Elizabeth Benedict is a novelist, journalist, editor and writing coach. She runs Don't Sweat the Essay and is editor of three anthologies, including Me, My Hair and I and Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, as well as author of five critically acclaimed novels. Hallie Ephron in the Boston Globe called her most recent novel, The Practice of Deceit "a wickedly funny literary suspense novel" that is "wry, at times heartbreaking, always smart and entertaining." "Newsweek and Fresh Air's" Maureen Corrigan chose her previous novel, the bestseller Almost, one of the top five novels of 2001.
Her first novel, Slow Dancing>, published in 1985, was shortlisted for the National Book Award. She is also the author of several other novels and of a classic book, The Joy of Writing Sex , which is used widely in writing programs. She has taught fiction and non-fiction writing at Princeton, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Swarthmore College, and Columbia, and has written for The New York Times, Daedalus, Salmagundi, Esquire, Tin House, Harper's Bazaar, and The American Prospect.