Hello, I’m Lauren Carter

A writer and writing coach

My mission is to create deeply and help others deeply create. Sign up for my newsletter about writing process, new books, upcoming courses, and more!

 

WHAT’S NEW 

My new baby is nearly here!

This Has Nothing to Do With You is a compulsively readable novel that follows a dynamic cast of characters, revealing the complexity of the bonds that are formed through trauma and grief—with siblings, lovers, friends, and dogs.

“I found it tender and devastating. A deep dive into the trauma created by family secrets — and secret-keeping.” – Sarah Selecky

Read more about THNTDWY!  

 

“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). Check out the books that I write.

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

It Takes A Town

Phew! What a whirlwind. Four readings and one workshop in twelve days - plus helping my mom do some downsizing by picking through her books (hopefully my suitcase has not tipped over into the oversize scale). I want to express my deep gratitude for everyone who helped...

The Importance of Trees

This past Monday, I went to the Best Book Launch Ever for my friend Ariel Gordon’s book Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forest. I laughed, I cried (thanks to Erna Buffie's beautiful, generous and true introduction). I ate tree, acorn, leaf cookies made by generous...

All Poetry (Most) Of the Time

Yesterday, one of my appreciated and admired ARC (advance reading copy) readers gave a sneak peek of my new novel to the Twitterverse, which shows a slightly earlier version of the (gorgeous!) cover. So, what better time to share a sneak peek! Soon, I'll do a full...

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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