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Hello, I'm Laurie...

Creative spark. Unique ideas. Rich imagination. Born to write... I'm a writer, speaker, dog-lover, and endless fan of all things Seussical.

I grew up on daydreams... the heart of childhood legends, slaying dragons, rescuing kingdoms, racing through fields on wild horseback with a motley bunch of crayons painting my wildest adventures. Writing became my voice, allowing me to share my stories to anyone who listened...


 

I’ve now been successfully writing for fourteen years, with two competition wins, five shortlists, and numerous published articles and anthologies.

I am part dreamer, part educator, part advocate.

 

 

Cool things about Me:

 

  • Chocolate chip cookies are a dietary must.

  • My best friend in the world is my husky, Blizzard.

  • Snoopy is my hero.

  • When I was 12, I saved my little sister's life.

  • I like climbing trees, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring new things.

  • Did I mention cookies?

 

I look forward to learning about you, your dreams, and your project.
 

 

And I turn words into       ,

“Good writing consists of trying to use ordinary words to achieve extraordinary results.”
- James Michener

© Photos by Pharos 2014

Laurie Crookell

Award Winning Writer

 

2014 Surrey International

Writers' Conference, 

Writing Contest, Writing For Young People Award,

1st Place for "The Final Goal".

Bernice Lever, prize-winning poet, presented the award on Oct. 24th, 2014.

Laurie Crookell - Writing Credits and Awards:

 

  • 1st Place2014 Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest, in the ‘Writing For Young People’ category for my story, “The Final Goal”.

  • Shortlist - 2014 Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest's ‘Storytellers’ category for my piece, “Borders in the Sand”.

  • 1st Place2010 Human Potential Nonfiction Writing Contest for Learning, Upside Down” 

  • 2nd Human Potential Essay – “Different Shades of Perfect

  • Two stories, “Aaron’s Salmon” and Frieda’s Frogs” have been short-listed as finalists in the Writers’ Union of Canada Writing for Children Competition.

  • “Saving the Seahorses” and “Jennifer’s Got Pizzazz” were short-listed as finalists in the 2013 Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing Contest's ‘Writing For Young People’ category.

  • Co-author, THE MISSING PIECE: A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY, International Best Seller in 6 categories, #1 Best Seller in 2 of those categories. Compiled by Kate Gardner. Chapter 6, “Losing Superwoman: The Power of Self”

  • Co-author, THE MISSING PIECE IN BUSINESS, International Best Seller in 2 categories. Compiled by Kate Gardner. Chapter 8, “The Economics of Happy”

  • Co-author, THE MISSING PIECE: A LIFE TRANSFORMED, International Best Seller. Compiled by Kate Gardner. Chapter 7, “One More Baby Please”.

  • Co-author, INCH BY INCH: GROWING IN LIFE, International Best Seller in 4 categories. Compiled by Aime Hutton, Chapter 24, “Finding Gratitude Through Trauma”.

  • Co-author, MANIFESTING IN HIGH HEELS, International Best Seller in 5 categories. #1 Best Seller in 2 of those categories. Compiled by Christine Marmoy, Chapter 28, “A Mother’s Quest: Choosing to Believe Beyond Impossible”.


Contributor - “Goose on the Loose” – Amber Marshall Life & Style Magazine – Dec. 2014

Contributer to The Londoner, on behalf of Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre

 

 

Probably the most intelligently imaginative of all the stories I read.” - The Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for "Borders in the Sand"

Excellent execution of using POV to create the tone of the story and support the plot. Wonderful example of deep POV to engage the reader and take them into the character’s world.” - The Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for "Drifting"

Your story plucks the heart strings, just as all good writing should. Loved the story, even though Bodkin didn't/couldn't survive. Bravo, my talented friend!

- Julie H. Ferguson, www.beaconlit.com/