A San Francisco-based writer and teacher, Laura grew up in the mountains of Virginia, studied filmmaking at Bard College, and earned her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. With nearly fifteen years of teaching experience, Laura has shared her love of writing in a diverse range of educational environments as a writing coach, consultant, private tutor, and workshop leader.
Her approach focuses on the personal statement as an opportunity for young people to find their voices and tell their stories as they reflect and prepare themselves for the transformative experience of college. Her students have received admission to many prestigious colleges and universities, including Columbia, Duke, UC Berkeley, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Occidental, and Barnard.
A recent MacDowell Colony Fellow, Laura’s fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, and her story collection was chosen as a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She just completed her first novel, Map of the Invisible. When not writing fiction, Laura blogs about popular culture for KQED, and teaches yoga.