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Laura Moriarty, 1993 B.S.W.

Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty graduated from the B.S.W. program in 1993. She is currently working as a professor of creative writing at the University of Kansas and continues to write fiction novels. Moriarty’s fourth novel, The Chaperone, was released last year and awarded The New York Times bestseller and the USA Today #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer. It was recently announced that Fox Searchlight acquired the worldwide rights to The Chaperone with plans to turn the novel into a movie.

Moriarty started her writing career during her B.S.W. practicum. She became very interested in the patients’ stories, and one day, she decided to start writing down her interactions with patients. Instead of writing down her own thoughts, she decided to write the stories from the perspectives of the patients.

Moriarty believes that her social work career shaped her writing career. Her social work background allows her to understand her characters and see them in a different light. The values she learned in school made her aware of the complexities of family dynamics. It truly sparked her passion for writing.

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