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Elizabeth Appell

Kentfield, California, United States


Elizabeth Appell’s writing life began in business. Appell formed a small public relations firm, her main account was the Golden Gate Bride; she founded and published DIGIT, a computer magazine for kids; with a partner she founded a company that developed twenty-two hotels and turned them into senior housing. Seven years ago they sold the company and she made a decision to honor her desire to write fiction.

Her short story, "Tiger Rose," placed in the top 100 of 1999 Writer’s Digest Genre Story Competition, and Lost Language place in the top 100 of the Writer’s Digest 2000 Mainstream/Literary Short Story category. Her story, "Swimming Toward the Butterscotch Man," will be included in the Storied Crossings, Scribes Hill Publishing Company, VA.

She has completed four novels, "Dancing with the Dark," "A Question of Forgiveness," "Elements of Betrayal," and "Cougarville."

Appell has written five screenplays, one was optioned, and completed two full-length plays. In 1998 her first full-length play, Confessions of a Catholic Child placed as a finalist in the Writer’s Network Fiction Contest in Los Angeles and was given a local workshop production. The Long Beach Playhouse chose it from a field of 300 scripts for a staged reading and it was recognized by HB Studios in New York as a play to further develop. In 1998 the play placed fifth out of a field of 9,000 in Writer’s Digest Playwriting Competition. A Canadian producer recently optioned the French speaking rights to base a one-hour film for television on Confessions, and in September 2000 the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles staged a series of three readings of the play.

Her second full-length play, Moon Walkers was given a directed reading at the Sonoma Repertory Theatre Company, placed second out of a field of 300 in the Do Gooder Productions New Playwright Award Competition, New York, and was recognized as a semi-finalist in Writer’s Network 1998 competition. It was chosen by Actors’ Theatre, Santa Rosa as part of New Theatre Works Festival 99. In October 2000 it placed as a semi-finalist in the Writer’s Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition and placed in the top ten plays out of a field of 19,000 in the October 2000 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.

DIARY OF A COMMON MAN won best of show at the Dominican College’s Festival of Short Plays.

Appell's debut novel, LESSONS FROM THE GYPSY CAMP, is now available through,, and bookstores. Go to

Appell attends a weekly novel writing workshop, as well as a playwriting workshop in San Francisco.

Interests: Writing, writing, writing! A little belly dancing, tennis, dogs and horses. There's nothing better than seeing one of my plays up!

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Swimming Toward the Butterscotch Man