Laura Williamson is a Canadian freelance writer and editor currently based in New Zealand.
Over the past 20 years, her articles, stories and poems have appeared in publications around the world, including KiaOra: The Inflight Magazine of Air New Zealand, North & South, Groove Guide, The Dominion Post, The Press, Otago Daily Times, The Southland Times, The Melbourne Age, Wet Ink Magazine, Mountain Biking Australia and New Zealand Ski and Snow.
Laura is the editor Spoke, a national New Zealand mountain bike magazine, and was for three years the deputy editor of On Magazine, a quarterly pocket publication profiling music, people, culture, sport and travel in the Wanaka region.
She is the co-writer, along with composer Angela Mote, of the Blue Moments song and spoken word cycle.
Laura’s first book, The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two Wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand, is out now as part of the BWB Text series from Bridget Williams Books.
She has also written three textbooks, The Newsroom, In Your Opinion and Magazine Inc., for the educational publisher Essential Resources. Each focusses on different aspects of writing for print and electronic media, and all are designed for use in English and Media Studies classes at the high school level.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from McGill University, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Toronto. She is an ISIA fully-certified Alpine Ski Instructor and Coach.
She lives in the far south with her young son and a collection of vinyl records dating from the nineteen eighties that she can’t bring herself to throw out.
Read samples of Laura’s writing here.