Laurie Rozakis
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"Laurie is my go-to person when I need a great quote and memorable interview. She's well
versed on an amazing assortment of topics and always makes me chuckle. Reporters and
students alike benefit from working with her."
Kathy Coley, Director of Communications, FSC

As a nationally recognized expert, I often give lectures and seminars all over the country on writing, taking standardized tests, learning effective study skills, speaking in public with confidence, writing as a career, and enjoying literature. I’d like to help you, too!

My recent seminars include:


Super Study Skills
Be a Super Test Taker
Get Test Smart
North Middle School, Martinsburg, West Virginia

As a nationally-recognized expert on assessment and public speaking, I was sought out and invited by the district to help keep this struggling middle school from being taken over by the state. I presented a one-day workshop to the students on test-taking to prepare them for their latest round of state assessments.


Test Taking Strategies for the Utterly Confused
Miami-Dade Medical College       

Since I am well-known for my books and seminars on study skills, I was sought out and invited by the College to give an intensive two-day seminar on study skills, addressing more than 300 students and faculty each day.

Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare
Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival                                                      

As the guest of honor, I organized and ran an exciting one-hour “Complete Idiot’s Guide to The Tempest with the festival’s talented actors.


Vocabulary for Dummies
Appearance on ABC TV’s Live! With Regis and Kelly                                               

I served as the “Vocabulary Judge” in the Word of the Day final contest, chosen for my expertise as a professor and author of numerous vocabulary books.


The Portable Jewish Mother
Weinstein Jewish Community Center, Richmond, VA                           
St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, St. Louis, MO

In each case, I spoke on my book The Portable Jewish Mother.        


SAT Literature
Workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library on Writing College Application Essays that Work! 

I helped high school students craft successful personal essays for their college applications.


How to Write Poetry

Hempstead/Uniondale Rotary Club 
Amityville High School, poetry workshop                                                      
Deer Park Public Library, "Unlock Your Creativity," Poetry workshop 
    

In each case, I ran a Poetry Workshop/Writing Seminar.


Idiot's Guide to Public Speaking
“How to Speak in Public with Confidence” Girl Scouts of Nassau County 

I gave a four part seminar, 2 hours each session, to the staff of the Girl Scout Service Center in Uniondale, NY.


Idiot's Guide to American Literature
“Emily Dickinson and Modern American Poetry.”                                            

I lectured at the North Babylon Public Library in celebration of
Women’s History Month. 

“That Damned Mob of Scribbling Women”
I gave this survey of women in literature at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library.


Everyday Writing
North Babylon Public Library                                                                                   

I have an extensive seminar series on Journal Writing.


Everyday Professional Writing
The American Association of University Women, Suffolk Branch

I addressed over 75 women on the topic of writing and publishing.


Idiot's Guide to Writing Well
Floral Park High School

I gave a series of writing presentations through the “Senior Connection” program.


Idiot's Guide to Creative Writing
Creative Writing Seminars at Borders Books, Westbury.

I ran these seminars for years, gathering a loyal, talented following of writers.

Creative Writing Seminar at the North Babylon Public Library                       

I gave a four-session creative writing seminar for adults.


You can also arrange for me to visit your school through one of my publishers, Scholastic.com.

Here’s what the people at Scholastic, the world’s largest publishers of children’s books, said about me:

“This dynamic teacher loves visiting schools and running workshops in writing, poetry, test-taking, and editing. Energetic, upbeat, and entertaining, Dr. Rozakis empowers even reluctant students to express themselves in writing.”


 


 
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