Laura Thomas

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Laura Thomas

Lecturer and Program Head, Creative Writing

Office Location(s): B530 East Quad
lcthomas@umich.edu

  • About

    Laura Thomas has taught creative writing in the RC since 1999. She is also a graduate of the Creative Writing program (RC ’88). As both an instructor and a former student in the program, Thomas admires the RC’s commitment to tutorial-based instruction for creative writers. Her tutorials offer an intensive composition, critique, and revision process designed to support young writers as they develop their voice.

    In addition to teaching tutorials and traditional fiction workshops, Thomas has created student community building opportunities. Her students can join an online workshop for short fiction writers. RC Creative Writing students regularly intern for the local non-profits 826michigan and Dzanc Books.

    Thomas writes short fiction and is working on a novel. Her fiction explores the immoral choices moral people sometimes have to make to survive in a damaged economic, social, or family system.

    Recent Courses

    Creative Writing Tutorials, all levels
    Advanced Narration Fiction Workshop

    Publications

    “Back from the Crash: Crisis as Transformation, or "Why I’m Staying the Hell in Michigan”, Wake: Great Lakes Thought and Culture, September 19, 2012.
    “State of Motion”,  WomenArts Quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 2, Spring 2012.
    “Sex On Celexa” , Epiphany: A Literary Journal, Fall/Winter, 2011-2012.
    “Bones on Bois Blanc”,  Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them,  Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke, eds.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011.
    “Krupov’s Gym”, Witness, Vol. XXIV, No. 3.  September, 2011.
    “Down to the Last Kopek”.  Nimrod International Journal, Awards 31, Fall/Winter 2009.
    “The Lavinia Nude”. Cimarron Review. #169.  Fall, 2009.
    “Zhila’s Lover”, Oleander Review, Issue 2, Fall 2008.
    “Kiss”, Orchid: A Literary Review,  Number 5, Spring 2005.  Anthologized in Unsquared:Ann Arbor Writers Unleash their Edgiest Stories and Poems, Amy Sumerton and Jeff Kass, eds.  Ann Arbor, MI: 826michigan and the Neutral Zone, 2006.