Andrea Ellickson earned her B.A. in English Literature and Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. In 2009, her essay titled “Becoming a Burner” won the Fahrenheit 451 SBCC Student Symposium, sponsored by The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, she writes and interns for the Office of Letters and Light, a literary nonprofit that supports over 300,000 writers worldwide for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the Young Writers Program. Through this nonprofit, she fosters a community of writers by hosting events and blogging inspirational interviews, writing tips, and community news. As a freelance writer, she has spent the past three years writing a variety of travel, lifestyle, and non-profit articles. Ever searching for lush experiences to include in her writing, she has spent months backpacking though Europe and Latin America. She now lives in Berkeley while working on her novels and short stories. Visit Ellickson’s website here.