Past Events and Appearances

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June 30 - July 1 workshop
Newton, NJ

Saturday-Sunday, June 30-July 1, 2018
(10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days)

Bearing Witness: How to Write Your Memoir
The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Road, Unit 107, Newton, NJ
$225 per person
(Bring your lunch or buy it in the neighborhood.)
Register and pay here.

Bearing Witness: How to Write Your Memoir

You know your life story could help and inspire others. So write it!

Join this weekend workshop where you’ll learn how to:

The workshop is presented in a supportive environment. Our goal is your success.

The Tree of Health Center massage therapist will be available all day for neck, shoulder and reflexology to ease the tension out as your story unfolds — $1 a minute.

For more information, please contact TTOHC at (973) 500-8813 or visit www.ttohc.com.

Ocean Grove, NJ

Fall writing workshop series
Saddle River, NJ

WORKSHOP: Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23, 2018
(10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday)
WRITING CIRCLES: Monday nights October 15, November 5, November 26, December 17
(All Monday nights, 6:00-9:30 p.m.)

Mastering Memoir: A Fall Writing Workshop Series
Body Positive Works, 96 E. Allendale Road, Saddle River, NJ 07458
$360 for the workshop and circles
(Lunch on your own in the neighborhood during the workshop)
Register and pay here.

Mastering Memoir: A Fall Writing Workshop Series

In this soup-to-nuts, four-month series, you’ll explore your whole memoir journey — understanding what brings you to the page, choosing which story to tell, structuring your narrative, writing energetic prose, keeping your confidence, staying out of court, identifying your markets, and brainstorming publication options. You’ll also learn the many forms this popular genre takes, including self-help memoirs, autoethnographies, story collections, mini-memoirs, personal essays, and memoir portraits.

The workshop is trailed by four three-and-a-half-hour weeknight writing circles at which participants can bring writing to share or other questions about their projects to the table.

Bring paper and pen or a laptop. Perfect for new or struggling memoirists.

October workshop
Ossining, NY

Saturday-Monday, October 6-8, 2018
The Alchemy of Memoir
The Mariandale Center, 299 N. Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10561

The Alchemy of Memoir

When you write your memoir you turn your pain into healing, your confusion into insight, your life into art. And you witness the corner of the world that fate entrusted to you. Come learn to shape your story and make it sing on the page. Envision the difference your book can make. Bring paper and pen or a laptop. Perfect for new or struggling memoirists.

Rhinebeck, NY

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2019

January 5-6 workshop SOLD OUT!
Newton, NJ

Saturday-Sunday, January 5-6, 2019
(10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday)
SNOW DATE: February 2-3, 2018

Bearing Witness: How to Write Your Memoir
Did you resolve to write your memoir in 2019? Learn how to get moving — the right way!
The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Road, Unit 107, Newton, NJ
$195 Early Bird Rate (on or before December 1)
** Rate goes up to $225 as of December 2 **
(Bring your lunch or buy it in the neighborhood.)
Register and pay here.
Need a hotel? Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newton Sparta is two miles away.

Bearing Witness: How to Write Your Memoir
A weekend workshop for women and men.

You’ll learn how to shape your life experiences into a compelling story. We’ll cover the four elements that must be present in every satisfying narrative — assault, abyss, awareness, and action — as well as the many forms a memoir can take. The work of fine writers will inspire you as your own best writing is evoked in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

The Tree of Health Center massage therapist will be available all day for neck, shoulder and reflexology to ease the tension out as your story unfolds — $1 a minute.

NOTE: Workshop participants who would like support after the workshop can join a monthly writers’ circle at The Tree of Health Center. Limit: six people.

$250 per person for five-month writers’ circle series
** $225 when you sign up for workshop and writers’ circle at the same time. **
For more information, please contact TTOHC at (973) 500-8813 or visit www.ttohc.com.

March-June 2019 FREE TO THE PUBLIC
Allendale, NJ

The Memoir Writer's Toolbox Series

Do you have a life story you'd like to write? With the right tools, you can do it!

Lee Memorial Library, 500 West Crescent Ave, Allendale, NJ
Free to the public
Register online here (go to March 12, click on workshop, and follow registration link) or call (201) 327-4338 to reserve your spot

Tuesday, March 12, 7:00-8:45 pm
Toolbox Series: Structure
Learn the different types of memoir writing and how to structure your story on the page.

