A journalist, writer, storyteller, Laurie uses her creative talents to gather people around story in her various workshops where participants learn to tell family history and craft personal essays by mastering the art and craft of powerful storytelling.

Laurie launched her business, Tales of the Times, in 2008 to promote storytelling through civic groups. She quickly learned that people are thirsty for connection. So, she began facilitating that connection through creative writing, teaching people to reveal their authentic selves through story. She began hosting writing workshops in which she teaches the tools for crafting stories of all kinds - creative non-fiction as well as fiction and other genres. The tools participants gain help them craft story introduction, character development, story conflict, and to create resolution and moral through dialogue and sensory details. She wants to encourage her writers to convey the feeling and emotion of the experience, to enfold the reader in that specific life moment.

Through her work and increasing notoriety, Laurie has been commissioned to write several family histories, has contributed to Now It Springs Up, a daily devotional collaboration with Carol Duerksen and Michele Hershberger, and has published a book about her own experience with the loss of a foster daughter and subsequent grief, Forever Family.

Laurie lives in Newton, Kansas, with her husband Al and is a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic parish. She is the founder of  StoryTellers of the Great Plains, a regional writer's network and serves as the facilitator of the Greater Wichita Area Chesterton Society. She serves as a conference speaker and retreat leader in faith-based settings. Laurie is a graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College, where she received a B.A. in Communications, with an English minor. She has earned creative writing credits at the University of Iowa and has attended seminary.

She was recently featured in an article in NewtonNow - a Newton community newspaper. To read the article and learn more about Laurie, CLICK HERE.