I’m Laura Stroud. I’m a freelance content creator, creative writing teacher, and author.

I’m also the Chief Storyteller at storiesfromabackpack.com, a place to help and encourage you to document your life through stories. And I’m the founder and creative writing teacher at derbyshirewritingschool.com.

The path to becoming a full-time writer can often seem so secretive and unattainable, but I’m here to break down the barriers. I’m here to share my process and document my journey with you.

I believe creative writing is for everyone. Read my blog posts, listen to my podcast, and join my monthly newsletter for writing advice and prompts.   

Isn’t it time you told your story?


You’ll find my books are available at most online retailers in paperback, hardback, and e-book formats. I’m writing more and more books each year and I’ll update these pages as I do.

You could write a book too, you know. What are you waiting for?

Everyday Storytellers: A Step by step guide to writing about your travels, adventures and life.

I’ve created the Everyday Storytellers series, for you – the person who’s always wanted to start writing, and documenting their life, yet they don’t know how to begin.

How to Plan Your DIY Wedding: Your Step-by-Step guide to building a personalised and meaningful wedding.

I’ve created this book after working in the events industry for years. It’s the book for you if you want a wedding that’s meaningful and personalised. A wedding that really represents you as a couple, a wedding that will tell the stories of your lives and a wedding that people will still be talking about for years to come…


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Laura Stroud is a freelance content creator, creative writing teacher, and author.

Laura has an MA in Creative Writing and works with freelance clients to create digital content and copy for brands and businesses. Working across a wide variety of sectors, changing voice, style and tone depending on audience needs.

As the founder of Derbyshire Writing School, Laura is passionate about helping others write their own stories, and regularly teaches engaging memoir courses. Laura has worked with private clients to offer editorial and developmental support, crafting shorter personal family stories. This work demands quick rapport building and strong empathy skills.

Laura is also a lecturer and teaches at the University of Derby.

Laura is personable, hardworking, and experienced in working with short deadlines, fast-paced edits, and high expectations.

Laura is also the Chief Storyteller at – storiesfromabackpack.com, where she writes for an audience who wants to live worth writing about. Laura created the Everyday Storytellers book series to help others document their life and save precious memories.

Laura has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Derby and is writing her first series of fiction novels.

You’ll find a sample of her most recent work below. This includes ghostwriting, magazine features and blog writing. For examples of social content and copywriting for clients, please get in touch info@laurastroudauthor.com

Work With Me

I’ve got some questions for you:

  • Have you always wanted to write a book, but you don’t know where to start?
  • Should you be creating engaging content for your customers, but you just don’t seem to have the time?
  • Are you looking for an experienced workshop teacher, but you want something a bit different and unique?

I can help. Let’s get your story told.

How can we work together?

  1. I can help you feel inspired. I create and deliver bespoke workshops and teach courses for writing groups, schools, and businesses.  
  2. I can help you create. I provide a ghostwriting service. Writing non-fiction pieces for e-books, blogs, newsletters, and for personal memoir.
  3. I can help you to connect, sell, and promote your business. I offer freelance writing services, such as blog writing, social media content, website copy, newsletter creation, and audio content transcription.  
  4. I can help you write your book and tell your story. I run 1-1 coaching sessions to help you create a plan, find time to write and finish your book.

You can see some of my work in my portfolio, or you can buy my books. If you’d like some more specific examples of my work, please let me know. I’ll be happy to send over links and testimonials.

Fancy working together? I’d love to hear from you. I like to talk about all things books and writing, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch: info@laurastroudauthor.com