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00-8:45 pm
Toolbox Series: Point of View
Learn the ins and out of point of view. You'll start by identifying which stories are yours to tell. Mastering point of view makes for a compelling read and keeps you out of court.

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00-8:45 pm
Toolbox Series: Scenes
Learn the art of writing scenes, a building block of narrative, and reflections, which deepen and distinguish your story.

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00-8:45 pm
Toolbox Series: Musical Prose
Learn how to animate your writing with dialogue, dialect, rhythm, and color.

Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24 workshop
Newton, NJ

Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24, 2019
(10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday)

Pathways to Publishing: A Primer for Authors
The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Road, Unit 107, Newton, NJ
$195
(Bring your lunch or buy it in the neighborhood.)
Register and pay here

Pathways to Publishing: A Primer for Authors

A weekend workshop

So your manuscript is finished and professionally edited. Now what? Should you find an agent? Submit directly to a traditional publisher? Search for a hybrid publisher? If you self-publish, what’s the best platform? How do you publicize your book? You’ll learn the publishing landscape well enough to intelligently pick options that meet your goals. The workshop will be a presentation and brainstorming session on each participant’s project.

For more information, please contact TTOHC at (973) 500-8813 or visit www.ttohc.com.

Friday, April 5 talk
Chester, NJ

Friday, April 5, 2019
(11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

The Life of a Ghostwriter
The Write Stuff Writers’ Workshop
Chester Library, 250 West Main St., Chester Borough, NJ 07930
(For more about the Writer’s Workshop at Chester Library, contact Mary Murphy at or 908-879-7612.)

Tuesday, April 23 talk
Montclair, NJ

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
(10:15-11:30 a.m.)

Building an Expansive Writing Life
Montclair Write Group Morning Writers’ Support Series
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ

(For more about Montclair Write Group events, e-mail and ask to receive the weekly e-update.)

Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23 workshop
Newton, NJ

Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23, 2019
(10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday)

Claiming Your Voice: How to Write Your Memoir
The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Road, Unit 107, Newton, NJ
$195 Early Bird Rate (on or before May 28)
** Rate goes up to $225 as of May 28 **
(Bring your lunch or buy it in the neighborhood.)
Register and pay here

Claiming Your Voice: How to Write Your Memoir

A weekend workshop for women and men.

You’ll learn how to shape your life experiences into a compelling story. We’ll cover the four elements that must be present in every satisfying narrative — assault, abyss, awareness, and action — as well as the many forms a memoir can take. The work of fine writers will inspire you as your own best writing is evoked in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

For more information, please contact TTOHC at (973) 500-8813 or visit www.ttohc.com.

NOTE: Workshop participants who would like support after the workshop can join a monthly writers’ circle at The Tree of Health Center. Limit: six people.
$250 per person for five-month writers’ circle series
** $225 when you sign up for workshop and writers’ circle at the same time.
For more information, please contact TTOHC at (973) 500-8813 or visit www.ttohc.com.

Friday-Sunday, August 23-25
Ossining, NY

Friday-Sunday, August 23-25, 2019
(5 p.m. Friday-1 p.m. Sunday)

The ‘Me’ in Memoir
The Mariandale Center, 299 N. Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10561
$295 for whole weekend, including room and board
Register and pay here

The ‘Me’ in Memoir

As you write your memoir, you unleash your narrative self. Learn to recognize and encourage this version of yourself—the deepest, wisest part of you. It can reconcile your past and enlighten your present. Its emergence is the memoir writer’s most profound reward. Bring paper and pen or a laptop. Perfect for new or struggling memoirists.

Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20 workshop
Newton, NJ

Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 2019
(10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday)

Pathways to Publishing: A Primer for Authors
The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Road, Unit 107, Newton, NJ
$225 Early Bird Rate (on or before September 15)
** Rate goes up to $255 as of September 16 **
(Bring your lunch or buy it in the neighborhood.)
Register and pay here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pathways-to-publishing-a-primer-for-authors-weekend-workshop-with-lorraine-ash-tickets-68348810131

Pathways to Publishing: A Primer for Authors

A weekend workshop

So your manuscript is finished and professionally edited. Now what? Should you find an agent? Submit directly to a traditional publisher? Search for a hybrid publisher? If you self-publish, what’s the best platform? How do you publicize your book? You’ll learn the publishing landscape well enough to intelligently pick options that meet your goals.

