Laura Schadler is a San Francisco-based writer with 15 years of teaching experience in diverse educational environments. She grew up in the mountains of Virginia, studied filmmaking and writing at Bard College, and earned her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. A recent MacDowell Colony Fellow, Laura’s fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, was featured on KQED’s Writer’s Block as well as Litquake, and was chosen as a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She just completed her first novel, Map of the Invisible, and is hard at work on the second. Laura blogs about popular culture for KQED, critically examining the social and cultural impact of music, movies, and television. A yoga instructor, Laura additionally created the I Speak workshop, a writing series that combines yoga and writing to explore, among other things, the mind-body connection.
Laura’s approach to coaching focuses on writing as an opportunity for young people to find their voices and tell their stories as they reflect and prepare themselves for the transformative experience of college. In addition to essay consultation, Laura has assisted students in all areas of the college application process, from initial research to finding a school that is the perfect fit. Her students have received admission to many prestigious colleges and universities, including Columbia, Stanford, MIT, Duke, Cornell, UC Berkeley, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Occidental, and Barnard.