“I want children to see the magic inside them,” says author and long-time educator Laurie Woodward. “I want to empower them. I would like students to learn that by becoming effective communicators and helping other children to resolve conflicts peacefully they are making the world a more positive place to live. They learn that giving to others builds self-esteem and creates memories they can be proud of for a lifetime.”
As an author, her published works include The Artania Chronicles, Forest Secrets and co-writing The Dolphin Legacy. Laurie was also a collaborator on the Dean and JoJo anti-bullying DVD, Resolutions. Every book contains a lasting message of hope showing the reader that when one is true to him/herself bullies can be defeated in both real and fantasy worlds.
Name: Laurie Woodward
Lives in: Nipomo, California
Company: artania.net/ creativa.org
Occupation: Acting Teacher, Screenwriter and Author
Unique traits: Unique world builder. I mean, a planet created by people's art? Who knew? Can read in a silly southern dialect while keeping 50 ten-year-olds under control. Can do the Pony, Twist, Hustle, Cha Cha, and Electric Slide. You won't be able to sit still if you see me dance. My goofy moves will make your feet itch to jump and jive. Can listen to a short snippet of a story, see where the author is going, and how to hone it to get there. Voracious hugger.
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)