Elizabeth Benedict

Owner, Don't Sweat the Essay

Elizabeth Benedict is a bestselling novelist, journalist, editor, longtime professor of writing and founder of the internationally known Don't Sweat the Essay, which helps students throughout the world craft college and university application essays and personal statements, and present themselves persuasively in their applications. She works on Skype using Google Docs with students from New Delhi to New York and New Jersey. A graduate of Barnard College, she is a former professor of writing at Princeton, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Swarthmore College, MIT, Barnard and Columbia. She is the author of six novels and a classic book on writing fiction, and the editor of three celebrated anthologies of original essays, including Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives. Please visit her website: or contact her by email: