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Pow Wows & Potlucks: Finding an American Indian Community in Los Angeles was released this past fall through Ethnographics Press (affiliated with USC). Copies available on this website: Go to the Purchase tab and click on the book button. Books are also for sale on

Contact me if you would like to request a copy for review purposes or if you are interested in bulk discounts for classroom use.  

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Life Stories as Heirlooms

Life Stories as Heirlooms was designed to teach techniques to help anyone who wishes to begin writing down their life experiences.  Courses can be tailored to fit different audiences.  Originally presented as a workshop at a StoryCircle conference, Life Stories developed into a course Laura has taught at Austin Parks & Recreation, Westminster Manor retirement community, Seton Cove, and other venues. Classes help participants find the "treasures" they wish to preserve, plot a strong narrative, spellbind readers with a "bag of tricks," and tie their stories together as a handmade book or printed version.

If you would like Laura to teach Life Stories as Heirlooms classes for a particular group, please contact her via email to make arrangements.  She easily adapts course material to various audiences, ranging from half-day lectures to eight-week writing workshops.



**Laura will be teaching a Life Stories as Heirlooms workshop on Saturday, January 28, from 1-3pm at the Carver Genealogy Center. Please contact Cynthia Evans at the Carver Center for registration.  **

Archived News

Laura moderated a panel at the Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference on Saturday, June 25 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Austin. Esteemed and fascinating guests are Bethany Hegedus, Daniel Oppenheimer, José Skinner, and Daniel Oppenheimer, discussing Breaking Stereotypes: Writing Characters Who Don't Share Your Background.  Come hear how they bring both fictional and non-fictional characters to life!

St. Edward's University hosted Laura for a book talk and reading of Pow Wows & Potlucks on Monday Evening, February 22, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  The event was held in the Main Building (the iconic, elegant, red-spired one) on the third floor, in the Maloney Room (#320).  Light refreshments were served.  

On Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th, at the Travis Heights Art Trail Literary Coffeehouse, Laura read and signed books at the elegant Fairview Inn B&B, 1304 Newning.  Laura discussed Buoyant at 2:15 on Saturday, and she read from Pow Wows on Sunday at 3:30. Full event details at

October 14, Laura spoke at 9:30 am at the Westminster Book Festival and signed copies of Pow Wows & Potlucks.

In September, Laura taught three of the Life Stories classes at Seton Cove - Wednesdays at noon on Sept 16, 23, and 30.  

The May 13 through July 8, 2015, Laura taught an eight-week session of Life Stories as Heirlooms at Westminster Manor.  

Laura moderated a panel at the WLT's Agents & Editors Conference on Saturday, June 27, 2015.  Including panelists John Pipkin, Leila Levinson, Sandra Lu and Jessica Papin, "Uncover Your Book:  Researching for Nonfiction and Historical Novels" covered research methods; potential libel issues; what agents look for in nonfiction and historical novels; ways to organize research (in your book and in your office) and thoughts about footnotes, endnotes and tidbits for the author website.  3:15-4:15, Texas Ballroom #7 at the Hyatt Regency, Austin.

June 28, 2014, Laura was on the 11:15 am panel "Finding Your Creative Tribe: Beta Readers, Writing Groups, and Other Literary Partners" at the annual Writer's League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference.  She also moderated an afternoon panel called "Subject Matters: Truths About Nonfiction" at 3 pm.  

May 28, 2014, from 10-11am, Laura spoke at Twin Oaks Library in Austin on the topic "The Impact of Physical Activity on Brain Health and Learning," drawn from research she did in writing Buoyant. She highlighted current studies linking exercise to increased cognition, recent findings about the role of physical activity on mental health, and practical ways to apply Olympic success in an ordinary family.  FREE and open to the public.

Pow Wows and Potlucks: Finding an American Indian Community in Los Angeles (new working title) is slated for publication by Ethnographic Press, affiliated with the University of Southern California. The book should be released by the fall.  Pow Wows frames a series of oral histories that offer a snapshot of this quiet culture in the shadow of metropolitan Los Angeles during 1990-1992, on the cusp of multiculturalism.

Laura taught a workshop at the national StoryCircle Conference in Austin the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.  Titled "Rising to the Universal," the class offered participants tips to identify the theme or historical value in their work and discusses research methods to add richness and perspective to the narrative.

Buoyant came out in print in September 2013, after a successful May 2013 ebook release.  Thanks to all our fans for the nice comments and reviews and for your enthusiastic support. Check in with us on or Twitter @BuoyantTheBook, as we run our fun summer series #GetOutGetActive.  

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