Paula LaRocque is a communications consultant who has conducted writing workshops for hundreds of media, government, academic, and business groups in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She was assistant managing editor, writing coach, and frequent columnist at The Dallas Morning News from 1981 through 2001. She also has been consultant for the Associated Press, the Drehscheibe Institute in Bonn, and the European Stars & Stripes in Germany.
From 1971 to 1981, she taught technical writing at Western Michigan University’s School of Engineering, and creative or journalistic writing at Texas A&M, Southern Methodist, and Texas Christian universities.
She is a columnist for Quill magazine, and her commentaries are aired regularly on National Public Radio in Dallas. She is author of The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well, and Championship Writing: 50 Ways to Improve Your Writing (Marion Street Press, Inc.). Her third non-fiction work, On Words, is a collection of her radio and print columns (published June 2007). She has just finished her first novel, a mystery.
Paula was elected to the Associated Press Managing Editors Executive Board in 1998, and in 2001, she was honored with that organization’s Meritorious Service Award for exemplary contribution to journalism.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree from the same school.