Over twenty years of teaching writing online and face-to-face gives me awesome techniques and exercises to help students at all skill levels. Using online screen sharing, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings, I have been able to help my students improve and succeed in meeting their writing goals. Student and task-centered feedback is a major component of my teaching style.
I am a retired English professor who knows tricks and principles to help you with your writing in ways that are easy to understand and put into practice.
Prices vary depending on length of the lessons, prep time, feedback required, and time spent reading papers as well as various levels of writing and skills, such as graduate level studies as compared to elementary or high school writing. On occasion, meeting in person may take more travel and meeting time. Be aware that the goal is student success according to the requirements of the course for which the writing is being done.
$20 per hour for basic writing, elementary to junior high school level
$25 per hour for high school to college freshman level writing
$30 per hour for upper leve college level writing (sophomore to senior)
$40 per hour for graduate level writing (master’s to PhD level)
Ph.D. University of Utah in the University Writing Program in rhetoric and composition through the Department of Communication with a competency area in history. Dissertation Topic: TREK Magazine 1942-1943: A Critical Rhetorical Analysis.
M.A. Brigham Young University in creative writing with rhetoric and composition and literary analysis classes through the English Department; minor in LDS Church History; additional graduate classes in history, art history, and juvenile literature.
B.A. Brigham Young University through the English Department; additional 25 credit hours in art and 14 credit hours of German (plus a travel study semester in Austria and three years residence in Germany).
Adjunct Faculty 2016-2017—Utah Valley University, English Department
English 1010 (Beginning Writing online)
Course Mentor 2011-2016—Western Governors University, General Education, English Composition
Adjunct Faculty 1999-2016—Brigham Young University, English Department
English 316 (Technical Writing), English 312 (Persuasive Writing), English 315 (Advanced Writing for the Social Sciences), English 314 (Advanced Writing about Literature); Writing 150, 150H (Freshman Writing); English 251 (Introduction to Literature)
Adjunct Faculty 2008-2011—Utah Valley University, English Department
English 1010 (Beginning Writing), English 2010 (Intermediate Writing)
Educational Testing Service—AP Reader 2011, Language Arts
Educational Testing Service—AP Reader 2010, Language Arts
Full-time One-year Appointment 2005-2008—Brigham Young University, English
Educational Testing Service—AP Auditor 2007, Language Arts
Educational Testing Service—AP Reader 2006, Language Arts
Professional Development Instructor 2004-2005—University of Utah, College of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, writing course for seniors
Course Development/Course Coordinator 2003-2004—University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, writing course development for business undergraduates (Writing 3500); Coordinator of Writing 3500, University Writing Program
Graduate Instructor 2000-2003—University of Utah, Writing 2010 (Intermediate Writing), Writing 3400 (Professional Writing, online class), Writing 3500 (Business Writing)
Graduate Counselor—University of Utah, mentor to graduate students teaching Writing 2010
Instructor—Brigham Young University, English 315 (Advanced Writing for the Social Sciences), English 314 (Advanced Writing about Literature); English 218R (Introduction to Creative Writing); English 200H (Honors Freshman Writing); English 115 (Freshman Writing and Reading); English 251 (Fundamentals of Literary Criticism)
Instructor—Utah Valley State College, English 2010 (Intermediate Writing)
Instructor—Brigham Young University, Department of Church History, Church History 324 (Doctrine and Covenants)
Graduate Instructor—Brigham Young University, English 115 (Writing and Reading), English 315 (Advanced Writing for the Social Sciences)
Executive Secretary—Religious Education, Brigham Young University, secretary to the Dean, secretary to the Associate Dean, graduate secretary, assisted with Encyclopedia of Mormonism and several other academic publications; chaired or was on the committee of several symposia and conferences
Managing Editor—Cheyenne Edition weekly newspaper, Colorado Springs
Editor—Pikes Peak Ensign monthly newspaper, LDS Colorado Springs Stake
Contributing Editor—Happy Times Magazine national children’s magazine, Provo, Utah
Awards and Grants
2010 Mystery Writers of America—Edgar Awards, Best Young Adult nominee, finalist, The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone
2009 The Children’s Hour—Best of 2009 Ages 12+, The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone
2009 Historical Novel Association—Editor’s Choice Fall 2009, The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone
2009 Junior Library Guild—Book of the Month for July 2009, The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone
Conferences and Seminars
2018—Life, the Universe, and Everything—6 panels, including “Telepathy, Dragons, and Exploration: the Impact of Anne McAffrey on SF/F,” “Playing It by Ear: The Genius of Irving Berlin,” “Distinct Dialogue,” “Love, Sex, and Romance,” “Andre Norton: Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” “Self-Editing and the Draft Process.”
2017—Las Vegas Book Festival—1 panel, “Writing Mysteries.”
2016—Writing for Charity—3 panels, including “Self-Publishing Well,” “Writing for Middle Grade,” and “Collaboration.”
2016—Life, The Universe, and Everything—12 panels, including “How to Pitch Your Novel,” “Communication Barriers,” “Real Science for the Science Fiction Writer,” “Anne McCaffrey: Creative Genius,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Romance, Magic, and Historical Fiction,” “Using Archetypes in Stories,” “Ancient Myth and Modern Fantasy,” “The Limits of Magic,” “Greek Mythology in the Modern Day,” “Why do Villains Get All the Best Lines?’ and “”Shannon Hale: Her Works.”
2015—Rock Canyon Authors and Illustrators—chaired the conference for nationally published authors in Utah.
