Laura Wynkoop
Children's Writer
About Me

My Journey

If you were to ask me when I became a writer, I'd have to say that I started as
soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. I have always loved to write, and in elementary school, I'd create all sorts of poems and elaborates stories. When I
was in junior high, I thought I'd try my hand at writing a novel (ha!). I got about 60 pages into it and decided to hold off until I was older.

In college, I studied to become a teacher. I taught for seven years and filled my classroom shelves with thousands of books. Reading to my students was my favorite part of the day, and the more books I read, the more I wanted to write. 

When I had my son in 2004, I decided to leave my teaching position to care for him. Being home gave me the opportunity to write, and I started on the path to fulfilling my lifelong dream. In 2005, I sold my first piece of writing.  It was a short poem that was published by Wee Ones Magazine. 

Once I received that acceptance, I knew I had to keep on writing. In the fall of 2005, I joined SCBWI and two fabulous critique groups: the Poets' Garage and The Prose Shop. I have learned so much from my critique partners and made some wonderful friends in the process. 

I am now published in numerous magazines, as well as
many books. I have lots more ideas tucked in the corners of my mind, and hopefully, they'll soon find their way onto the printed page.

In addition to writing, I have gone back to teaching full-time. I also enjoy reading, photography, hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, and the loads of adventures I have with my family and our beagle, Lily (that's her on the right).

Quotes on Writing 

I love quotes!  I enjoy all kinds of quotes, but especially those about writing.  Here are some of my favorites:

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
~ Mark Twain

 

"If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster."
~ Isaac Asimov

"Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators." ~ Olin Miller

"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet."
~ Anonymous

"Never throw up on an editor." ~ Ellen Datlow

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