Yi Shun Lai is an author, a copy and content writer, an editor, and a writing coach and teacher based out of Southern California. Her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu, was a Semi-Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor. Through her own site, The Good Dirt, she chronicles her day-to-day writing life, and has recently been live-blogging her thoughts and experiences reading through Jane Friedman’s book The Business of Being a Writer.
In addition to her writing work, she teaches at various colleges and learning events throughout the United States, and works as a writing coach for budding authors and entrepreneurs working on their first books. In her spare professional time, she is the co-owner and editor for the Tahoma Literary Review, which publishes vetted poetry, fiction, and non-fiction submissions three times a year. When she isn’t doing all that work to make the world more creative, she is making it a better place by volunteering with ShelterBox, an organization that provides emergency services and supplies to areas affected by natural disasters or conflict.
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Elisa Doucette is a writer and editor who works with professional writers, entrepreneurs, and brands that want to make their own words even better. She is the Founder of Craft Your Content, and oversees Client Strategy and Writing Coaching. Her own writing has been featured in places like Forbes, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Yahoo! Small Business, and The Huffington Post, among others. She also hosts the Writers' Rough Drafts podcast here on CYC. When she isn't writing, editing, or reading words, she can usually be found at a local pub quiz, deep in a sun salutation, or binging TV shows for concept ideas and laughs.