Lauran Strait



"The idea is to it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart."

~ Maya Angelou



"It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous." ~ Robert Benchley


"It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write." ~ Sinclair Lewis


"Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself." ~ Harlan Ellison



Professional Affiliations
  • President of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Writers


  • Past Board Member of The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads


  • Member of James River Writers


  • Member of Virginia Beach Writers


  • Member of the Zoetrope Writing Community


  • Member of the Edit Red Writing Community


  • Member of the Gather.com Writing Community


  • Member of the Helium Writing Community


  • Member of the Smith Magazine Writing Community


  • Member of the Six Sentences Writing Community


  • Member of the Thisisbyus.us Writing Community


  • Member of the TalentDataBase.com Writing Community


  • View Lauran Strait's profile on LinkedIn


  • Employment

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  • Freelance writer, editor, and writing coach



  • Managing editor of the column section at Moondance Magazine.



  • Edited for the Sci-fi print magazine NFG and for The Gator Springs Gazette.









  • Lauran in the news
  • The Daily Press--entertainment section


  • The Southside Woman


  • Nora Firestone's Diablogue


  • Virginia Beach Woman Magazine--September 2010


  • HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline.com--September 2010


  • Virginia Beach Woman Magazine--September 2009

  • The Mace and Crown (Newspaper of Old Dominion University)--September 9, 2009

  • MetroActive--February 11, 2009

  • Wowzio--January 29, 2009

  • RightyBlogs.com--January 29, 2009

  • Talking Points Memo--Donal's Blog--January 26, 2009

  • Molly Knight--January 26, 2009

  • The Atlantic's The Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan--January 25, 2009

  • LA Times--January 15, 2009

  • Cocktail Conversations--January 15, 2009

  • Port Folio Weekly--August 12, 2008

  • Smith Magazine--July 9, 2008

  • Virginian Pilot--July 6, 2008

  • Virginian Pilot--February 13, 2008

  • Storyglossia--Feb 19, 2006



  • Lauran's writing or interviews about HRW featured on the following RADIO PROGRAMS:
  • The Kathy Lewis Show on WHRO--May 2008

  • NPR's literary show, Word By Word--July 2003



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    LAURAN'S WORK IS FORTHCOMING:
    Nothing at this time. Maybe I should write???


    LAURAN'S PRINT AND ONLINE WORK HAS APPEARED IN:
  • March 15, 2010 in Blink Ink Quarterly (PRINT)--MICROFICTION


  • January 2009 in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure (Paperback)--MICROFICTION


  • Check out the youtube video about it that features Lauran's story:


    READ THE LA TIMES STORY ABOUT THE BOOK. LAURAN'S PIECE IS SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED--LA Times--January 15, 2009

  • The Linnet's Wings Atticus "Yule" edition--December 2008--MICROFICTION

  • The Linnet's Wings--October 2008--MICROFICTION

  • OCTOBER 2008 in Fiction Flyer--MICROFICTION--(LICKED BY MARS)

  • Pen Pricks--July 8, 2008 (issue 9)--MICROFICTION

  • Les Bonnes Fees--June 15, 2008--Juvenile fiction

  • Six Sentences--June 5th, 2008--MICROFICTION

  • Heavyglow--May 15, 2008--FLASH FICTION

  • Pequin--December 2007--FLASH FICTION-- (Warning Adult content--visit at your own risk)

  • Six Sentences--September 6, 2007--MICROFICTION

  • Tuesday Shorts--July 17, 2007--FLASH FICTION--(Warning Adult content--visit at your own risk)

  • Down in the Cellar--June 2007--FLASH FICTION

  • Tiny Lights—a flash in the pan--January 2007--FLASH FICTION

  • Bewildering Stories--September 4, 2006-- Speculative Short Story

  • Salome Magazine--May 8, 2006--CNF

  • Quiction--Apr 6, 2006

  • Quiction--Mar 20, 2006

  • The Angler--February 7, 2006

  • Quiction--Dec 4, 2005

  • Quiction--Oct 3, 2005

  • Moondance Magazine--June 21, 2005

  • Reading Divas--July 12, 2004

  • The Gator Springs Gazette--July 2004

  • The Green Tricycle--June 2, 2004

  • Somewhat.org--May, 31 2004

  • LongStoryShort--May 2004

  • The Gator Springs Gazette--May 2004

  • Edifice Wrecked--April 25, 2004

  • Insolent Rudder--April 2004

  • NFG Magazine--April 2004

  • Monkey Bicycle--March 2004

  • The Gator Springs Gazette--December 1, 2003

  • A Woman of a Certain Age--Oct 26, 2003

  • Retrozine--October 2003

  • The Gator Springs Gazette--October 2003

  • The Copperfield Review--September 2003

  • Moondance Magazine--2003

  • The Gator Springs Gazette--April 2003

  • The Whistling Shade Literary Review--April 2003

  • Atomic Petals--March 2003

  • Dog-eared--2002

  • Tidewater Women--2002 (?)

  • The Virginian Pilot's Life by the slice--2002


  • Lauran's writing appears in the following ANTHOLOGIES:
  • Better Non Sequitur's See You Next Tuesday--2006

  • Random House’s Knitlit the Third—We Spin More Yarns--September 14, 2004

  • The Gator Springs Gazette's Chrismas Quilt--December 2003



  • CONTESTS
  • Top 5 finish (out of thousands of entries) in Smith Mag's Life in Bites contest--July 2008 (6 word story about food)

  • Participant and winner in 2006 NaNoWriMo winner awardNaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)--November 30, 2006

  • 1st place in NFG's 4th Great-69er contest--2004

  • Honorable Mention for fiction at CNU Writer's conference--March 27, 2004


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  • Lauran has completed four novels










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