Lorraine’s Events and Appearances

    The Writing Family, Understanding Self workshop originally scheduled for Saturday-Sunday October 3-4 has been rescheduled due to the forecast storm, and will now take place November 14-15.

    Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Writing Family, Understanding Self
    A two-day memoir retreat for women and men
    Cuppa Pulp Writers’ Space, 119 Main Street, Suite 2, Nanuet, New York 10954
    $215 includes workshop and mini-reflexology sessions with the wonderful Elle Levenson ($165 early bird rate for those who sign up by August 31)
    (Lunches on your own at one of the many wonderful eateries in the neighborhood.)
    Register at www.cuppapulp.com/cilk119/event/writing-family

    Live too far to commute?

    These hotels are all within five minutes of Cuppa Pulp:

    NOTE: Nyack, New York, which has terrific restaurants and a local arts scene, is 10 minutes away.

    Questions? Contact Lorraine.

    Writing Family, Understanding Self

    Memoir is the art of exploring the self. In some respects, the self can only be fully understood in terms of the family. In a great family memoir, we take what we inherit from the family tapestry—love, truths, myths, damage, prejudices, passions, strengths—and pluck and weave the threads that both explain and define our identity.

    In this workshop, participants will learn to identify and gather key moments and influences in their lives and family histories and organize them around an intergenerational theme or pressing personal question strong enough to propel the writing of a satisfying memoir.

    Then they will learn how to structure their story, creating depth by drawing from the present and past with precision and clarity. They will learn to:

    • Select imagery from pictures or memory to write the strongest opening scene
    • Find the question that rests at the center of their family experience
    • Explore the use of incident and consciousness shifts to keep the middle of the memoir flowing
    • Identify their story’s master insight
    • Arrive at the resolution of their story, which is not necessarily redemption
    • Reference the imagery from the opening to choose a closing scene
    • Tie their story as much as possible into the larger cultural conversation

    What to bring:

    • Several family photographs that hold an emotional charge for you, even if you’re not sure why.

Previous appearances are listed on the Past Events and Appearances page.