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.
Q: Describe what happens in a typical class:
A: 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?
A: 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 lauralamptonscott.com.