About Elle Brooks

Elle Brooks is a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Alumni, a 2012 Squaw Valley Community of Writers Alumni, and a Certified Creativity Coach.

She is currently working on a memoir-in-progress titled, In the Land of Liars, Cheats & Thieves: A Love Story, which chronicles her turbulent journey through sexual exploitation and what happens when a random call to a local radio station DJ challenges everything she thought she knew about men, as an Atlantic City prostitute.

Elle has studied with some of Southern California’s best writers and instructors including Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Liz Gonzalez, David Ulin, Barbara Abercrombie, Maureen Murdock, Paul Mandelbaum, and Samantha Dunn.

Through memoir, essays, and thought-provoking commentaries, Elle hopes her authentic and candid writing style blasts stereotypes, sheds new light on old subjects, and gets people talking beyond the headlines of sexual abuse, the commercial sex industry, and women’s issues in general.

Elle hosts the popular weekly writing group, ”Wake Up & Write! ~ Across the Miles” as well as private workshops and coaching sessions.  As a women’s advocate, she facilitates the ”We Women Unite” writing group held exclusively for women of abuse.

Elle is proud to be the creator and facilitator of a 10-week writing workshop through San Diego Youth Services S.T.A.R.S program and Counseling Cove which provides support to empower teen girls affected by commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking by developing their inner strength, building a sense of community and supporting their reintegration into mainstream society.  Through writing exercises, reading assignments, and lively discussion, the girls discovered a new way to express themselves and share their experiences in their own words.  The girls call themselves ”Exquisite Poetic Survivors” which Elle feels is truly fitting of these talented girls.

“Writing unlocks my infinite potential to make positive changes in my life and the lives of others,” says Brooks, “and why it is important for me to hold the space for others.”

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Elle has lived on both coasts and now lives in America’s Heartland with her best friend and husband of 16 years.  Together, they enjoy their new empty nest since their son and daughter have both moved out leaving behind the pitter-patter of their rescued dog, Cooper and their feisty kitten, Espresso.