The Durango Wordsmith
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The Durango Wordsmith The Durango Wordsmith at Engineer Mountain WRITING COACH | EDITOR | GHOSTWRITER

Unleash the Words

It’s time to unleash the words, tell your story, and share your expertise with the world.

As Durango’s professional book editor and writing coach, I’ll give you the tools to look good on paper . . . every time.

With collaborative editing and coaching services, you’ll find exactly what you need to communicate clearly with your reader.

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Novels | Memoir | Nonfiction | Series

Picture Books | Chapter Books

Novels | Nonfiction | Graphic Novels

Creative and Professional Writing

Meet The Durango Wordsmith

Writer | Collaborator | River Rat | Editor | Teacher | Snowboarder | Reader | Coach | Hiker | Baker | Barista | Wordsmith

Fiction, Nonfiction, & Memoir

Whether you are trying to organize your thoughts for your new book, looking for an outside perspective or new ideas, or hoping to strengthen your storyline and voice, I can help.

As a writing coach, developmental editor, line editor, and ghostwriter, I can help you find the words to tell your story and share your expertise with the world.

Writing Coach and Professional Book Editor
Children's and Young Adult Book Writing Coach

Young Adult (YA) Books

Let’s face it: writing for teens and young adults presents an array of challenges. Not only does the content need to be engaging, but it also needs to be written at a level that is appropriate for the audience.

As a former teacher, I can help you find the words to reach your readers—no matter their age.

Children's Books

There is no better way to touch a child’s heart and shape their future than through a memorable book.

As a former teacher and full-time children’s book editor and writing coach, I can help you sculpt your message in a way that speaks to the youngest readers.

Children's Book Editor and Writing Coach

Real Testimonials.

“This past January, I reached out to Laura to edit and revise a grant application. She was able to take my initial draft and transform it into clear and concise language while also elevating my initial ideas by providing more details and examples. Best of all was her turnaround time! Grant applications have tight deadlines, and I appreciate her quick service.”

Courtney Rangel Grant Application

Real Testimonials.

“Laura transformed what I had envisioned would be a time consuming and exhausting process into a painless and even pleasant experience. After speaking on the phone for an hour she returned my resume to me in record time and it looks GOOD. I am so appreciative of her timeliness and expertise.”

Steffen M. Resume Client

Real Testimonials.

“Laura of Durango Wordsmith provided a careful, thoughtful sensitivity read for my novelette. Working with her was a joy. She gave me much to think about regarding the portrayal of Native American characters and had good suggestions yet was never prescriptive. She is professional and thorough, and her input enhanced my story."

Kathy Brown Author

Real Testimonials.

"Our company, Equus Private Wealth, has enjoyed working with Laura to improve our communication with clients and prospects. Her detailed adjustments to our letters and marketing content have raised the bar on the quality of material we create and distribute. She is responsive, creative and a pleasure to work with."

Ron Speaker Equus Private Wealth

A Few of the Books I've Worked On . . .

From memoirs to mysteries, journals to children's picture books . . . I just love helping authors find the words to share their stories with the world.

A Few Companies Who Have Worked With Me . . .

The Writing Coach,
Editing, and Ghostwriting Process

When it comes to writing, coaching, or editing, collaboration is the key to success!


Personal Touch

Every successful partnership begins with a strong working relationship. Before beginning any coaching, editing, or ghostwriting project, I spend time getting to know you.


Your Voice

Your voice needs to be heard. It is my goal to strengthen your voice and clarify your message, so you can share your story with the world. I spend time listening and getting to know you to make this happen.


Your Audience

Your audience is the other half of the writing conversation. Together, we'll analyze your audience/readers to determine the best way to reach them with your words.


Editing, Writing, & Coaching

We will work together to create a message that shows your expertise and speaks directly to your readers.

Writing Tips, Tricks, and Resources

Check out my blog for editing and writing tips and tricks . . . and anything else that pops into my mind.

Memberships and Affiliations