A Writer and Mentor for your Creative Writing
Laurence Carr is an award winning author, editor and teacher of Creative and Dramatic Writing. His works have been published and produced throughout the world. He mentors writers in fiction, memoir, poetry and dramatic writing (plays and screenplays) regionally and online.
Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
B.F.A. from Ohio University, concentration in Theatre Performance under Dr. Robert Hobbs.
M.A. from New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study: Playwriting and Dramaturgy.
After thirty-five years in New York City working in Theatre, Television and Film as a writer, director and actor, Larry
now lives in New York's Hudson Valley writing, directing and has taught Creative and Dramatic Writing at SUNY New Paltz for 24 years.
I'm here to help you with your dramatic scripts (plays and screenplays), fiction, memoirs and poetry. I can help you finish your pieces, move you out of writer's block, and make your writing ready for submission to publications and production companies. My rates are the most reasonable that you'll find anywhere. Contact me.
And please visit my online magazine, Lightwood: arts and culture in the 21st century at:
Keep Breathing, a short play published in 5-Minute Plays, Applause Books, NYC
an imprint of Hal Leonard LLC, MN. The play was produced in Scotland at the Forfar Dramatic Society as part of their "A Menu of Moments" production in November, 2022.
Billy's monologue from the play The Wakeville Stories
published in Best Male Stage Monologues 2016,
published by Smith and Krause, Portsmouth, NH.
The Wakeville Stories, a play in 4 scenes by Laurence Carr was produced at the Davis Square Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, June 19 and 26, 2015 and at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Somerville, Massachusetts, June 20 and 27, 2015. Kristin Dwyer, director.
Carr’s vignettes are closely interwoven . . . His gift for vivid characterization and for creating a concrete sense of time and place enchants. The cast is uniformly excellent.
Director Kristin Dwyer’s choice to stage The Wakeville Stories in the Somerville Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery (for selected performances) may look unconventional, but . . . the graveyard makes an apt setting for Carr’s moving dramatization of issues dealing with war, death, and the responsibilities of the living.
Ian Thal, Fuse Theatre Review, artsfuse.org, Boston, MA 6/27/15
Upcoming and Recent Events:
I'm pleased to announce the publication of Traverse, an art/literary book by myself (Laurence Carr) and artist Power Boothe. This unique collaboration brings together in one volume, 64 original sketchbook drawings and paintings by Power Boothe with 64 texts I created, inspired by the artists's work.
Please visit my new magazine, Lightwood: life and the arts in the 21st century. This e-zine will feature the works of international writers in all genres and artists in all forms. Think about contacting me to pitch ideas for submissions. It's at:
The magazine will be published quarterly with an archive of previous works. We've had an amazing number of visitors from over 65 countries. Please join us!
More News! I will be continuing my Creative Writing Workshops, live and online, as well as working one-on-one with writers. Please contact me to help you start to finish your wonderful and important writing project.
Upcoming Readings,Workshops, and Publications:
Traverse: Carr/Boothe, an art/literary exchange of word and image. Published by LIghtwoodpress. A limited edition of 44 copies.
Paradise Loft, poems by Laurence Carr, Published by CAPS Press and Lightwood Press.
Paradise Loft is a collection that explores time. The poems are arranged into eleven sections beginning with a prologue: “God’s Diary/Day 5”, a timeless timeframe. It is followed by “Wording/Morning”, thoughts on morning writing; “Journeyman I”, a sequence of time-travels; “Feline Dreams” on the afterlives of cats, ending with the mid-20th century romance, “The Ballad of Henrietta Pussycat and Her Lover Thief Coyote.” Next, “Even She” are studies, much like an artist might keep in a sketchbook. The prose poems in “time past” bring up collected memories that have lingered long enough to record. “Journeyman II” continues the time-travels, and “Wording/
Evening” shows the end of day grasping at end of day thoughts. The book closes with “in time” with Spanish translations by Leticia Ortega Cortes; seven dreamscapes conjure themselves between two and seven A.M. and bring on a new beginning.
Limerickle: a fantasy play for young audiences based on the writings of Edward Lear, who wrote "The Owl and the Pussycat" and other poems, limericks and stories. The play was created by Carr and Bruce Cornwell. Published by Big Dog Publishing, Rapid City, SD.
Reflecting Pool: Poets and the Creative Process, edited by Laurence Carr, published by Codhill Press. Awarded FINALIST in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. 25 Poets share ideas about nurturing poets in their classrooms and writing workshops. Including exercises and poems by the writers, this is a fine book to read and to teach the writing of poetry.
Kennedy at Colonus: The Journey of Robert F. Kennedy, a play in 2 acts has been published as an ebook (eplay) by Lightwood Press. It's available for download for $5.99 from all the major vendors (Amazon, B&N etc.)
Takes the reader through the turbulent 60s through the life of one of America's most important political figures.
Threnodies: poems in remembrance
published by Codhill Press (65 pp.); available in bookstores and through Amazon. $16.00
Even if Threnodies was half its length, we would be holding a beautiful testament in our hands. That Carr has freely given us such a resonant abundance of humility, fragility, wit, and insight testifies not only to our common goodness and ground, but his deep understanding of it. - Mike Jurkovic, smitten by harpies, shiny banjo catfish, President, Calling All Poets, New Paltz, NY.