Lorraine’s Events and Appearances

Questions on any workshops or other events? Contact Lorraine.

Thursday, June 22, 2023
In-person event

Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m.

Corona City Reading Series
Meet the Authors: Corona City

Offered at Lee Memorial Library, Allendale, NJ
Cost: Free
Register here

Meet The Authors: Corona City

Join Lorraine Ash, editor of Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter, and learn the story behind this anthology, which started online locally during lockdown and grew to win three international awards and raise money to feed the hungry.

Meet six Bergen County writers who will read their work from this groundbreaking enterprise and sign books.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature. $25 cash or check only. Sale of one book funds 250 meals.

No purchase necessary.

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.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 workshop
Online via Zoom

Thursday, September 28, 2023
(6 p.m.)

Book Publicity That Makes Sense/Cents
Offered for the Montclair Write Group

Book Publicity That Makes Sense/Cents

Learn about myriad types of publicity from reviews, digital ads, and book signings to reader reviews, podcast interviews, media outreach, and more. We’ll also tackle the big questions—whether to hire a publicist, converting awareness to sales, and what actually works in the age of the Internet.

For the Zoom link to the presentation and more information about the Montclair Write Group, .

Friday–Sunday, November 17–19, 2023 workshop
Online via four Zoom Sessions

Friday–Sunday, November 17–19, 2023
(7 p.m.–9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–noon Saturday; 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday)

The Story Gatherers Present*
Finding the Self in the Social Fabric

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

Finding the Self in the Social Fabric

As human beings, we evolve in relationship to our tribes and cultures and the places we have been. Memoirists who know this excel at their craft. In this workshop, you will write scenes and segments of your life story that explore how different contexts have shaped your sense of dignity and belonging. Perfect to jump-start the work of beginners and deepen that of advanced writers.

[Lorraine will address the role of place and milieu (social environment) in the formation of the self, including the landscape where you grew up—your town and your neighborhood and its components.

* 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.


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