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Name
Laura Laing
State
MD

Subject Specialties:

Long-form narrative journalism; essays; creative nonfiction; features

Skills and Media:

Websites; books; articles

Periodical Credits:

AAA Traveler; The Advocate; American Baby; And Baby; Baltimore Gay Life; Baltimore Jewish Times; Baltimore Style Magazine; Bay Windows; Between the Lines; Chiropractic Economics; City Paper (Baltimore); Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro; Flagship; Inside Business; Kennedy Kreiger's Potential; Parade; Parents; PET AGE; Pregnancy; Real Estate Weekly; Spirit (Southwest Airlines); Tidewater Parent; U.S. Airways; The Virginian-Pilot; Wells Fargo's Advisor News; Worship Facilities

Book Credits:

Math For Grownups (Adams Media; 2011); Math for Writers (Limitless Press; 2014); Your Daily Math (Barnes & Noble, 2016)

Online Credits:

MSN.com's Mom's Homeroom; Wells Fargo Conversations; HamptonRoads.com; Kaboose.com; Pilotonline.com

Other Credits:

Developing curriculum and supplemental instructional materials for elementary, middle and high school students and teachers.

Memberships:

AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs)

Awards/Honors:

2008 A.D. Emmart Award for excellence in Maryland journalism; Merit Scholarship for the Creative Nonfiction MFA program at Goucher College

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