Liz Coursen

Liz Coursen grew up bouncing between Brunswick, Maine, and Sarasota, Florida. A self-described "serial entrepreneur," she started her first business—selling Christmas ornaments of her own design and manufacture door-to-door in her West-of-Trail neighborhood—as a sixth grader in Sarasota's Southside Elementary. Liz attended Pineview School before moving back to Brunswick, where she graduated from Brunswick High.

Liz graduated from Emory University in 1981 with a degree in English Literature.  At Emory, she put herself through college by starting a lawn care service, and played ice hockey all four years—as the only girl on the team.

Several years ago, Liz began to collect discarded library books and distribute the books to homeless people; to date, she has given away more than 15,000 books to homeless and needy people in the Sarasota community.

In 2006 Liz joined Toastmasters International, an experience she describes as "life changing." Today—much to her surprise and delight—she maintains a busy professional speaking schedule, speaking 80—100 times a year. Liz was voted District 48, Division E's "Outstanding Toastmaster" in 2014. She is past-president of the Herald Advanced Toastmasters club and regularly competes in speaking contests. It wasn't until 2013, however, that she got up enough nerve to realize her "dream" speaking engagement: being a lector in her church.

Liz's professional focus has begun to center on writing how-to guides for people for whom American English is a second language. 2017 will see the debut of her eleventh book, Write AMERICAN! The first book in the Write American! series will be for the Indian market, and she plans to present American English business writing workshops in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru in the late spring of 2017.