EC Murray

Writing Instructor Elizabeth E.C. Murray - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

E.C. Murray is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and teacher whose book, A Long Way from Paris, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2014. Reviewers stated, “Readers will laugh…readers will cry.” Her mystery book, An Unfamiliar Guest, is said to have “twists and turns readers never see coming.”  She's published articles in Hybrid Mom, Spokes and Strokes, ABILITY magazine, and Seattle's Child, as well as the Pushcart nominated short story, The Urban Goatherd.  

E.C. is the founder and publisher, a newsletter and website to educate aspiring writers and promote local authors. She and her staff have interviewed such Puget Sound writing luminaries as Erik Larson, Elizabeth George, David Guterson, Debbie Macomber, Garth Stein and many more, about their path to writing success. Her “tiny” book, Writers Unblocked contains excerpts from these interviews answering the simple question, “What is your advice for aspiring writers?” 

Murrays’s education includes two writing certificates at the University of Washington, writing studies at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island, and Stony Brook, Southampton, New York. Her first “tiny” book, Life Kind of Sucks, reflects her Masters in Social Work. 

Murray lives on Fox Island with her family and frisky cat. 

Teaching Style & Approach

Students find Murray’s writing classes fun, instructive, and inspiring. Classes include a hybrid approach with discussion of reading, lecture, prompts and the opportunity to read work to other students if desired.

She welcomes all writers, from those who have never actually written a word to those who have written volumes and wish to hone their skills.

Murray believes that while creative writing can be an intimidating process, the skills and craft can be learned so that anyone with the passion to write can learn to write well. Her classes offer support and encouragement as well as suggestions for improvement. Her goal is to support novice and experienced writers to grow in their craft. 

EC's Resources

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Twitter E.C. Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray): @WritersConnect3 

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Blog post: Writing Student Discusses Memoir: "Still Positive"

Student Testimonials

“I loved this class! I learned a lot and finally am putting my interest in writing fiction into action. Elizabeth is a fabulous teacher--encouraging, helpful, insightful, and positive.” 

"Learning from her experience of publishing books and stories in a variety of genres and her overall knowledge of the craft was fundamental to my own journey as a writer. She also provided detailed feedback and encouragement to all of us, coming from different experiences with writing and for our different projects. It's obvious that she is both passionate about writing and truly believes in her students - I would definitely take another class or workshop if I get the chance to!" 

"I really appreciate the strong experience of the instructor as a writer and a teacher. Her lecture material covered a lot of useful information for beginning writers and she did a great job integrating interactive material with her students." 

"I loved your teaching style and was amazed at how much information was imparted in a fun, lively and open environment." 

"The instructor was very knowledgeable and provided great pointers for writing. The assignments were good and motivating to write, and it deepened my joy of writing."

"I got some great ideas and tips to improve the short story I'm working on.