Laura Fulton is a freelance writer, mother, traveller and former high school English teacher. A native of the Mississippi delta region of southern Arkansas, Laura has taught in Dallas, Texas, Abu Dhabi (the capital of the UAE) and the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
Laura spent four years writing freelance articles for magazines throughout the United Arab Emirates including Time Out, Aquarius, Emirates Woman, Freehold Weekly and Liberty, among others. As a staff writer for Abu Dhabi Week magazine, Laura spent two years writing feature articles, interviews, reviews and the popular parenting column “Motherload”.
Laura left Abu Dhabi Week when she relocated to Melbourne, Australia at the end of 2011. For five years, she served as copy editor and project editor for a number of titles. She was also the ghost writer of several books, including Legs 11 (updated edition, 2017) with Rhonda Burchmore, My Idol Years (2016) with Mark Holden, You Can Too (2016) with Annie Crawford, and Be Your Own Builder (2015) with Keith Schleiger, among others.
In 2017, Laura returned to creative writing, undertaking a PhD in Media and Communication at RMIT Melbourne. While completing her degree, she published a number of creative and critical works (see Publications). She also presented aspects of her hybrid creative/critical dissertation at several academic conferences including: the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference in Bali, Indonesia (October 2017); the Speculating on Biography Symposium at Central Queensland University (October 2018); the DCS InterText Symposium at RMIT Melbourne (May 2018, December 2019); and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference at Griffith University, Queensland (November 2020). She completed her PhD in November 2020 — despite the challenges of Covid restrictions and quarantine — graduating in May 2021. Her dissertation investigated the use of creative writing experimentation as a means of exploring aspects of the identity. It is available in the RMIT Research Repository.
Laura now devotes her time to creative writing and part time teaching. Her recently completed novel Those Tiny Quiet Places is an imagined family history, a patchwork story that considers issues of separation, trauma and loss, how we cope with those issues, the ways we look forward and the ways we look back. She is currently working on the sequel, Shirley’s Boys.