ProfilesMaine.com features in-depth profiles of fascinating people in Maine. One of my current projects is a series of profiles about boatbuilders past and present, and their cultural milieu, on the west side of Mount Desert Island. I also write in-depth pieces on distinctive artists and musicians, regular folks who have triumphed over substance abuse, and any other topic that strikes my fancy.
Over the past 30 years, I’ve written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines, on a wide variety of topics, including ongoing and breaking news at the municipal, regional, state, and federal levels, art and lifestyle, architecture, fisheries, boatbuilding, health, medicine, environment, science, government, education, invention, travel, community life, art and lifestyle, architecture, fisheries, boatbuilding, health, medicine, environment, science, government, education, invention, travel, community life, personal essays, and personality profiles.
As a regular contributor to The Working Waterfront and Fishermen’s Voice, I cover all topics related to coastal and island living, and to the fisheries, respectively. My writing on fine arts, music, architecture, and community can be found in Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, Maine Edge, Still Point Arts Quarterly, MOFGA, New Maine Times, and Total Landscape Care.
I also produce public relations and marketing copy for businesses and nonprofits.
I’m a teaching artist at Summer Festival of the Arts, a summer arts and writing camp for grades 3-8. I also served as the writing teacher for the Next Generation Environmental Leaders Program, a summer marine biology camp for high school students.
I’m available as a homeschooling instructor or group/individual tutor. My philosophy champions creativity as a vehicle for learning writing and comprehension, not the other way around. In a homeschooling situation, I use text/workbooks as the starting point for outside-of-the-box, student-driven assignments. Reading comprehension is driven by student-driven discussions of their own and each other’s work, as well as the work of other authors. For people who just want to write, I serve as a backboard to bounce around ideas and observations; when desired, I provide input on the rules of the written word.
I am always interested in speaking to groups. Please review my Writing Services
“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your article on The Rich brothers of Richtown. I am friends with Virgina Everbeck and her daughter Winnie and usually rent one of her cottages in the summer. I had heard some of the stories over the years but never put it all together as you have done so eloquently. Thank-you again for such a well written piece and I look forward to the others you have listed on the site.”
“Yours was one of the best articles on architecture that I have read…what really distinguished it was that you wrote so clearly about the ideas that generate the designs. That is such a difficult accomplishment – taking an abstraction, translating it into tangible examples, and making it accessible to readers. You have done that very well, indeed. You also, in a very few words, really caught Nan: the tolerant smile, the affection and mid amusement that she holds for us all.”
“The Season of Names’ is a very beautiful piece of writing and expresses so well and so elegantly my own feelings. Everyone felt it actually spoke to her, which is also a feeling that I had. So they, as well as I, say a very heartfelt thank-you.”
“Congrats for the terrific above-the-fold cover story in the latest Fishermen’s Voice! Clear, balanced, and factual–it gave me hope that folks are waking up to the real threat associated with our changing climate, etc. I gave it three whoops and two fist pumps and made the dog rather nervous! (She forgives you.) When does it go online? I’d love to share it with some folks. Great job and thanks!”
“I’m on the Sea Princess doing tours this summer. I read all your articles about the various boatbuilders, Steve Spurling, Chummy Rich, etc., and use the info on my tours. We have a Sea Princess tour called Working Harbors, and you have saved my butt with all your research this summer. I constantly use your material, and copied/pasted your articles to the naturalists.”
“Just a quick note to thank you for your articles. So many of the old boatbuilders I had some relationship with. Built a 42-foot wooden hull from Chummy, took over from Raymond on the Jericho. Haunted Ralph Stanley’s shop. Built Arthur Spurling skiffs. A wealth of information here. Very much enjoyed.”
“You have been such an important part of telling the community’s story over the years. Thank-you. We could always count on your thoughtful journalism and clear prose that brought the heart of the matter to the surface of your stories.”
“Laurie is an articulate and captivating storyteller and it was a pleasure collaborating with her on several articles about award-winning landscape architect Bruce John Riddell. Her description of his gardens and his approach to designing and melding the built and natural landscape, captured the essence of what he does best. She is a delight to work with and I look forward to working with her again in the future.” – photographer William Brehm
“Laurie Schreiber, one of my favorite chroniclers of the coast.” – Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors contributing editor Peter Bass
O Richtown brothers, where art ye? A search for a boatbuilding clan, with digressions “I really enjoyed this walk through the misty past. Your clever first person narrative brought is alive, allowing me as a reader to enjoy some of the fun of your sleuthing. Great job – thanks!”