Lauren Kirshner is a novelist, arts writer, and creative writing instructor.

Her novel, Where We Have to Go (M&S), which the Globe and Mail called “a very strong original debut,” was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award. It has been translated into Dutch and German and also earned her “Toronto’s Best Emerging Author” award from NOW magazine.

Lauren’s journalism, short fiction, and memoir have appeared in publications across North America including The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, PRISM International, The National Post, ELLE, and THIS. Her writing is forthcoming in Carousel and Room.

Her non-fiction work about the maquiladora workers of Juarez, Mexico, “Twenty Poems about Claudia,” was included in the paper documentary I Live Here. When she was 19, one of Lauren’s first writing assignments was an interview with late great Clash guitarist and singer Joe Strummer for NOW magazine.

She’s received the Arthur Irwin Award for Distinction in Journalism, an Eden Mills Literary Festival Prize, and two Hart House Poetry Awards.

Lauren is a graduate of The University of Toronto’s Masters of English in the Field of Creative Writing, where she was mentored by Margaret Atwood.

Lauren frequently teaches a popular creative writing course at Ryerson University, CENG505. As an arts educator, she has taught over 300 workshops in the community since 2004, including programming for Luminato, Harbourfront Centre and The Toronto Public Library. She is the Founding Director of Sister Writes, a creative writing program for women hailed by The Toronto Star as a groundbreaking arts initiative.

She lives in Toronto.

Lauren Kirshner is a novelist, arts writer, and creative writing instructor.

Her novel, Where We Have to Go (M&S), which the Globe and Mail called “a very strong original debut,” was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award. It has been translated into Dutch and German and also earned her “Toronto’s Best Emerging Author” award from NOW magazine.

Lauren’s journalism, short fiction, and memoir have appeared in publications across North America including The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, PRISM International, The Toronto Star, Chatelaine, The National Post, ELLE, and THIS. Her fiction and non-fiction is forthcoming in Carousel and Room.

Her non-fiction work about the maquiladora workers of Juarez, Mexico, “Twenty Poems about Claudia,” was included in the paper documentary I Live Here. When she was 19, one of Lauren’s first writing assignments was an interview with late great Clash guitarist and singer Joe Strummer for NOW magazine.

She’s received the Arthur Irwin Award for Distinction in Journalism, an Eden Mills Literary Festival Prize, and two Hart House Poetry Awards.

Lauren is a graduate of The University of Toronto’s Masters of English in the Field of Creative Writing, where she was mentored by Margaret Atwood.

Lauren frequently teaches a popular creative writing course at Ryerson University, CENG505. As an arts educator, she has taught over 300 workshops in the community since 2004, including programming for Luminato, Harbourfront Centre and The Toronto Public Library.

She is the Founding Director of Sister Writes, a creative writing program for women hailed by The Toronto Star as a groundbreaking arts initiative.

She lives in Toronto.