Laurie Lawlor:  Speaking and Author Visits


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A Visit to your Community

    Laurie Lawlor visits dozens of schools/communities each year. If you wish to invite Laurie to your community - contact Laurie


During a visit to Crow Island as part of an author visit sponsored by the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation, Laurie Lawlor talked to fourth graders about turning information they gathered on their ancestors into a narrative.


In May 2004 Laurie visited the Rancho Camulos Museum - a site that is part of the story she tells in Old Crump.  Click here to read about this visit and Rancho Camulos.

Since 1986, Laurie Lawlor has made numerous speeches before local, state-wide, and national reading organizations throughout the county. She enjoys giving classroom and library presentations and has conducted writing workshops all levels from the primary grades through adults. Lawlor has a Masters of Arts in Teaching and is certified with endorsements for upper elementary and middle school language arts and social science. She has taught writing workshops and undergraduates and graduate fiction writing majors at the National-Louis University and Columbia College, Chicago where she won the 2000-2001 Excellence in Teaching Award. She has also trained as a journalist at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.


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Lawlor/McElmeel
Springfield, IL
Authors Book Fair April 2004

High School Students React to YA Novels with Laurie Lawlor

Laurie Lawlor teaches a "Writing the Young Adult Novel" class at Columbia College where she was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award. This group of avid readers -- members of the Hirsch High School Book Club (Chicago, IL) -- came to Columbia College for a writing workshop, book discussion and student reading. The high school students pictured are among 19 who participated in a college tour and lunch, and a writing exercise in addition to a discussion of Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff . The event culminated with the high school group hearing and responding to Young Adult novels in progress by students in Lawlor's College writing class. It was a great day! Photo Credit: Sarah Spector, librarian and Book Club sponsor at Hirsch High School.

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