My name is Laura J. Clanton.
I graduated with a MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University in February of 2021, a MA in Communications from the School of Journalism at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. I was born and raised in Bryan/College Station, TX and love that I come from a place with a such a deeply rooted history and personality.
A little history on me:
I was raised here in the B/CS area, with my parents, who were actively involved in the worlds of health and engineering, and my three older sisters. I played sports throughout my childhood, including swimming, softball, track, basketball, golf and volleyball, however, it was volleyball where I found my passion. I began playing at age nine until my senior year in high school, in both school sports as well as competitive club volleyball. I began coaching volleyball during my junior year of high school and realized my love for educating others and sharing the knowledge I have learned. Watching someone begin at one stage, then learn and develop their skills sets so to advance from that stage to the next is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have.
Another love of mine for as long as I can remember has always been writing poetry and short stories. During my high school and college years I was lucky enough to publish two of my poems. So, after earning my undergraduate degree, and coaching for 5 years, I decided it was time to combine my love of passing on knowledge and writing: I applied for J-School.
While in graduate school I learned how to take my love of storytelling and apply it across various platforms. I learned how to tailor a story so to maximize the benefits of each individual medium, whether print, web, radio, or via social media.
I am highly adaptable and learn well on the job. I possess strong skills in research and critical thinking.
My specializations are in the area’s of women’s and gender studies as well as sports journalism, however I am interested in stories about people’s experiences, which may be on many varied topics. I am interested in examining topics ranging from social justice, health, politics, entertainment, sports, the environment, and public safety.