Lorraine’s Events and Appearances

Questions on any workshops or other events? Contact Lorraine.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 │ SNOW DATE: Saturday, February 18, 2023
In-person event


Saturday, February 11, 2023
(time to be announced)

How to Publish Your Memoir

Offered at Boonton Book Fest 2023, Boonton, NJ
Cost: Free

How to Publish Your Memoir

Now that you’ve finished your magnum opus, your second job begins—learning the different publishing business models and the pros and cons of each. All can be excellently executed and one isn’t inherently better than another. Authors need only choose which model best fits their goals and needs. You’ll also learn the role of distribution and publicity in the life of your published book.

Plans for the book festival are being finalized. For more information about the festival, including participating as an author, or .

Friday–Sunday, February 24–26, 2023 workshop
Online via four Zoom Sessions

Friday–Sunday, February 24–26, 2023
(7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–noon Saturday; 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday)

The Self and the Social Fabric: Writing Stories to Heal a Divided Age

Offered through The Center at Mariandale, Ossining, NY
Cost: $150 (covers all sessions)
Register and pay here.

(Participants will get a Zoom invitation to the presentations)

The Self and the Social Fabric: Writing Stories to Heal a Divided Age

The popularity of memoir gives us all permission to tell our stories. In this workshop we’ll look at how these stories relate to the groups we live in and among. Memoirists, citizen journalists, family historians, and group storytellers will learn techniques to tell compelling narratives of collective experiences—stories that draw forth commonalities and promote mutual and self understanding. We’ll also explore the healing potential of these stories in a contentious age.

[Lorraine’s copresenters are Jerry Waxler (The Memoir Revolution) and Jennifer Lader (Six Word Lessons for Writing Your Community’s Story), two Pennsylvania authors. As a threesome, they are billed as The Story Gatherers.]

For more information, or contact Lorraine Ash.

Friday–Sunday, July 28–30, 2023 workshop
In-person retreat

Friday–Sunday, July 28–30, 2023
(5 p.m. Friday–1 p.m. Sunday)

Writing a Memoir Portrait

Offered through The Center at Mariandale, Ossining, NY
Cost: $280 (all inclusive)
Register and pay here.

Writing a Memoir Portrait

In a memoir portrait a writer focuses on another person they knew—sometimes a famous figure, oftentimes a family member or someone else in their sphere. Portraits are not biographies; objectivity is not the point. Instead others are presented through the writer’s eyes. You’ll learn to craft a portrait that reveals key truths about the person you choose, your world, and life itself. Come ready to write.

You will have time to enjoy the pool and Mariandale’s lovely sixty-one acres of land overlooking the Hudson River. You will stay in a private, air-conditioned guest room with shared bathrooms. All meals are included. The retreat begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday.

For more information, or contact Lorraine Ash.


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