Elizabeth Heise

Lauren is a fantastic writing coach—I cannot recommend her highly enough. Her consultation was concise and insightful. She has a way of breaking down the writing process into bite size pieces so that you are not trying to cram in an entire enchilada for no good reason. Unlike many successful authors of her caliber, she is extremely generous with her feedback. Her contributions to our workshop at Omega were a tremendous bonus. I hope to have the chance to work with her again and can’t wait for Inconvenient Daughter.

Victoria Albanese

Lauren was instrumental to my learning at this summer’s Omega writing workshop.  She gives insightful critique that is honest but gentle and she is generous with encouragement.  It would be a privilege to take another writing class and have Lauren as the instructor.

Kathy Moore

I attended a workshop with Lauren at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Lauren teaches the craft of writing but she also empowers her students to trust themselves as writers. Her calm presence, warmth and sense of humor made it easy to share work and her insightful feedback helped me grow as a writer.

Valerie Frankfeldt

Lauren’s comments were so intelligent, incisive, and insightful, not to say also uplifting and supportive. She is a great teacher and a fountain of knowledge. Much appreciated from my time at Omega with her!

Ruth Bonapace

Lauren was introduced as the TA but she was actually, truly a co-teacher of the workshop. Her insights and advice were spot on, and very valuable both to me, a veteran of many workshops on the road to my MFA, and also to the newbies in our group, taking their first steps into the water, not knowing yet that they can swim.

Valerie Spangenberg

Hi Lauren,

Thank you so much for kindness and advice during the class at Omega.  You were excellent and your ideas were gratefully received particularly on the one-to-one basis.  Your comments were pertinent and helpful and I love the way you were in sympathy with each participant when s/he become overwhelmed with emotion.  Your empathy was so soothing.  Thank you again and good luck in the future.

Leigh Warre

Lauren was a wonderfully enthusiastic writing instructor during the workshop I took with Kaylie Jones and Beverly Donofrio. She was compassionate, and had many insights into the work that was shared, which I found very helpful. She also was great in a 1-1 conference with lots of information concerning further study in writing workshops and MFA programs. I highly recommend her as a writing instructor.

Noreen Murphy

Lauren was a delightfully unexpected highlight of my Omega experience. She brought wisdom beyond her years and razor sharp insights which she delivered with genuine warmth and respect. A workshop with Beverly Donofrio and Kaylie Jones was never going to disappoint but having Lauren there brought something extra special. She wasn’t the icing on the cake, she was the chocolate frosting on the cherry on the icing on the cake.

Janet Green Garrison


I can not thank you sufficiently for your valuable contributions to writers workshop at Omega this week. I am truly amazed by your wise and concise editing suggestions. Giving me your thoughts on the 2 different timelines has opened yet another way to view my life’s trajectory. I look forward to reading your book in the new future.

With sincere thanks,
Janet Green Garrison

Sylvie Thiffault

Lauren’s teachings bring the group immediately to the next level. Personally, I experienced being heard wholeheartedly. Lauren pinpointed immediately what I did well and what I needed to work on, leaving me feel worthy and skilled. I am making my debuts as a writer and self-confidence plus honest feedback are key. Lauren delivers both in stride.

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