2015—Life, The Universe, and Eveything—3 panels, including “Common Grammatical Errors,” “Gail Carson Levine, Patricia Wrede, and Shannon Hale—Fractured Fairy Tales,” and “Constructive Criticism—Getting the Most Out of Your Writer’s Group.”
2015—Writing for Charity
2014—Writing for Charity
2014—ComiCon SLC Panel presenter
2013 LDStorymakers—Publication Primer Writing Workshop Leader
2013 Writing for Charity—Authors Panel, “Accessing the Subconscious,” Writing Workshop
2013 Write Here in Ephraim—“Accessing the Subconscious”
2013 Life, The Universe, and Everything—5 panels, including “Accessing the Subconscious,” and “The Wizard of Oz Revisited.”
2012 Sirens Women in Fantasy Conference—Panel: “Gender Masks in Literature”
2012 CONduit Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference—5 panels or presentations
2012 Writing for Charity—presentations and workshop
2011 Sirens Women in Fantasy Conference—Panel: “Destructive Romantic Myths in Fantasy”
2011 League of Utah Writers Conference—Writing Workshop Leader
2011 CONduit Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference—Panels: “Romance vs. Sex: How Hot is Too Hot?” “Adding Flavor to Vanilla Characters,” “The New Face of Self Promotion,” “Streamlining Your Fiction,” “To Cliché or Not to Cliché,” “First Aid in the Middle Ages,” “What a Kid Wants in a Story,” “How to Write Great Villains”
2011 LDStorymakers Conference—Writing Workshop Leader
2011 American Fork Arts Council Writing Conference—Keynote Address: “Creativity on Demand”; Sessions and Panels: “Signing with an Agent,” “Character and Narrative Voice,” “Writing the Young Adult Novel,” “Having Fun with Plot,” “Taking Feedback”
2011 Life, the Universe, and Everything—Panels: “Killer Openings,” “Marketing and Publicity,” “How to Research,” “Borrowing from Historical and Current Events”
2010 Life, the Universe, and Everything—3 panels on writing
2009 Conference for College Composition and Communication—“The Motivational DVD: What’s in It and How It Works”
2005 National Communication Association Conference—“The Business Writing Course as a Foundation for Teaching Business Ethics”
2005 Western States Conference on Literacy and Rhetoric, paper—“Rhetoric as an Interdisciplinary Language”
2005 International Society for the History of Rhetoric, paper—“Rhetorical Strategies in the Struggle for Power in TREK, A World War II Japanese American Magazine”
2005 3rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, paper—“Jim Yamada’s Short Stories as Sites of Resistance”
2004 Western States Conference on Literacy and Rhetoric, paper, panel—“Repositioning Business Writing in the University Discourse”
2004 Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Conference, paper—“The Three Strings of the Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Bow: Criticism, Analysis, Writing”
2003 Association for Asian American Studies, paper—“Appropriating the Oppressor’s Tools: Topaz TREK Magazine”
2003 American Journalism History Association Regional Conference, paper—“The Topaz Internment Center TREK Magazine: A Journey Toward Power”
2003 College Conference on Composition and Communication, paper—“Rhetorics of Internment”
2002 American Society for the History of Rhetoric, paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference—“The Shift in Audience, Tone, and Purpose in Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws”
2002 Freedom of Expression Council, paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference—“Branzburg v. Hayes: The Case for a New Case”
2002 College Conference on Composition and Communication, chair of a session
2001 Western States Composition Conference, paper presented as part of a panel, “Redressing the Fragmentation of Language Arts”
1996 Sidney B. Sperry Symposium on the Doctrine and Covenants—“Applying Foundational Pluralism: Discernment in Literature and Life”
Hansen, Kristine and Laura Card (eds.). Write for Your Life (DVD). Center for Teaching and Learning, Brigham Young University, (concealed information) 2008.
Card, Laura D. “Mine Okubo’s Illustrations for TREK Magazine: Sites of Resistance,” Miné Okubo. Greg Robinson, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.
Peterson, Paul H., Gary L. Hatch and Laura D. Card (eds.). Jesus Christ: Son of God, Savior. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2002.
Card, Laura D. “Charles O. Card,” Encyclopedia of Church History. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2001.
Card, Laura D. (poetry).“Homesteading,” “Writing Lesson, 1874, Great Basin—No Paper,” “The Garden of Sarah DeArmon Pea Rich,” The Religious Educator, Spring 2000, Brigham Young University.
Commercial/Freelance Writer (Dene Low is a pseudonym for Laura Card)
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Grandparenting the Blended Family. Familius, 2013.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Write Like Your Brain Works, Laurel Wreath, Kindle, 2013.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Love Will Pull Us Through, Kindle, 2018.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). The Only Thing That’s True, Kindle, 2017.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). I Never Knew I Needed You, Kindle, 2017.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). When Our Love Was New, Kindle, 2017.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Midnight Blues, Kindle, 2017.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Charming Lady Etta, Kindle, 2017.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Several More, Kindle, 2016
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Cookies to Die For. Covenant Publications, 2014.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). The Wildest Waste, Kindle, 2013.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Crimson Blues, Kindle, 2013.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Not the Worst that Could Happen, Kindle, 2012.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). Maddie, Maddie, Flying High, Kindle, 2012.
Low, Dene (aka Laura Card). The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
Card, Laura D. “A Feel-Good Field Day,” Friend, June 2015
Card, Laura D. “Greg’s Christmas,” Friend, December 1985.
Card, Laura D. “The Cleansing,” Friend, January 1985.
Card, Laura D. “The Princess with Gold Hair,” Cricket, June 1984.
Card, Laura D. “Grandpa’s Trunk,” Friend, May 1984.
Card, Laura D. “The Comforter,” Friend, March 1981.
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