When Elisa turned 40, a friend told her, “You are an artist. Read the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.” Thus began the manifestation of the artist she always dreamed of being – a writer, intent on mastering her craft. Elisa has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and trained as an Elementary School Teacher, but her main occupation, that of primary caregiver to her three creative and thoughtfully artistic children, allowed her to dip her toes into creative writing, teaching it to primary school children, and then plunging in herself, taking advanced writing classes, reading books about writing theory, and being actively involved in writing and critique groups. Her first publication, “Geometry Lessons,” was published in the Front Range Review in 2013. Elisa is editing and refining her first novel, The First Light You See By, and hopes to soon have it published. She is very happy to be a Slow Sander, and fully expects joining this group to be, as Chaim Potok says, a transformative choice. A native of Colorado and avid hiker, Elisa lives in Fort Collins with her husband and family.