About Lauren

“I’ve always been a writer.”

Since reciting her first original story – The Girl with Green Hands – at the age of four, Lauren’s been a writer. 

That well-constructed oral tale made her mother grab a pen to take dictation but once Lauren learned to make letters herself she took to the page.

Now represented by a prestigious Toronto literary agent, Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency, she is the author of four traditionally-published books: two poetry collections and two novels.

Her work has also appeared in multiple anthologies, including Best Canadian Stories (selected and edited by John Metcalf) and Voicing Suicide, and several Canadian literary journals such as The Fiddlehead, Grain, The Puritan, and others.

Nominated for the Giller Prize and the McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize, her fiction and poetry have also been awarded first prize in both the Prairie Fire Literary Awards and ROOM Magazine’s Poetry Contest. She has also been long-listed multiple times for the CBC Literary Awards, in both poetry and fiction. 

Lauren is also a past recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council’s Major Arts Award, given to Manitoba artists whose work shows exceptional quality or accomplishment. 

A generous and empathetic teacher, Lauren also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, a college certificate in teaching adults, and has studied creativity coaching with Eric Maisel and other teachers through the Creativity Coaching Association.

She has taught writing workshops across Canada and in Mexico, online to writers as far afield as Syria and California, and continues to facilitate retreats and classes.

Within Manitoba, she co-runs the annual, highly successful Wild Writing in the Boreal women’s retreat at Falcon Trails Resort, and yoga and writing retreats through Nourishing Roots Retreats.

All of her teaching work is designed to generously and authentically help individuals deeply connect with their creativity and meet the challenges of writing with courage, self-confidence, and curiousity. 

Lauren has also written non-fiction for newspapers and periodicals, including travel articles. Her stories about destinations in Canada, Hungary, Argentina, and other countries have appeared in the VIA Rail blog, National Geographic Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Georgia Straight, NOW Magazine, and other publications. Clips can be viewed at her freelance writing website, Copy By Lauren

Since 2011, she has been blogging, and continues to write about her personal writing process and living the writing life. Thanks largely to her personal and honest blog, her website has twice been named one of the Best 100 Websites for Writers by The Write Life.

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