Welcome! I’m Lauren… 

A writer and writing teacher

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“Lauren Carter is exacting and perceptive. She tells demanding and rewarding stories.”


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


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

– Sylvia Plath

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Less than a month away from the release of my new book, PLACES LIKE THESE, and I’m feelin’ it... those pre-publication jitters. I’ve been sticking pieces of advance praise and promotion up on my single remaining social media feed, and I read one of the stories for the...

On Staring Out Windows

On Staring Out Windows

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time daydreaming. During long drives from/to the nearest big city - where we'd go for movies, mall shopping, book stores, and sometimes doctor's appointments - I would stare out at passing fields, forests, the big lake. At night, I...

Finding Focus

Finding Focus

This summer, I spent a lot of time in silence. The deep thrumming quiet of Cole Lake (which took seven short portages and two beaver dam pullovers to get to, ugh) and the stillness of Echo Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, reached via the flooded Winnipeg River and...


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