Write, Rather

Writing, spirituality, and other sweet indulgences

Several Open Books


Well, you found me! Maybe you've read one of my books, heard me read at a conference, or had me for a creative writing class or consultation.

Whatever brings you here, friend, reader, or fellow writer, be welcomed.

I hope that this site satisfies your curiosity while also bringing you some pleasant surprises.


Meet Laura Valeri

Welcome to my website. I am a writer, journal editor, teacher, writing consultant, translator, and professor of creative writing. I am the author of four books, which include two short story collections, a book of essays, and a story cycle (a novel in stories). My creative writing has won honors and awards, including the prestigious John Simmons Award and the John Gardner Award for my debut collection of short stories. I am an alumnus of the Sewanee Writers' Conference fellowship in fiction. You can read my short stories, essays, and translations online and in print in journals like Conjunctions, South85 Journal, Fiction SoutheEast, Glimmer Train, Assay, PRISM, and many others. You can read my critical essays and reviews in Writing & Pedagogy, The Journal of College Composition & Communications, and Creative Writing Pedagogy. I'm also the founding editor of Wraparound South and I'm a Professor at Georgia Southern University where I teach creative writing classes to undergraduate students in the department of Writing & Linguistics. I'm available for readings, speaking engagements, and individual manuscript consultations upon request. 

After Life as a Human

My new collection of essays, about Dog-Island's history, lore, and meditations on its future, is now available for pre-order from  Rain Chain Press. Order now and get free shipping.

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L'Isola del Silenzio

My debut in Italy: this collection of linked essays about a little-known island in the Florida Gulf Coast was published by Galaad Edizioni and receiving quite a bit of attention from the critics. The English-language version was acquired by Rain Chain Press and is due to come out in 2020 under the title After Life as a Human.


Runaway Books

My books travel. Whether for business or vacation, for every overnight stay outside my hometown, I leave one of my darlings out with a special dedication for whoever will find it. Did you find one of my traveling babies? Send me a note and let me know where and how.


Get In Touch

Have you written a book and would like advice? Have you been wanting to start a novel or a screenplay but are not sure where to start? I am available for private workshops, and query letters and manuscript consultations.

For reading events and book clubs, I can arrange video conferences, as well as in-person meetings if you're within a drivable distance.

My books are available in most libraries, but if you want to purchase a signed or personalized edition of my book, or if you would like a discount for purchases of five or more of one title, please click the button, and I’ll be in touch. And thanks for being a reader.

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