THE SHORT and THE LONG STORY

Life Dance Studios designs and produces stationery, greeting cards, art prints, seasonal home decor, children's apparel, and outdoor living accessories for the adventurous and adventurous at heart. 

All Life Dance Studios artwork is created exclusively by Lori Nawyn.


The "obnoxious" kid who dreamed of growing up
and becoming a writer and illustrator

The short story . . .
As a child, I was known by a label: obnoxious. I didn't quite get the hang of customary social graces -- like when to sit still, when to pay attention and listen to my teachers, or that it wasn't polite to throw spit wads. Because of various situations, my life was a jumble of turmoil and fear. In fifth grade, an essay assignment gave me a first glimpse of how to channel my emotions into something positive. Art quickly became a lifeline as well, helping me express that which I could not speak or even write about. I've been writing and drawing ever since. Now I design art for products and develop products for art! 

The long story . . .
I'm an author, illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer. My award-winning fiction, non-fiction, and art reflect my desire to help others recognize their own unique talents and abilities and overcome challenges as I explore subjects such as self-worth and self-esteem, conquering fear, bullying, and finding gratitude, hope and joy. My greatest satisfaction comes from learning and sharing life lessons from those whose stories I help to tell. 

The inspiration for my art and books comes from many sources: the places I visit, and the people I meet and the stories of their lives. Also, in particular, from the life of my inventor/innovator/adventurer grandfather H. L. Wiese, and my grandmothers Esther, Maggie, and Minnie. My studio is in the foothills of Utah's Cache valley where I love to hike and urban mush with my three dogs, Taunie, Zaph (Z Dog), and Oakleigh.

I owe a great debt of gratitude to the many people in my life who have shown me how to let go of guilt, blame, fear, and self-doubt so I can live more fully and with joy. In all my work, I strive to share what I've learned to help others find hope and believe in themselves.
And a bit more . . .

I'm the author of seven books ranging from nonfiction titles to cookbooks. I'm also the illustrator of three children's picture books: What Are You Thinking? (a finalist in the 2009 National Best Books Awards); Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen by the incredible Christy Monson; and From Head to Tummy: The Simple Truth About Food, Media Messages, Self-Worth and Real Beauty by author Haley Hatch Freeman. 





A few interviews, blogs, and more:
·         Brooke Walker | KSL Studio 5

When I was ten years old, my fifth-grade essay assignment taught me importance of writing as a means of self-expression. After high school, I worked for nearly a decade as a journalist for three regional newspapers, and as a freelance writer for various print publications including SagacityThe Salt Lake TribuneCity LightsVantageCountry WomanCountry Extra, and Lighthouse.  My most recent articles, essays, and short stories appear in regional and national online and print publications including SegullahThe SCBWI BulletinFamiliusOutside Bozeman, KSL.com, FamilyShare, KTAR, and the Deseret News. 

I'm married to a fireman and together we have four grown children and six grandchildren. I love growing rosemary, basil and lavender and working with my dogs. 

If you have any questions, please email me at lorinawyn@gmail.com


BK Cosmetics
  • Carrie Charley Brown, ReFoReMo 2015, 2016, 2017
  • C.S. Bezas Creative Works
  • Community Dental
  • Covenant Communications
  • Delone Bradford Glover
  • Familius Pubishing
  • Fandangle Magazine
  • Greycliffe Publishing
  • Historic Brigham City Depot
  • Idle Isle Candy
  • Janie Van Komen
  • Karlene Browning
  • Leader Publishing
  • Lyn Austin
  • O. Halverson & Company Publishing
  • Parker Lane Publishing
  • Rabbit Hollow Press
  • RoseHaven Publishing
  • Sagacity Magazine
  • Senator Peter Knudson
  • Sisters of the Sole Publishing
  • SJS Publishing
  • Sparkle Brite Books
  • Stories for Children Magazine
  • The Homemaking Cottage
  • The National Golden Spike Association
  • ThoughtsAlive Publishing
  • Utah Sheriff's Association
  • Utah State University
  • Vantage Magazine