Fiction writer, essayist, and ghostwriter who has published the autobiographical fiction books, White Girls and 21 Sugar Street, and a memoir/writing book, Listen to Me: Writing Life into Meaning, all with W. W. Norton. Ms. Lauber’s work has appeared in The New York Times.
Your story is yours—it’s probably the only thing that is all yours—and you have a right to use it in any way you wish, to bend it into fiction, to transmute it into poetry, or serve it up as memoir. But before you can decide which way to shape your writing, you have to get into the habit of writing freely, reaching deep into the reservoir of material that is yours alone. You have to find a way to turn off the editor, the critic or what Virginia Woolf called the angel in the house, the voices that are always ready to whisper in your ear and shut you down. The world is so fast to criticize that I like to focus on pleasure and encouragement in my workshops. In my experience, there is so much just there under the surface waiting to be accessed. With a bit of navigational guidance and prompting, most students are able to locate their own rich vein and mine it.
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“I found Lynn Lauber to be an excellent instructor and enlightened mentor. Her knowledge of writing practice and familiarity with writing genres served the class at every turn. It was an excellent experience.” —Writers’ Program student