Courses

Whether you are looking to better understand your characters, get back in touch with your creative self, nourish a work-in-progress, or strike a yoga pose while writing poetry, I can help through online and in-person courses, workshops, and retreats. Sign up to my blog to hear about upcoming  events, follow me on social media, or shoot me a note to find out where I’ll be and when!

WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS

They Laughed, They Cried – Creating Emotional Resonance in Your Characters

Your plot might be a masterpiece of twists and turns, but it is compelling characters that will really seduce your reader. So, how do you get your readers to care about created people, open their hearts, and respond emotionally to your characters’ made-up challenges? By creating emotional resonance in your writing. In this course, we’ll explore what makes us cry or laugh along with fictional characters through plenty of examples, and practice methods to make our own stories echo with feeling.

ONLINE COURSE through the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. Course capped at 9 participants. Sign up right here! 

FRIDAYS: 10AM-12PM MST (Calgary); 11AM-1:00PM CDT (Winnipeg): 12 PM-2:00 PM EDT (Toronto)
Starting MAY 29, 2020, for 4 WEEKS
 
MEMBER PRICE: $120
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $160

Nourishing Roots: Yoga and Writing Retreats

Certified rock star yoga instructor, Kerry Mealey-Holmes, and I have teamed up to offer day and weekend-long retreats in beautiful locations, combining yoga and writing.

Join us for our springtime immersive retreat in a magical location in south-eastern Manitoba, this April! 

Check out the Nourishing Roots Retreats webpage, and sign up for the newsletter to get the latest news about upcoming events, special deals, and more.

Praise for Our Retreats

AMAZING!!! I’m so happy I took the day and attended this retreat! It was a fantastic way to reconnect with my writing, practice some yoga, and immerse myself in a wonderful, creative, supportive environment. This writing retreat arrived at a perfect time for me, even though I didn’t know I needed it. I would highly recommend it! – Lindsey Henley

Before the retreat, I was a little bit nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. Lauren and Kerry created such a warm and caring environment. Over the course of the day, I felt more connected to myself than I have for a very long time. I would recommend this retreat for all women wanting to explore themselves, connect with themselves, and give themselves LOVE. – Avery Eramchuk 

What a safe a gentle way to approach your inner writer. Thoughtful, creative space provided. Kerry and Lauren are wonderful. – Kelly 

Wild Writing in the Boreal

Wild Writing in the Boreal is an annual November writing retreat for beginning and experienced writers, which I co-run with writer Donna Besel. It brings together women from Northwestern Ontario, Southern Manitoba, and beyond for a warm and easy-going weekend of writing, sharing stories, and connecting in the gorgeous environment of Falcon Trails Resort in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Delicious food, hot-tubs, wood-burning stoves, starry nights, beautiful nature, and our legendary Saturday night sing-a-long (following the open mic reading) and, of course, lots of writing, create a weekend to remember!

Visit our Wild Writing in the Boreal page for more details, including pictures and testimonials and check out last year’s itinerary and details about Falcon Trails at the resort’s website.

Praise from past participants

Wild Writing in the Boreal blew my expectations through the roof! The entire weekend was so full of love, honesty, and beautiful writing. Both Lauren and Donna are amazing, talented women that we are all lucky to be learning from. Never have I felt so grounded at a retreat, and I am walking away feeling knowledgable and motivated. – Kiera Anderson

Before the retreat, I always thought that writers were “other” people. Being a writer was something I didn’t think was attainable for someone like me. Listening to other stories that people wrote and sharing helped me realize that I can be a writer. – Marni Fisher

 

ONLINE COURSES

Nine Simple Steps To A Solid Writing Practice! 

This self-directed video course offers 10 lessons (9, plus a bonus) to help you begin and nurture a writing practice. Whether you’re answering a life-long call to write or returning to your creative work, this course will help you:

  • dedicate a space for creative work
  • make time to write
  • address and overcome common blocks 
  • reconnect with the desire you feel to write
  • feel like a writer again or for the first time
  • choose a meaningful project
  • purposefully look at your written draft (without cringing or running away)

I’ve recently lowered the cost of this course, to help as many people as I can, so you can purchase it now for just $39.99! 

Praise for Nine Simple Steps

“This course, visually beautiful and wise, has helped me to re-connect with my writing. I’m back at it again. Next time I stray, I know I’ll have this course in my back pocket to help me return.” – Angie Gallop

“I love your writing course! I started it way back, and have kept going back to it…it is very forgiving that way. It has gotten me to the point where from not writing at all, except for my editorial for the paper once every two months, i have a spot to write, and sit down each morning and write for an hour! I am working on two different projects! THANK YOU for helping me find my creative side again, after so many years! It has also encouraged me to move away from arts admin and into editing and writing for a living. So much thanks to you!” – Anna Proctor

“Lauren’s online class was precisely the tonic I needed to re-ignite my writing practice. I listened to these nine sessions in my car on the way to work and looked forward every morning to the encouragement and counsel she provided. Through personal stories, anecdotes, quotes and practical tips, Lauren’s coaching inspired me to identify my writing goals and commit to them. I recommend this course to anyone who needs an extra nudge to start new works or to keep going with existing projects.” – Cheryl Sadowski

Writing Teaches Writing: An Online Course 

Writing teaches writing. No one can tell you your own secret.” – Gail Sher

This online, real-time email and video conferencing course combines readings, assignments, emails, and video conferencing over several weeks to help you gain confidence, build faith, overcome doubt, advance your craft, and learn how to figure out what your work needs so you can: 

  • Practice trusting your own writing instincts
  • Sit more comfortably with the chaos and confusion of a creative project
  • Gain wisdom around your inner critic
  • Learn helpful methods for common avoidance reactions so you can get to work
  • Be less inclined to give up
  • And, ultimately, gain freedom in your creative practice
Praise for Writing Teaches Writing
“This course helped me re-focus and re-imagine my writing mission. Lauren created an environment of safety and acceptance so I, in turn, could be vulnerable enough to face the truth about where my creative practice *actually* fits into my life. I also came away with great affection for my classmates after the experience of sharing our goals, struggles, and strategies for getting to the page.” – Angie Gallop

“I was stuck, just could not make myself get to my desk and start working again even though I had projects waiting. This course really kick-started me. I found the connection with the other participants and the conversations triggered by the course material to be enormously helpful and inspiring. I am back at my desk, committed to a regular writing practice again. Thanks, Lauren, this course was exactly what I needed to get working again.” – Nancy Hall

Need a writing workshop for your writing group, class, retreat, or gathering? Get in touch, and I’ll custom design a fun, challenging, engaging experience which will meet the needs and experience of your group!

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