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Elizabeth Fishel has led the Wednesday Writers’ group in her Oakland, California living-room since 1991 and added a Friday Writers’ group in 2004. She has also taught at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and at UC Berkeley Extension where she was a 2007 Honored Instructor.

As a writer she probes women’s lives across the decades and her own evolution as a daughter, sister, writer, wife, mother, friend, classmate, midlife woman and now parent of two twenty-something sons.

She is the author of four books, Sisters, The Men In Our Lives, I Swore I’d Never Do That, and Reunion: The Girls We Used To Be, The Women We Became and co-editor with Terri Hinte of Wednesday Writers and Something That Matters.

She is the co-author (with developmental psychologist Jeffrey Arnett) of Getting To 30, the paperback edition of When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? published by Workman in May, 2013. Itís a parentsí guide to the years from 18-29 and has been called a “Dr. Spock for all stages of emerging adulthood.”

To read their blogs at aarp.org about parenting issues during these years (love and work lives, finances, moving in or moving on), see aarp.org.

Elizabeth has also written widely for magazines including Vogue, Oprah’s O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, More, and Good Housekeeping (click here to read Refeathering My Nest and Don't Forget to Click Reply). Her essays about writing have appeared in The Writer, including Ask the Kids, about being an author in the digital age, “Eight Publishing Strategies for the Road” and “Alike in Dignity” about the pleasures and perils of personal writing. She has written book reviews for The NY Times Book Review and The SF Chronicle (click here to read reviews of The Center of the Universe by Nancy Bachrach, June, 2009 and Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin, January 10, 2010). She was a Contributing Editor at Child for many years. (click here for more of Elizabeth’s recent work)

Two of her essays appear in recent anthologies. “Writing for the Cure” about the Wednesday Writers’ fundraising efforts for Bay Area breast care centers is included in The Social Cause Diet: Stories of Satisfying Acts of Service, edited by Gail Perry Johnston. For more information, http://www.cupolapress.com. “Refeathering” about life after her sons left for college is part of Writin’ On Empty: Parents Reveal the Upside, Downside, and Everything In Between When Children Leave the Nest, edited by Joan Cehn, Risa Nye, and Julie Renalds. For more information, http://www.writinonempty.com.

She lives in Oakland with her husband, Robert Houghteling, and they have two sons, Nate and Will. She has been a board member of the UCSF Medical Center Auxiliary at Mount Zion Hospital and is dedicated to working on behalf of a cure for breast cancer, the disease that took her mother’s life. She loves swimming her daily laps, puttering in her garden, hiking in the Berkeley-Oakland hills with her husband and sons, and of course, reading.

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Terri Hinte, the co-editor of Wednesday Writers and Something That Matters, is a Bay Area-based music publicist who was the Publicity Director at Berkeley's Fantasy Records for nearly 30 years. During that time she promoted the music and professional endeavors of a wide array of artists including Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Hank Crawford, Art Pepper, and Sylvester, to name a few. She took a special interest in Brazilian music, learning Portuguese and traveling extensively in Brazil. She was the principal contributor to the Brazilian music section of the original All Music Guide (1993). In 2006 the Jazz Journalists Association presented her with one of its A Team Awards, "for Advocates, Activists, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz."

As a freelancer, she has continued to represent Sonny Rollins (and his new label Doxy) as well as Berkeley's Jazzschool, guitarist Bobby Broom, the Quartet San Francisco, Laurie Pepper's Widow's Taste Records, singers Ed Reed and Andy Bey, and saxophonists Mel Martin and Bennie Wallace.

She is a travel writer and essayist as well whose work has appeared in the East Bay Monthly, Passionfruit magazine, and Travelers’ Tales Brazil which includes her essay, “Argentino,” the winner of the 1994 Book Passage Travel Writing Conference writing contest.

A longtime student of metaphysics, she is an Arts and Culture Commissioner for the city of Richmond, where she lives (with her pug and two Siamese cats), works, and gardens.

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