Write the World College Essay Program Education Team

Billie Fitzpatrick

Michelle “Billie” Fitzpatrick, a writer and educator, helped to launch Write the World. She leads its pedagogical vision and helped to design the curriculum of its learning platform. Billie has taught writing at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Houston, among other colleges and secondary schools. She also served as an educational consultant to CAST, Inc, where she designed UDL curriculum and facilitated online courses for educators. As a professional writer, Billie collaborates with authors to bring their visions to life, co-authoring over forty books in non-fiction and fiction. She earned an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a MA in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and a BA in English and French from Rice University.

Liza Cochran

Liza Cochran stewards the education vision at Write the World, working with community members to develop innovative writing curriculum and programming. An educator and writer, Liza has designed and implemented writing curriculum in high schools, colleges, and community centers across the US, including the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Emerson College, and Grub Street Writing Center. Since 2016, Liza has served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Emerson College. You can find her work in the Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, and Fifth Wednesday Journal. Liza loves helping young writers find their authentic voice on the page, as they explore different genres and tools of craft. She can be reached at liza@writetheworld.com.

Brittany Collins

As the Teaching & Learning Coordinator at Write the World, Brittany Collins creates and supports educational programming and publications while working directly with students, teachers, and partners to support their use of the platform. She studied English and Education at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned her B.A. with a focus in writing. She has published over 20 articles in such outlets as The Washington Post; Education Week; Inside Higher Ed; Edutopia; and The National Council of Teachers of English, gaining publicity from Arianna Huffington, Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine, and the New York Times. To the Write the World College Essay Program, Brittany brings a passion for encouraging students as they find, hone, and share their story in pursuit of their academic goals. She has worked with student writers at the elementary, high school, and college levels, and is ready to answer any writing questions you or your family may have! Reach out to her at Brittany@writetheworld.com.  

Gabrielle Lieberman-Miller

With a history of successfully leading operations for educational organizations and a passion for improving writing outcomes, Gabrielle Lieberman-Miller directs the College Essay Program at Write the World. At the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Language & Literacy Program, she connected academic research to classroom practice by developing a comprehensive educator’s resource to improve socioemotional and perspective-taking skills. She has since supported students one-on-one in crafting engaging and effective narratives, and has held directorial positions at several ed-tech organizations. Through these roles, she has optimized training and service quality to help hundreds of students gain acceptance to their dream college. She looks forward to the opportunity to help you and your family succeed with the college essay and beyond! She can be reached at gabrielle@writetheworld.com.

Chris Feeney

Chris is a recent graduate of Middlebury College, holding a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. At Middlebury, he studied in a variety of workshops, ranging from poetry to playwriting to fiction, and spent a semester assisting high school students with writing their first full-length play as part of Vermont’s Young Writers’ Project. In addition to writing his own fiction, which has been shortlisted in CRAFT Literary magazine, Chris reads submissions for the New England Review. Previously a writer on Write the World, Chris now works as an Expert Advisor and Workshop Mentor where he seeks to bring out the best in a young person’s writing and to cultivate an enduring love for the craft. As an emerging writer and former college applicant, Chris understands how daunting it can be to put new words on a new page, and he loves to make this process enjoyable, enlightening, and a little bit easier. He can be reached at chris@writetheworld.com.

Anna Gibbs

A former writer on Write the World, Anna Gibbs serves as an Expert Advisor and Workshop Mentor on the site. Anna recently graduated from Harvard College with a BA degree in English. While at school, she studied under renowned writers and worked as a fellow at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, where she collaborated with teachers to develop curriculum for college students. She has written articles for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Earth Island Journal. Her interest in literary journalism has sharpened her eye for the use of common storytelling techniques — such as voice, theme, and characters — within the setting of nonfiction writing. She looks forward to helping writers feel confident about these elements of their college essay. You can reach Anna at agibbs@writetheworld.com

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