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 2004 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 40—60 times a year. Liz was voted District 48, Division E's "Outstanding Toastmaster" in 2014. She is past-president of the Herald Advanced Toastmasters and Sarasota Herald Tribune Toastmasters clubs 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 training today's professionals in the niceties of modern business writing. Her interest in American English punctuation and grammar hasn't flagged, however; in the spring of 2017, Liz presented writing workshops at Toastmasters conferences in Atlanta and Huntsville. 2017 also saw the debut of Liz's thirteenth book, Write AMERICAN! for Marketing and Sales Professionals, the third book in her "Write American!" series for the India market. In the late spring, after delivering her first major keynote address to the District 41 Toastmasters Spring Conference in Chandigarh, India, Liz presented American English business writing workshops in Pune, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Editing also continued to be an exciting part of Liz's professional life; fellow Toastmaster and accomplished author Barbara Milhoan published her first book, Unconscious Decisions, in the spring.
Liz's 2018 promises to be a busy year, with a return trip to India planned, numerous speaking engagements right out of the gate, new projects in the wings, and, of all things, a novel, on the horizon.