Nina LaCour

The Slow Novel Lab

with Nina LaCour

A self-guided writing class with a year of support and community—currently closed for enrollment.


We Are Okay

Now available in paperback!

Winner of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award

“Short, poetic and gorgeously written. . . . The world LaCour creates is fragile but profoundly humane.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A beautiful, devastating piece of art. . . . An extraordinary work.” —Bookpage

An elegantly crafted paean to the cleansing power of truth. —Kirkus, starred review

“LaCour paints a captivating depiction of loss, bewilderment, and emotional paralysis . . . raw and beautiful.” —Booklist, starred review

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You Know Me Well

A Seventeen Magazine Best
YA Book of 2016

"Often subtle and always absorbing." –Booklist


Everything Leads to You

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"This is summer love for the ages." –Booklist


The Disenchantments

A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012

"This is about the inside and outside of characters, the past and future of their lives—and it is astonishing." –Booklist

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Hold Still

A William C. Morris Honor Winner

"An impressive debut." –Publishers Weekly


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The Writing Life:
Podcast, Conversations
& Classes

Explore the writing life with Nina through her email newsletter series Letters From Nina, her podcast "Keeping a Notebook," and her online class The Slow Novel Lab. After a decade of novel writing practice, five published books, and thousands of teaching hours, Nina has a lot to share about the craft of fiction and leading a fulfilling creative life.


Keeping a Notebook

Welcome to Keeping a Notebook: a podcast on writing with me, Nina LaCour. Some episodes will get deep into the specifics of crafting a story, answering questions about character and plot. Others will focus on the personal experiences and perspectives that we all bring to our work, and how to trust that what we’re making is worthy of our time and other people’s attention. And we’ll also talk about routines and rituals and ways to not only weave our creative practices into our daily lives, but also to prioritize them and make room for the kinds of explorations that will keep us moving forward. I hope you’ll subscribe and join me here.

Letters from Nina

Join “Letters from Nina,” an email newsletter for musings on writing and life, including printable PDFs with writing tips, first looks at class and mentorship offerings, and news on Nina's upcoming books and appearances. (Just looking for book announcements and news? There's a box to check for that!)

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News and Appearances

Find links to learn more about Nina and her work. An up-to-date list of upcoming appearances and events is also found here.




About Nina

Nina LaCour is the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award winning author of We Are OkayHold StillEverything Leads to You and The Disenchantments. She is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of You Know Me Well. A life-long lover of books and storytelling, she is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFAC program; runs The Slow Novel Lab, an online novel writing course; and hosts Keeping a Notebook: A podcast on writing with Nina LaCour. Born and raised in California, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife and daughter. Read more…

Follow Nina on Instagram for conversations on craft and creativity and an inside look at her writing process.