For more information, please contact TTOHC at (973) 500-8813 or visit www.ttohc.com.

The Bearing Witness Memoir Writing Workshop, Newton, New Jersey, January 2019

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2020

Friday-Sunday, January 31-February 2 workshop
Ossining, NY

Friday-Sunday, January 31-February 2, 2020
(5 p.m. Friday-1 p.m. Sunday)

Write Your Way to Wisdom
The Mariandale Center, 299 N. Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10561
$275 for whole weekend, including room and board
Register and pay here.

Write Your Way to Wisdom

Winter, the season of hibernation, is a perfect time for writing memoir — the genre of introspection. In the quiet beauty of Mariandale, you’ll identify the pivot points of your life. By crafting them into stories, you will mine their meaning and find the grace within. Bring paper and pen or a laptop. Perfect for memoirists working on essays or books.

For more information, please contact Karen Bernard at (914) 941-4455, ext. 106, visit mariandale.org, or contact Lorraine.

Tuesdays, April 14, 21, and 28 online series
Online via Zoom

FULL TO CAPACITY Tuesdays, April 14, 21, and 28, 2020
(2-4 p.m.)

COVID-19 Diaries: Writing in the Age of Pandemic
Offered through The Mariandale Center, Ossining, NY
Free
Register here
(Participants will get a Zoom link and ID for the presentations)

COVID-19 Diaries: Writing in the Age of Pandemic

A three-part online series

What is the role of the writer now? To witness, process, and frame what matters amid the chaos. News stories abound, but personal stories are the intimate history of this pandemic. Share yours. Let’s come together online from wherever we are — a sickbed, the front line, the unemployment line, home, a science lab, anywhere. We will use prompts, images, and questions to jump-start new short pieces. At the end of the workshop you will learn about quality online venues where you can upload your writing now.

Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28 workshop
Online via Zoom

Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, 2020
(10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday)

COVID-19 Diaries: Writing in the Age of Pandemic
Offered through The Tree of Health Center, Newton, NJ
$30 for Saturday; $30 for Sunday; $60 for both*
Register and pay here
(Participants will get a Zoom invitation to the presentations)

COVID-19 Diaries: Writing in the Age of Pandemic

What is the role of the writer now? To witness, process, and frame what matters amid the chaos. News stories abound, but personal stories are the intimate history of this pandemic. Share yours. Let’s come together online from wherever we are — a sickbed, the front line, the unemployment line, home, a science lab, anywhere. We will jump-start and write short, profound first-person pieces that explore the realities of this pandemic and its effects on the self.

Perfect for those who write journals, memoir, micro-memoir, essays, or prose poems.

SPECIAL NOTE: All writing produced this weekend can be submitted to Corona City: Voices from the Epicenter, edited by Lorraine Ash. Corona City is an anthology of first-person work by New Jersey and New York writers and photographers. All our stories and images, as a mosaic, present the living history of the virus. Proceeds from Corona City will be donated to Feeding America.

For more information, please contact TTOHC at (973) 500-8813 or visit www.ttohc.com.

* If you cannot afford the registration price due to present hardship, please contact Linda Mitchell at linda.mitchell@ttohc.com with a line of explanation for our heavily discounted rate.

Friday-Sunday, July 24-26 workshop
Online via Zoom

Friday-Sunday, July 24-26, 2020
(7-8:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday; 2-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-noon Sunday)

Writing Micro-Memoirs
Offered through The Mariandale Center, Ossining, NY
Cost: $150
Register and pay here.
(Participants will get a Zoom invitation to the presentations.)

Writing Micro-Memoirs

Does the idea of writing a memoir overwhelm you? You can still capture the essence and arc of your story by writing micro-memoirs. Learn to mine the themes and moments that have directed and defined your life. This spare but profound approach yields great personal insight and beautiful literature. By the end of the workshop you will have crafted several micro-memoirs using numerous techniques. Bring paper and pen and/or a laptop.

For more information, please email Karen Bernard or contact Lorraine.

Write Your Way to Wisdom, Ossining, New York, January 31-February 2, 2020

Friday–Sunday, October 23–25 workshop
Online via four Zoom sessions

Friday–Sunday, October 23–25, 2020
(7–8:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–noon Saturday; 2–4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.–noon Sunday)

Writing Micro-Memoirs 2.0
Offered through The Mariandale Center, Ossining, NY
Cost: $150 (covers all sessions)
Register and pay here.
(Participants will get a Zoom invitation to the presentations.)

