LAUREL LEIGH is an award-winning writer and editor and freelances internationally. Her skills are highly sought by publishers, producers and individual authors. She has acted as project manager for numerous titles published by Chronicle Books, including Flavors of Aloha with renowned brand Tommy Bahama; Family Spirit with William Grant & Sons (Glenfiddich); and The Seven Stars Cookbook with Caesar’s Entertainment, which received a Gourmand World Cookbook Award. She serves on the editorial team for the Insider and Program magazines published by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2013 she received the prestigious Mayor’s Arts Award.
Both her memoir and fiction have appeared in the acclaimed magazine The Sun, published by literary legend Sy Safransky. Her essay “We Should Do Something” is from a book-length manuscript about the Anthony G. Shaw child murder case for which she will be seeking a publisher (Anthony, the accused, is her nephew). Her story “Shoeless” earned notable mention in the prize anthology Best of the West.
Several of her stories have appeared in Clover: A Literary Rag, published by the Independent Writers’ Studio, including “Darrell, In Milwauke,” a companion story to “Shoeless.” Her essay “Nursey,” in the Winter 2015 edition, received a Pushcart Prize nomination. In partnership with Madeleine Corson Design, she is the author of Little Novelist: Nurturing Your Daughter’s Writing Life, represented by InkWell Management and available for acquisition.
She is a co-founder of the San Francisco–based Dogpatch Writers Collective and its blog as well as an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Tin House Workshops and she was on the founding team of the Chuckanut Writers Conference, for which she has also served as faculty.
Laurel Leigh holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with Fiction emphasis from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from Gonzaga University. She lives in Western Washington, where she has taught writing workshops for several years and is the emcee for Village Books’ Open Mic Night in historic Fairhaven. She authors the blog Dear Writers, where her motto is: It’s a Good Day to Write.