Laurie Dennison

I’m a YA writer who grew up in Florida, but I spent more time reading than soaking up the sun. A former middle school teacher, my teaching career evolved into work as a freelance editor and website coordinator, helping churches, schools, and individuals develop a solid web presence.

My love for reading grew into a passion for writing, and I joined the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 2012. I led the SCBWI Jacksonville Critique Group for three years, and I currently coordinate the SCBWI Tallahassee Critique Group. My YA contemporary PISTOL CANDY won the 2017 SCBWI Rising Kite Award for YA fiction in Florida.

In the fall of 2018, I co-founded Books for the Panhandle, a book drive that collected and distributed over 12,000 books to children affected by Hurricane Michael in Gulf and Jackson Counties.


Editing and Web Consulting

After several years of freelance editing and a position in desktop publishing, I joined two amazing colleagues and co-founded The Editor Garden, a full-service editing, writing, and coaching agency. Our vision is to cultivate craft through community, and our collaborative network of writers, editors, and small businesses continues to grow.

I offer critique, editing, consulting, and web design services as a founding editor through The Editor Garden.

Pitch Wars

Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each to mentor. Mentors read the entire manuscript and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for the agent showcase.The mentor also helps edit their mentee’s pitch for the contest and their query letter for submitting to agents.

I was fortunate to be a Pitch Wars mentee in the early years of the program. I was a YA mentor in 2017, a YA co-mentor with Samantha Joyce in 2018, and I’m thrilled to be mentoring YA again in 2019! Click here for my Pitch Wars mentor page. / Click here for my 2019 YA Wishlist!