Lauren Strasnick , MFA

Affiliate Faculty, Writing for Young People
MFA in Creative Writing


Lauren Strasnick (Writing for Young People) is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts MFA Creative Writing Program. Her debut novel, Nothing Like You (Simon Pulse/S&S, 2009), was an RWA RITA award finalist in two categories, Best First Book and YA Romance. Her second novel, Her and Me and You (Simon Pulse/S&S, 2010), was a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Then You Were Gone (Simon Pulse/S&S), Lauren’s third book, was published in January 2013.

I offer you, my mentee, guidance, support, encouragement and constructive criticism. If you’re at work on a book, I’ll help you make that book the best it can possibly be. I believe in clean, nice sentences; in clear, smart writing that’s accessible and engaging with a strong viewpoint and voice. We’ll discuss structure, plotting, character, pacing; and I’ll do my absolute best to provide you with insight and a fresh perspective!