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Teacher Spotlight: Laura Lampton Scott

Laura Lampton Scott’s work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House, The Guardian online, Electric Literature, Monkeybicycle, Okey-Panky, and No Tokens Journal. She has served as assistant and managing editor on books in the McSweeney’s Voice of Witness series, and she’s a MacDowell Colony fellow. Laura has taught fiction at the University of Montana, Literary Arts, and Hugo House in Seattle. She’s currently seeking publication for her first novel.

Laura will be teaching Putting the Strange in Your Story in March, and When the Personal Turns Fictional in April. Here is what Laura has to say about her classes!

Q: Describe what happens in a typical class:
Classes approach one topic or idea from a few different angles: craft and process, discussing peer work-in-progress, and close reading of published work. 

Q: What do you like most about teaching this class?
A: All of the classes I’m teaching this spring will magnify and dissect a particular aspect of fiction: the uncanny, the autobiographical, and points of view. I love the chance to look closely at the machinations of fiction that I find engrossing.

Q: Who do you recommend this class to?
A: Anyone interested in these topics as they pertain to writing. All levels will find useful information and all genres can take some inspiration from these ways of storytelling. 

Q: What do you hope students will get out of it?
Something that keeps them writing and gives them the thrill of discovery while doing it. 

Q: Describe your writing process/practice:
A: Morning walks are important. I write as many days of the week as I can, sometimes be two and sometimes six. I write best with a door closed to the world. To clear my head, I clean or dig in the garden and then come back. It’s important to me to always have a few projects in the works.

You can find more of Laura’s work by visiting

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