As of August 2016, I am a part-time creative writing MA lecturer at Napier University.
I am a mentor for a Scottish Book Trust New Writer in 2017.
February 18th: Inspiration Point Literary Salon, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, 7 pm. More details here.
March 6th: Nasty Women Launch, Glasgow, Waterstones Argyle Street, 7 pm. More details here.
March 8th: Women in SF Event with Shoreline of Infinity, The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh, 7.30 pm. More details here.
March 22nd: Nasty Women Launch, Edinburgh, Waterstones West End, 6.30 pm. More details here.
March 25th-26th: Guest at Dutch Comic Con, Utretcht, The Netherlands. More details here.
March 28th: A London event. Details TBA.
April 18th: Event for False Hearts paperback with Elizabeth May, Waterstones West End, 6.30 pm. Details to follow.
July: Guest at a convention. Details TBA.
Check back for updates!
School Visits & Speaking:
If you would like to book me for an event, please do not hesitate to either request a booking via Scottish Book Trust if within Scotland or contact me directly via the form here for rates and availability. I can do writing workshops for students age 11+, in either small or large groups. I can also do visits remotely via Skype.
I often do a short reading from my book and then discuss a little bit about me and my background and my writing journey. I place emphasis on my love of reading fostering my love of writing, as well as the process of researching, outlining, drafting, and editing a novel. I have various writing exercises planned, from short warm ups to longer activities. Some of the workshop syllabi I have planned are:
- From Idea to Bookshelf: the step-by-step process of creating a book, from that initial spark of inspiration to seeing it in bookstores
- Creating a Character: how to have a character that comes alive off the page
- Plot & Worldbuilding: how to create your story and create the vivid world where it is set
- Editing and Submitting Your Work: how to transform the initial first draft into a polished piece of work, and then where to send it.
I encourage questions throughout the session and sometimes listen students read their own work aloud or provide feedback on their stories.
I am happy to adjust my talk and workshop to better complement existing readings lists or the curriculum (such as Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence). I can additionally provide study notes/questions for my books for teachers if required.
“Laura did a Skype author visit to our Florida library, and despite being thousands of miles away, engaged our teen group with her reading and sharing of her experiences. She even listened to their work and gave valuable feedback! One of our best author visits to date.”
– Alexandra Phillips, SJCPL Librarian
“Laura spoke to my AP Literature classes at Hayward High in the fall and did an amazing job engaging a roomful of students and answering their questions. I had many students eagerly anticipating Pantomime’s release after her reading. Months later, several students informed me that they were not disappointed! We look forward to Ms. Lam returning next fall and connecting with even more students at Hayward High School. ”
– Ms. Campbell, Hayward High School
“Laura spoke to a group of our Form 1 pupils and did a great job of engaging all the pupils and answering their questions. The visit was very popular and we’ll be sure to have Laura back to speak at the school again soon.”
– Tara Hepburn, Dollar Academy Librarian
“A fantastically well-written novel dealing with a sensitive subject in a uniquely creative way. Both my daughter and I can’t wait for the next book. We just need to know…”
– A Dollar Academy parent
“Laura was a guest speaker for our postgraduate creative writing programme, talking about the experience of writing her wonderful first novel, Pantomime. She was engaging, passionate and thoughtful – just like her prose. Highly recommended!”
– David Bishop, lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University
Past visits (last updated November 2016):
Universities: MA Creative Writing, Napier University (02/13); Distinguished Writers Series, CSUEB (01/14); English Senior Seminar, CSUEB (01/14); English 1001, CSUEB (05/14); English 1001, CSUEB (10/14); MA Creative Writing, Napier University (02/15); Introduction to Science Fiction & Fantasy, University of Wisconsin-Waukesha (02/15), MA Creative Writing, Napier University (03/16)
Secondary Schools: Hayward High School (09/12); Dollar Academy (2 sessions) (06/13); Keith Grammar (06/13); Gordonstoun School (06/13); Hayward High School (01/14); St. Machar Academy (10/14); Keith Grammar (2 sessions) (02/15); Robert Gordon’s College (10/15); St Margaret’s School for Girls (2 sessions) (11/15), Doon Academy (02/16), Kemnay Academy (2 sessions) (03/16), Milne’s High School (2 sessions) (03/16), Kemnay Academy, (06/16), Advanced Highers Conference, Edinburgh Secondary Schools (09/16), Kemnay Academy (11/16), The Bridge, Inverness (12/16), Inverness High (12/16)
#WriteAberdeen events: Tillydrone Youth Centre (09/14); Northfield Library (09/14); Kincorth Academy (09/14); Harlaw Academy (09/14); Cummings Park Community Flat (01/15); Central Library workshop for Journalism students at SchmuFM (02/15); 4 linked workshops at the Central Library (09-10/15)
Libraries & Community Centres: SJCPC Library (04/13 via Skype); World Book Night, Rosemount Community Centre, Aberdeen (04/15), Gilmerton Library (11/16)
Conventions & Festivals: Inverness Book Festival (07/13); Writing LGBTQ+ Characters in SFF, Nine Worlds (08/14), Aberdeen International Youth Festival workshop at the Lemon Tree (07/15), Storycon, Glasgow (06/16), LGBT YA event, Festival Theatre (11/16)