Welcome! I’m Lauren… 

A writer and writing teacher

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Pandemic Response!

Since social distancing became a thing, I’ve been busy. My mission is to help people connect with their words and to celebrate the creative act and that connection is now needed more than ever: so, join me in my daily live-streamed writing sessions in my Facebook group (for free!) or come to an online reading to support new spring releases through the Pandemic Response Reading Series. Join in, get inspired, and live your creative life!  

 

“We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have.”

– Joyce Carol Oates

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Books

“Beautiful and emotional” (Publishers Weekly). “Somberly melodic” (Booklist). “Stunning” (the Canadian Book Review Annual). Discover my books.

Coaching & Consulting

Do you long to write or strengthen your writing skills? I can help you improve your craft, negotiate your resistances, work more regularly, and build faith in your writer self. 

“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”

– Sylvia Plath

My Blog

The Laurence Prize and Lineage

As a young woman living in Peterborough, Ontario, I never would have thought that one day I’d move to Margaret Laurence’s home province of Manitoba. If a fortune teller had also muttered in my ear that I’d win a prize named after her for my second novel, I might have...

Poetry and PPE

I've been writing a lot lately - that's what happens when you commit to pick up the pen pretty much every day, for at least twenty minutes. Some fiction (one of the prompts that I gave in one of my live-streaming sessions through my Write Ramble Facebook group was to...

Introducing… the Pandemic Response Reading Series

This slow morning, the cat gets us up with his insistent meowing to be fed. J. and I take care of the animals, then recline on the couch for coffee. We watch the snow slanting out of a purple-grey sky and talk about narrow-boating in Yorkshire canals (reminiscing over...

TESTIMONIALS

Praise from clients

 

Tara Borin

Poet

Lauren is a wonderful coach! She was always supportive, insightful and ready with just the right readings and resources. These days, the fact that I’ve committed to keeping my writing time [when faced with childcare challenges], rather than just throwing up my hands and losing steam (as has happened in the past) says a lot about how far I’ve come in the two months I’ve been with her! I really *feel* like a writer who is actively engaged in her practice! I am so excited about what is to come, and I’m so grateful for all she’s done to help me along the way!

Angie Gallop

Freelance writer/editor

I’m writing regularly on my own stuff now. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for 20+ years, but I’ve always had reasons why I couldn’t keep it up: the year-end is due; I have freelance writing deadlines; I have a 10+ item list of admin tasks; I’m a Mom; I’m busy! Lauren, very patiently, supportively, and non-judgmentally, gave me resources that spoke to my situation, put up a mirror to my “crazies”, and encouraged me to kick them down one by one. It was quite a journey, and I’m eternally grateful!

E. B. Page

Writer 

Lauren was incredibly insightful and helped me build confidence in my creative process. She provided me with the tools, knowledge and resources I need to restructure my novel. Lauren also helped me create a clear plan I can follow to accomplish my goals without feeling so overwhelmed.

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