In addition to being an award-winning author, I am also available to:
assess your work
give you guidance and motivation over a three or six month mentorship
judge your short story competition
appear at your festival
run a writing workshop for your organisation
teach, mark or tutor your tertiary writing program
interview your author
write up your publishing company's book club notes.
If I can assist with any of the above or with anything else, get in touch here.
MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK
"Laurie's understanding of writing craft, alongside his drive toward the emotional truth of any writing (fiction or nonfiction) is what makes his mentorship so valuable. He has provided clear and concise feedback to help strengthen my work, as well as insightful business advice. Laurie provides reliable, honest, and sensitive guidance through the difficult business of being an emerging writer."
- Samantha Van Zweden
"I go to Laurie to get feedback on short story drafts because he consistently gives great advice. As a talented writer and editor himself, Laurie is able to spot the weak points in a piece of writing and provide clear and useful recommendations for improvement. His warmth and friendliness means you always go away from a meeting feeling better about your writing than you did before."
- Brooke Dunnell
"Laurie Steed's feedback has given me great insight into the craft of writing and understanding of what it is I am trying to write. His suggestions often lead me to further reading and always enable me to look at my own work with greater discernment. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Laurie to anyone seeking advice and feedback for their manuscript."
- Josephine Clarke
WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES
"Laurie’s Masterclass was of great value in teasing out the intricacies of interlinking narratives, subtext and the third option. His facilitation skills elicited thought-provoking discussion and encouraged a reassuring environment in which to tackle new approaches. I’d recommend it for any writer wanting to develop their craft."
- Kerrin O'Sullivan
"Laurie's Short Story Masterclass was everything I was hoping it would be and more. It broadened my thinking about what I could be doing with my short stories and provided insights into writing that I will also be able to apply to my novel. Laurie's friendly and encouraging teaching style promoted an atmosphere of collaboration and trust among the group. With the stimulating writing exercises and great examples that Laurie provided, I was able to experiment with new techniques in the class and came away with at least three new ideas for new short stories. I'd highly recommend Laurie's Masterclass to writers at any stage of their development, and would certainly attend any other classes that Laurie offers in the future."
- Michelle Wright
Laurie has the exact combination of qualities and skills that make him an ideal teacher, mentor and workshop facilitator. Aside from a deep knowledge of the short story form, Laurie is generous with his feedback and provides practical assistance from his own experience. During the masterclass he gave us tools and techniques he had tried himself - always with an eye for bringing out the best in our stories and giving us confidence to be better writers.
- Miriam Zolin