Writing Micro-Memoirs 2.0

Writing a memoir doesn’t have to feel like swimming the English Channel. There’s another way — micro-memoirs. They’re short narrative dives, up to 750 words. Each sparse but powerful micro captures in flashes the life moments and quiet events that made you who you are.

By the end of the workshop, you will have crafted several micro-memoirs using numerous techniques. Bring paper and pen and/or a laptop.

Abigail Thomas, a New York Times-bestselling author of micros, including the groundbreaking Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life, will join us as a guest Sunday morning.

For more information, please or contact Lorraine.

Writing Micro-Memoirs, Zoom, July 24-26, 2020

2021

Friday–Sunday, January 22–24, 2021 workshop
Online via four Zoom sessions

Friday–Sunday, January 22–24, 2021
(7–8:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–noon Saturday; 2–4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday)

The Stories You’re Meant to Write
Offered through The Mariandale Center, Ossining, NY
Cost: $150 (covers all sessions)
Register and pay here.
(Participants will get a Zoom invitation to the presentations.)

The Stories You’re Meant to Write

When you choose the right stories, you never lose faith as you write your memoirs. Explore the six kinds of stories that are yours to tell—the ones life, circumstance, and destiny have entrusted just to you. You’ll also learn to appreciate and marshal the stream of treasures each story holds.

Good for writers of all levels and for those writing book-length memoirs, micro-memoirs, essays, or autobiographical poetry. Bring paper and pen and/or a laptop.

For more information, please or contact Lorraine.

Micro-Memoirs Circle II, December 2020–May 2021
Online via monthly Zoom sessions starting December 20, 2020

Meeting Dates:
1–5 p.m. the third Sunday of the month (December 20, 2020; January 17, 2021; February 21, 2021; March 21, 2021; April 18, 2021; May 16, 2021)

Micro-Memoirs Circle II

Offered through The Tree of Health Center, Newton, NJ
$275 for the series
To register and pay, or call her at (973) 500-8813

Micro-Memoirs Circle II

Micro-Memoirs Circle II is a place you can bring your micro-memoirs (up to 750 words) to get educated, quality feedback. You can also bring your questions about the genre or ask Lorraine and the group to help you brainstorm a longer work, such as a magazine-length piece or a book. Your colleagues in the circle help you stay productive. Together, you become a community that supports each other’s work before and after publication.

When you sign up, you’re enrolled for five consecutive months. The sixth month is a makeup month in case you weren’t able to attend one of the other dates. Everyone, however, is welcome all six months.

January–March 2021 Virtual Reading Series
Online via Zoom

Session 1: Saturday, January 16, 2021, 7-9 p.m.
Session 2: Saturday, February 13, 2021, 7-9 p.m.
Session 3: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 7-9 p.m.

Corona City Virtual Reading Series

Hosted by The Center at Mariandale in three sessions, each featuring different readers
Cost: Sliding scale fees
(All ticket sales go to the Dominican Sisters of Hope at Mariandale.)
Register using these links:

(Registrants will get a Zoom invitation to the sessions.)

Corona City Virtual Reading Series on Zoom

Come hear the authors of Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter read their first-person writings in this charity COVID-19 anthology. The project, which features the words of sixty-two writers and images of sixteen professional photographers, chronicles life in New York and New Jersey when were we were the nation’s first epicenter. It is a grassroots history of four months—March through June 2020—that changed American life as we knew it. All royalties go to hunger relief.

Two of our endorsers are featured during these sessions—Dar Williams, singer/songwriter, through her music; and Ramananda John E. Welshons, spiritual teacher and author, who opens with a profound meditation experience.

For more information, please or contact Lorraine.


Top: John Welshons leads a meditation. Below (top to bottom)(left to right), authors Darcey Gohring, Ali Arje, and Laura Carriere read, all at the January 16, 2021 virtual reading.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6–7 p.m.
Montclair Write Group Free-For-All Writing Workshop Series

Online via Zoom

Lorraine will lead a mini-version of “Pathways to Publishing,” particularly highlighting the hybrid model, and answer questions from participants about getting their own projects into the marketplace.

For more about this event, please contact Lorraine.

(For more about Montclair Write Group events, and ask to receive the weekly e-update.)