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About Elizabeth Chang and Nevin Martell

Elizabeth Chang  is a freelance journalist and a Professional Writing instructor at the University of Maryland. Her 30-year career at The Washington Post included a long stint in Features, where she was an editor in the Sunday Magazine before serving as Wellness editor and Deputy Travel editor. Many of the  narratives, trend stories and service stories she edited were written by freelancers. She is collaborating on a book about puberty to be published by an imprint of HarperCollins in 2025.

Nevin Martell is the author of eight books and a veteran freelancer with over two decades experience whose work has been published by The Washington Post, USA Today, National Geographic, Fortune, and Washingtonian.


Teaching Style: Elizabeth and Nevin have a no-nonsense, but approachable, teaching style honed over decades of real life experience. Their unique partnerships affords students an inside look at both sides of the pitching and publication process. They offer detailed, actionable feedback and love to answer questions.

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