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 currently writes from Wurundjeri country in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
After fifteen years teaching high school English in Dallas, Texas and Abu Dhabi, 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. Taking on a position as 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 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 full time, undertaking a PhD in Media and Communication at RMIT Melbourne. She completed her project in November 2020 despite the challenges of Covid restrictions and quarantine, graduating in May 2021. Her hybrid creative/critical dissertation, presented in the format of a blended creative field journal, investigates the use of creative writing experimentation as a means of exploring aspects of the identity. It is available in the RMIT Research Repository.
Laura is a member of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), Writers Victoria, Arts Front, the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Fairy Tale Society.
Laura now devotes her time to creative writing, university guest lecturing and part time high school teaching. A novelist, memoirist and essayist, her interests include travel, watching stand-up comedy and live theatre, reading, writing and walking her little dog. Her work often considers themes of hope, strength, resilience, beauty within the mundane and the triumph of tiny heroes.
Her recently completed novel Those Tiny Quiet Places is an imagined family history that takes place in and around the fictional town of Caughey, Arkansas. This patchwork Southern grit lit novel considers themes of separation, trauma and loss, how we cope with those issues, the ways we look forward and the ways we look back. Laura is currently seeking representation while she continues writing short and long form fiction and nonfiction, including the next in the Caughey series, Shirley’s Boys.