My Story

experience matters

I have two degrees in literature, with focuses on women writers, bibliography, and composition. I also hold a professional certificate in copyediting.

My career as a writer and editor has included positions as a communications director at a major university, a project manager with a large marketing firm, and a freelancer working on book-length fiction and nonfiction, academic papers, personal statements, web content, and numerous indie projects. I’ve also written two young adult novels, which were represented by MacGregor Literary and published by Birch House Press.

The best part of my job is that I get to learn new things every day from authors who trust me with their work. And, as an author, I understand how critically important it is to maintain authorial voice, pacing, and persona. You are the only person who writes exactly like you, and my goal is to protect what makes your voice unique in the writing projects you share with me.

I am a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Testimonials

Laura is an absolute treat to work with. Not only does she catch all of my grammatical and punctuation errors, but she also gives honest, insightful constructive criticism, which helps my writing become stronger, tighter, truer, and more of what it was always intended to be.

Laura L. Smith

author of the Status Updates and False Reflections series

Having a team of editors to whom I can entrust my writing has been essential in getting my work to stand out. Among a handful of keen-eyed editors to whom I turn, Laura is at the top. Not only is she a pro, she’s also a delight to work with.

Ryan Pemberton

author of Called: My Journey to C. S. Lewis's House and Back Again

Laura Kurk has a keen understanding of story elements, particularly plot structure and characterization. She delivers great advice with kindness and humor, and you can trust her to raise your work to a high level of excellence.

Kathrese McKee

author of the Mardan's Mark series