Lauren Yaffe


Lauren Yaffe recently earned a Master Screenwriter Certificate from ScreenwritingU. She also holds a BA from University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College. Her stories, essays and poems have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Cottonwood, Calliope, Sassy and English Journal.

Lauren was born and raised in the wilds of Washington, DC.  Her meanderings through Rock Creek Park and the unkempt grasses of her backyard, not to mention her mother's appreciation for mud pies, helped form her deep connection to urban nature.  

​Lauren now resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and kids, two dogs, a turtle and ten thousand or so worms.

Lauren's novel-in-progress, THE CLOUD, was Short Listed for the 2013 Pirate’s Alley/Faulkner Society Creative Writing Competition.  

Her poem, "Change in Light" won a WILLOW REVIEW in 2012.  

In 2011, she was awarded a Writers’ Relief Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award for Poetry. 

Her animation feature screenplay, “London Underground”, was a 2010 StoryPros Semi-finalist. 

​Her story, “The Evolution of Tulips”, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008. 

Lauren has received numerous Poets & Writers, Inc./Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund grants from 1992 to 1998.

Lauren's current projects, in various stages of development, include 2 screenplays, several adult and YA novels, 3 children's book picture book series, and a stage play. 

Lauren co-founded, directed and taught at Brooklyn Bound Writing Workshops from 1994 to 1998, and has taught writing at Penn Writer's Conference, Polytechnic University, Warren Wilson Writing Conferences and elsewhere. Lauren curated Brooklyn Bound Reading Series from 1989 to 1994.  She edited ALL IN A LIFETIME, a collection of her journalist grandfather, Richard Yaffe's articles.  As a NYC School Volunteer, she led literature groups for elementary school children.  She currently leads worm composting workshops for children.