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Christina Elvidge

Senior Instructor Language Skills

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English, University of Scranton
National Writing Project Fellow
Member of Pennsylvania School Counselor’s Association
ABD, Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Christina Elvidge is a Senior English Instructor. She has extensive knowledge in English and writing.

Prior to joining the Penn Foster team, Christina was an English instructor for Keystone College and Wilkes University. She was also the Director of Honors and Fellowships for Marywood University’s English department.

What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to students in your field?
The best advice I could give to any student in a writing course is UNPLUG! Computers, phones, televisions, video games and other blinking black boxes distract you from your purpose. Dorothy Parker wrote, “writing is the act of applying the ass to the seat.” Nothing helps you do that more than plain paper and a #2 pencil. Of course it’s primitive by today’s standards, but it works!

What is one of your favorite quotes/words to live by?

  • “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion,” Francis Bacon
  • “If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad,” George Gordon, Lord Byron
  • “Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked,” Jane Austen
  • “A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal,” Oscar Wilde
  • “Don’t look at me in that tone of voice,” Dorothy Parker
  • “I hate writing, I love having written,” Dorothy Parker

What are some of your interests?
I love to read, and I spend a lot of time working on my writing because there’s always something to learn. I love sports too, especially baseball; meeting the Phillie Phanatic when I was a child made me a Phillies fan for life. I enjoy getting together with friends to talk sports and watch games. I also quote Monty Python and make references to The Wizard of Oz whenever possible.

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