Elizabeth Brinsfield


Elizabeth Brinsfield is a freelance editor and writing coach experienced in fiction, creative nonfiction, academic, financial, and magazine writing.

She helps clients generate material, deepen their understanding of the craft, and revise and polish manuscripts. Beth has an excellent understanding of English grammar, mechanics, and style, and she loves the serial comma.

Before editing, Beth taught short story writing at Drake University and the University of Montana and expository writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and College of Santa Fe. She led workshops for young adults through Lighthouse Young Writers Program, Phillips Exeter Academy Summer, and the Putney School Summer Program. Currently, she teaches a first year seminar at Drake University on classic fairy tales and their adaptations.
In addition, Beth was awarded grants by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and New Mexico Arts c/o the National Endowment for the Arts to teach poetry for three years at Navajo and Pueblo reservation schools.

She has also written marketing copy for Columbia University Press, grant proposals for the Santa Fe Indian School, and various articles for newspapers and reference publications.

Beth attended Bowdoin College and has an MFA from the University of Montana, Missoula.

Her work has appeared in Passages North, Diagram, Kenyon Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Cutbank, and Mom Egg Review.

“As an emerging writer, working with Beth was my first experience with a professional editor. Not only did I learn new things about structure, pacing, and character, but through her terrific notes I found myself inspired and excited to uncover new layers, which opened and deepened my work. Beth also stoked my confidence to trust when the revision process felt complete. After ending up a finalist in several top non-fiction contests, I was thrilled to win first prize in fiction for a short story. I could not be more grateful.“ Katie B.

“Beth gave me helpful comments about my novel in progress. Her analysis allowed me to envision the characters, the arc of the story, and plot resolution in a clearer light."

"Beth was a terrific editor. She was quick to find where and how I could improve my writing on a variety of levels and did so in a warm but professional manner. Because of her, my prose greatly improved." M.O.

“Beth became a true partner to me. She dug into my memoir with amazing focus on both the big picture and each word. She was an expert in detailed line editing and helped me write more clearly and purposefully. I felt Beth understood my writing was important to me, and she took a professional, committed, and approachable manner towards editing my memoir. I am very happy where we ended up!” Mindy Tsai