Laura Otto

Fix Your Copy


Vernon Hills, IL and remote



Fiction, Nonfiction, Journalism, Marketing/Advertising Copy, Editing, Website Copy and Development


I have 20 years of experience as a writer and communications specialist. I have a BA in English and a BA in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Creative Writing with a fiction concentration from Indiana University in Bloomington.

I currently am an Associate Professor of English at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, where I spearheaded the development of the Writing for New Media program and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in journalism, creative writing, blogging, multimedia production and professional writing. I also advise the award-winning, student-produced magazine, Arches.

In addition to teaching, I’ve held a variety of professional writing positions, including managing editor for a publishing company, business and feature reporter, web marketing writer, and senior public relations writer for a marketing firm specializing in the finance and healthcare industries. I’ve managed high-profile accounts and developed advertising campaigns for clients such as Chase Bank, Fidelity National Financial and Prairie Capital Advisors. Currently, I am the Art Director for Chicago Baseball, a magazine covering the Chicago Cubs. I am proficient in the Adobe creative suite, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, and have extensive experience managing and developing websites using WordPress.



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