Regular contributor to Open to Hope Foundation at March, 2012 to present

Regular contributor to, 2011 to present

Editor of the Connecticut Writing Project Newsletter, 1987 to 1996.

Freelance writer for area publications: Northeast, Hartford Courant, Journal Inquirer, Connecticut Parent, Hartford Woman, Imprint publications, 1988 to 2003.


English adjunct at Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT, 2009 to present and 1992 to 1995.

English teacher at Enrico Fermi High School, Enfield, CT, 1995 to 2009 and 1971 to 1985.

Saturday College instructor at Bay Path College 2008 to 2009.

MFA in Creative and Professional Writing, Western Connecticut State University, December, 2010. Thesis: Staying Alive: A Love Story awarded Distinction.                                                   

 Advanced Connecticut Writing Project Institute in Writing Fellow with Kathleen McCormack, University of Connecticut, (Storrs), 2003.

 Connecticut Writing Project Summer Institute Fellow at the University of Connecticut, 1983.

 Masters of Arts in English from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1980.

 Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT, 1971.





2012 Readers Views Literary Award, naming Staying Alive: A Love Story by Laura B. Hayden  one of three top (independently published) memoirs of the year

Staying Alive: A Love Story  by Laura B. Hayden nominated for 2012 CSPA Book of the Year in the Christian Living category

 Distinction awarded to MFA in Creative and Professional Writing thesis, 2010

 Honorable mention for nonfiction for “Nesting,” from Connecticut Review, 2010.

 First prize in Mark Twain Days Essay Contest on American Politics & Government sponsored by Northeast and the Hartford Courant, 1996.

 Honorable Mention, Connecticut Excellence in Teaching, 1996