Resume – Writing (2000-Current)

Writing Conferences/Festivals

Chicago Writers’ Association Presents: Dominic Pacyga and Stuart Dybek,
Chicago, IL, 2018

South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings, SD, 2016, 2018

Chicago Writers Conference, Chicago, IL, 2015, 2018

AWP Annual Conference and Book Fair, Chicago, IL, 2012

Northwestern Summer Writing Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2011

Calvin College Faith and Writing Festival, Grand Rapids, MI, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016

Suncoast Writers Conference, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL, 2001

Writing Workshops9

Writing Toward Balance in Challenging Times, Carol Henderson (ZOOM), 2020

Write by the Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat, Personal Essay and the Themed Anthology: Evaluate and Polish Personal Essays for Inclusion in a New Book, Amy Lou Jenkins, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017

Fred Shafer Novel Writing Workshop, Chicago, IL, September 2014 to May 2016

Wild Acres Retreat Center, Little Switzerland, NC, The Poiwerful Narrative, Bill and Carol Henderson, 2013

Enid Powell Writing Workshop, Chicago, IL, November 2001 to September 2002

Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Iowa City, IA

Memoir Manuscript, Vetted two-week workshop, Sandra Scofield, 2019
Memoir: On Self and Society, Marc Nieson, 2018
Start to Finish: One Essay in One Week, Nancy Barry, 2016
Exploratory Essay Forms, Amy Butcher, 2014
What’s Love Got to Do with It? A Field Guide to Sentences, Juliet Patterson, 2012
Finding Your Own Voice: Writing Like Yourself, Bart Yates, 2009
This Too is Life: Memoirs on Illness and Health, Cecile Goding, 2009
Showing and Telling, Sands Hall, 2005
Scene Development, Sandra Scofield, 2005
Writing Humor, Kate Aspengren, 2004
From Private Journal to Public Life, Nancy Barry, 2004
Essays from Life, David Bouchier, 2003
Writing Wild, Gordon Mennega, 2003
The Nonfiction Novel: When Fact Marries Fancy, Marilyn Abildskov, 2002
Reading as a Writer, Tom Barbash, 2002
Deep Structure: The Real Stories, Sandra Scofield, 2001
Family Memoir, Hope Edelman, 2001

Newberry Library, Chicago, IL

The Mind at Work: Writing the Personal Essay, Carol LaChapelle, 2007
How Do I Stop this Thing: Five Secrets to Story Endings, Julie Benesh, 2006
Writing as a Reader: Learning from the Best, Julie Benesh, 2004
From Rough to Buff: Techniques of Polishing Creative Prose, Julie Benesh, 2004
We are the Stories We Tell, Carol LaChapelle, 2001
Writing the Essay, Cheryl Chaffin, 2001
The Language of Lives: Writing Women’s Stories, Cheryl Chaffin, 2000
Finding Your Voice, Carol LaChapelle, 2000

The Center, Palos Park, IL

Writing Poetry, Ruth McGinnis, September 2001 to March 2002

Publications / Nonfiction

Roelofs, L. (2010). Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self. Sisters, Oregon: Deep River Books.

Roelofs, L. (2001, January 14). The woman in the red polka dot dress. [Health & Family/My View]. The Chicago Tribune, Section 13, p. 6.

Writing Groups

Tuesday Writers, Chicago, IL, January 2001 to June 2016

Writing Circle, Renaissance Court, Chicago, IL, November 2000 to January 2002


National Novel Writing Month, Wrote The Essence of Sophie, a 50,000 word novel, November 2010

Blogger at since 2010

Fine Arts Festival Anthology, Chicago Christian High School, Palos Heights, IL, Served as judge 2001, 2002, 2003

Institution  / Degree / Date / Specialty

University of Chicago, Four-year Certificate, 2013, Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults

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