Lauren Spencer

Lauren Spencer

Adjunct Instructor

Lauren Spencer was a copy editor and assistant managing editor (subsequently) at Hearst Publishing’s Woman’s Day magazine from 2012 to 2019. She also taught magazine copyediting in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts from 2013 to 2019. She has worked in publishing for over 20 years, starting her career as a copy editor at Rolling Stone magazine in the early 1990s, then moving on to a senior editor/writer position at Spin magazine in time to cover the Seattle Grunge scene from 1991 to 1994. After taking a brief detour away from publishing to work as VP of video promotion at Elektra Records and to teach writing workshops in the New York City public schools, Lauren returned to magazines in 2007 as a deputy copy editor at SELF magazine and also took on various copyediting freelance jobs at Condé Nast, Meredith, and Rodale publications. She’s written a series of instructional and informational books for middle-school students for Rosen Publishing and a music book, Bush: On the Road, for MTV Books/Pocket Books.

Currently Teaching

Digital Copyediting

This course explores the digital landscape and the copy desks within it, allowing for a deeper understanding of the industry.