About Lauren

What Lauren Teaches

These workshops are open to all levels.
Expect intriguing examples and prompts that will challenge you to generate new work.

Leave your inner critic at home, but do bring favorite writing implements, curiosity and enthusiasm. It’s all about being creative with your voice and abilities, and finding camaraderie in the process. (Classes held in Santa Fe, NM, but could be offered elsewhere. Just ask.)

A student creates a poem at “The White Place” in Lauren’s “Writing in O’Keeffe Country” workshop offered through the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Lauren frequently leads writing workshops at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

From Wild Mind to Experience: Writing in All Directions

This workshop offers inspiration in all genres — fiction, memoir, poetry. We’ll read, discuss and write, using unconventional prompts and exercises. We’ll build listening skills, word banks and approaches, always searching to understand and capture emotion, and finding alternatives to traditional ways of phrasing.

Wednesday afternoons, 2 to 4pm
January 3 to January 31 in Santa Fe

Five sessions — $175

Class full!
Contact Lauren to get on the waiting list.

 

Revision: The Beautiful Dirty Work

In this workshop, we’ll begin to make your poem, story or essay exactly right for the ear and eye, working line by line and word by word. We’ll also discuss how to clarify images, tone and direction.

Persona: Getting into Character

Step out of yourself and observe from someone else’s perspective — their actions, reactions and history. You will be surprised by the empathy you feel. It may be true that “everyone is fighting a great battle.” We will begin to understand from inside someone else.

Leaving Places: Tapping into Memory

Almost everyone has a previous place they’ve lived. Some have been many places, leaving footsteps and fingerprints all around. Let’s return to some of those vistas and doorways and rooms, passing through again to find their important moments in your history. Expect to be surprised by how far your memory stretches.

Writing Mentorship

Do you crave one-on-one assistance to begin or complete a creative writing project? Are you better served with personal guidance rather than a group setting?

Lauren can work directly with you to shape an idea that you just haven’t been able to move along. Email her for more info.

The Surprising Form of Memory: Writing a Pantoum

The ancient pantoum is the ideal form for writing about the past. With a little direction, even uncertain writers are eased into shaping their crystalline memories, and more experienced writers will have the chance to delve into subjects that might not have opened up for them before. Excitement builds quickly as students follow the form through to its ending.

The Voice of Praise

With so many things to worry over, we need to keep finding joy and celebrating gratitude. This feel–good workshop will help you write in praise of small beauties, large events or anything in between. Learn how to move beyond the obvious like and love into the deeper and more magnificent why. We will map at least one wonderfully ordinary element of our lives, lifting the subject up and enriching it with the finest elements of craft and wild attention.

When the Words Meet the Stage: Reading to An Audience

In this workshop, we will move through vocal and physical warm-ups, learn techniques for easing jitters, and consider gestures and endings. We’ll also talk about what not to do. Learn to present your work out loud with power and confidence in this safe, supportive environment.

“Wonderful inspiring class…

…made me want to continue writing. Lauren has lots of patience and helpful suggestions. I enjoyed her relaxed teaching style.”