Saturday, July 18, 2009

Writer's Spotlight: Laurel Anne Hill

The Creative Arts Department is pleased to announce that award-winning, local author Laurel Anne Hill will be hosting multiple writing workshops this year, among them: Breathing Life Into Your Writing and
Creating New Worlds: Writing Fantasy

LAUREL ANNE HILL grew up in San Francisco, with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and her life.

Komenar Publishing released Heroes Arise, Laurel’s debut parable, in October 2007. ForeWord Magazine selected Heroes Arise for a Book of the Year Award for 2007 (bronze, science fiction category). Heroes Arise was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist and has received cover endorsements from Jean M. Auel, Kim Stanley Robinson and Robert J. Sawyer. Laurel has served as a presenter at numerous events, including the World Science Fiction Convention, the World Fantasy Convention, Readercon, BayCon and the East of Eden Writers Conference.

Laurel's fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in the Contra Costa Times, Nth Zine, Lynx Eye, the San Jose Mercury News, Space and Time, and a variety of small-circulation magazines. KQED-FM broadcast her perspective in 2004 about the plight of homeless families.

In 2005, Laurel was awarded first prize in the Ninth Annual Captivating Beginnings Short Story Contest. She received an honorable mention in the 2004 Soul-Making Literary Competition, an extended community arts outreach program of the National League of American Pen Women, Nob Hill, San Francisco Bay Area Branch. One of her personal essays won honorable mention in the Foster City 2003 International Writer’s Contest.

Laurel is a member of California Writers Club (San Francisco/Peninsula Branch), the Women’s National Book Association, Broad Universe and Women Writing the West.

To learn more about Laurel or her materpieces, visit her website at

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