Work in Progress
My work life encompasses many identities, and this website offers access to these in one place. I believe that each of my experiences working with language, from my first experiences as an editorial assistant at Crown Publishers, to my teaching experience, newspaper editing and writing experience, and literary work, are not disparate but combine to enrich who I am as a writer and editor.
As a freelance writer and editor, I have written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, from Guideposts to the Winston-Salem Journal, and I have edited for non-profit organizations and for-profit corporations. I also offer editing services to individuals.
Here’s what one client says: “Laura was one of the copyeditors and proofreaders of my book Indefinite Postponement. I appreciated her agreeable disposition, her promptness of reply, her nuanced appreciation of the language, and her speed in a deadline situation. I would recommend her to anyone and look forward to her collaboration on future projects.” –John P. Williams, MD
I am also a writing coach who specializes in helping high-school students generate college-application essays in person or via Skype. Here’s what I’ve heard about that: “Laura gave our daughter the tools to respond to the Common Application Essay prompts sincerely, succinctly, and with confidence.” –Parents of a high school senior.
In the last several years, I have returned to the practice of literary writing, winning recognition, publication in literary journals, and earning an MFA from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.