Elizabeth Ayres founded the Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing in 1990. In early 2017, she retired to join the Sacred Monastery of St. Nina in Union Bridge, Maryland. The Center for Creative Writing continues under the directorship of Stacia M. Fleegal.
A writer and charismatic workshop leader for over 40 years, Ayres once taught at New York University and the College of New Rochelle; at the New York Open Center and Ghost Ranch Conference Center; through Poets-in-the-Schools and Poets & Writers; and in libraries, senior centers and other public forums. She was hailed by New York magazine, the Voice of America, New York Newsday, the Village Voice and The Woodstock Times for her groundbreaking teaching methods.
An award-winning poet and writer, Ayres is the author of Azimuth of God: poems of absence & presence, Home After Exile, Mirror of Our Becoming, Writing the Wave and Swimming the River of Stone, as well as the audio book series Creative Writing from A to Z and the audio books in the Invitation to Wonder ‘Journey’ Series (based on Mirror of Our Becoming.). Ayres holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where she was a Cornelia Ward Fellow.
Elizabeth talks about her background as a writer