Bronwyn Hall grew up in Sydney and Griffith, NSW, and studied social work and anthropology at university. Often on the move, she has spent the past two decades working, studying and travelling around the world. In Australia, while working at the University of Sydney, she noticed how much students at all levels of academia – from apprehensive first-years to time-poor post-graduates – struggled with writing essays. She decided to open The Research Den (an online resource to teach students essay writing skills) and write her first book, The Night Before Essay Planner. In 2009, she won the University of Newcastle Leadership Award and the Golden Key Asia-Pacific Entrepreneur Award for her services to students. She lives in Adelaide and is currently completing a PhD.