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Lauren Wolf Strawbridge

Be honest. Be inspirational. Be brave.

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Lauren Wolf Strawbridge

Be honest. Be inspirational. Be brave.

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Lauren Wolf Strawbridge is a writer, adventurer, and mental health advocate living in the DC-metro suburbs. She teaches English composition at a local college and volunteers on the board for EveryMind, the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. In May 2014, after almost a decade of struggling with multiple misdiagnoses, Lauren was finally diagnosed with the correct one: Bipolar disorder, type II, with mixed states.

Despite the oftentimes disabling symptoms, Lauren persisted for perfection and happiness. In 2012, she graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University with a BA in English and a minor in Outdoor Educational Leadership. She then spent two years sifting through her passions: working with children, teaching English, and exploring the world. In 2016, Lauren received her MFA in Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Her thesis combines mental health research, memoir, and humor.

Lauren's philosophy – to write boldly – shows in her immersion journalism and personal essays. She delves into her past and present to uncover humor in troubling circumstances. Even in her personal interactions, she embraces transparency and light comedy. In March 2016, Lauren spoke at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Los Angeles about using humor to write through pain. In October 2017, she was a keynote speaker at EveryMind's 60th Anniversary Gala, where she spoke openly about her struggles with mental illness. The event raised over $300,000 for mental health programs and suicide prevention.

Lauren believes that hardy laughing, authenticity, and smiling at follies foster youthfulness. Her core values encompass education, communication, and joviality. In her free time, Lauren enjoys exploring the outdoors, working with students, and speaking out about her experiences with bipolar disorder in hopes of reducing the stigmas behind it.


Lauren is now accepting freelance work. Click here for more information.


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