsday, The Voice of America, WBAI, Library Journal, The Village Voice, The Woodstock Times and the Taos News.

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Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

And since nobody reads anything, I've simply removed the phone number from the site.  

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.