Elaine L. Orr

Supportive advice for those who want to write and publish.
Elaine works out of her home, the library, and local coffee shops. She also travels some to lecture or attend conferences. She grew up in Maryland and has lived in Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois. She says she's making a tour of the "I" states, but doesn't plan to hit Idaho.

About Elaine L. Orr

Words can flow well, but you need a strategy to determine their purpose and your audience.

Elaine L. Orr has published more than thirty books, some on her own and some with a publisher. She spent a great deal of  time learning  the ins and outs of the business, but she realized that she only really needed to know ten percent of what she'd learned. Since then, she has helped others take their book ideas to fruition.

Sometimes she presents material at a conference or as a lecturer. That's time consuming, so she wrote blog posts to direct aspiring authors to. That meant advice was scattered among posts, and even an index was insufficient for a comprehensive approach.

Then she thought, why not write a book? Writing When Time is Scarce and Getting the Work Published brings together thought processes and practical steps for authors. Books are great, but not necessarily flexible.

Online classes are very flexible. A student can read the materials anytime and the teacher can easily update the curriculum.

Does that mean writing a book is easy? Get prepared to think through your ideas and your publishing options, and put those ideas to work.



Elaine worked in the public and nonprofit sectors for almost thirty years before she began publishing (and selling) her writing. Employers included the National Academy of Public Administration, the Government Accountability Office, and two Iowa members of Congress -- one Republican, one Democrat.


Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with an MA in Government. Elaine did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has taken fiction courses from The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown University's Continuing Education Program. Her education continues through reading and conference attendance.

Classes Instructed by Elaine L. Orr

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