Lost Lit | Creative Writing Workshops | Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event!

    Lost Lit and the New York Writers Coalition have teamed up to bring you a special writing workshop
    that’s part of the great lineup of Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Events. The workshop is designed to
    help you connect to your authentic writing voice and develop a writing life that works for you.

    Workshops will be lead by Lynne Connor of Lost Lit and Aaron Zimmerman of NY Writers Coalition.
    Through writing, discussion, and concrete exercises, participants will leave with a deeper understanding
    of their own goals and mission as an artist and writer. This workshop is open to anyone interested in
    greater creativity, self-expression, and commitment to their own writing life. No prior writing experience
    required, and writers of all genres and backgrounds are welcome.

    Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

    Grumpy Bert
    82 Bond St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Admission: FREE!




    Lost Lit is thrilled to host Lit Crawl Brooklyn again, making this our second year of literary
    fun and frolic. With Remy the Pug as this year’s program inspiration, he will be in attendance
    and invites his furry and human friends to partake in what’s sure to be a ruff rough reading!
      We all have something to bark about. Some louder than others. From the canine
      furry variety, to the non-furry, naked, human kind. Join us for a special reading
      where Tim Barker, Lynne Connor, Wynne Kontos, Theresa Navarro, Regina Porter
      and Charissa Townsend will honor all things ruff rough.

        Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

        Time: 5:00pm – 5:45pm Reading

        Grumpy Bert
        82 Bond St.
        Brooklyn, NY 11217

        Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)


      TIM BARKER is an actor/voice over artist who resides with his wife Tracy in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
      Sights & sounds of his work can be found at Barksound.com Much thanks to Lynne and Lost Lit
      for the opportunity to discover unchartered territory in the land of paper and pen! 

      LYNNE CONNOR, a Korean adoptee transplant from New Jersey calls herself a writer. She received
      her M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College and has been published in the Asian American literary
      journal, Kartika Review, as well as Adoption Today Magazine. Currently, Lynne has a love hate
      relationship with her memoir ABANDON ME and hopes to return to her YA fiction manuscript that’s
      been patiently waiting for attention. In the meantime, Lynne is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists
      affiliate leading creative writing workshops through Lost Lit. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her
      husband, Grumpy Bert and furry son Remy-the-Pug. Twitter: @LostLitBrooklyn Instagram: remythepug

      WYNNE KONTOS is a Midwestern native who arrived in NYC sitting on a cooler as a middle seat in a two-person U-Haul. She is a licensed Masters-level social worker in the South Bronx, a macaroni and
      cheese aficionado, fashion junky, friend hanger-outter, avid reader and a poor organizer of closets.
      Wynne has been a writer for as long as she can remember. She was the recipient of an honorable
      mention in poetry at Purdue University’s Indiana writing contest, and was published in “Love Sick:
      Growing Up With a Parent Who Has Cancer.” She has done poetry readings in Indiana, but this is her
      first memoir reading so she thanks you for your patience. Look for Wynne & Fezziwig online on the
      following platforms: Twitter: @wynneisdinner Blog: wynnealisonnyc.tumblr.com Instagram: WhenKnots

      Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, THERESA NAVARRO moved from the island of O’ahu to
      the island of Manhattan to produce and promote multi-platform independent storytelling. Now based in Brooklyn, her current projects focus on youth-centered community engagement initiatives with partners
      like HBO, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011,
      Theresa was featured as one of 15 Asian Pacific American Women Leaders for her work in promoting the media arts. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Riverside, and completed
      her graduate work at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. As an independent film actress and producer, her recent credits include YES, WE’RE OPEN (CAAMFEST ’12), DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (South by Southwest ’12), the upcoming sci-fi feminist feature film ADVANTAGEOUS, and the feature-length sports documentary 9-MAN, which will be playing as part of Stranger Than Fiction Docs at the IFC Center this Tuesday, May 20.
      Twitter: @theresaxtine

      REGINA PORTER is an award-winning writer whose works have been presented at Playwrights Horizons,
      The Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Woolly Mammoth Theater, and Horizons Theater Company. Ms. Porter has received commissions from The Women’s Project, The Actor’s Theater of
      Louisville, and Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. Her plays have been anthologized in Plays from
      Woolly Mammoth by Broadway and Heinemann’s Scenes For Women by Women, and her writing has
      been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History & Criticism by University of
      Alabama Press. Ms. Porter recently completed her first novel.

      CHARISSA TOWNSEND is a native Detroiter by way of Chicago, but currently calls Brooklyn home. She’s
      held different job titles in the nonprofit field where she’s learned a lot about the human experience from different racial, economic, social and emotional perspectives. These hilarious, sad, and amazing
      perspectives make up the characters in her fictional stories, inspire her poems and are the motivation
      behind her forthcoming novel. Twitter: @GrimeyGorgeous Blog: griefgrimegorgeous.blogspot.com

LIT CRAWL BROOKLYN: Call For Submissions

    We’re so excited to be a part of Lit Crawl Brooklyn again! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 17, 2014. But before then, chew on this. Since we wanted a creative way to include the local writing community, we decided to have an impromptu CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Here’s your chance to not only be a spectator of Lit Crawl Brooklyn, but to actually BE in it. Don’t you want your voice, your story, echoed and reverberated throughout the literary universe? I thought so! Submit your creative writing piece for a chance to win that coveted spot. The program description is as follows:

        RUFF ROUGH
        We all have something to bark about. Some louder than others. From the canine furry variety, to the non-furry, naked, human kind. Join us for a special reading where we honor all things ruff rough.

      • Must fit into the theme Ruff Rough. It’s completely up to you how literal or non-literal you interpret it.
      • Must be a creative writing piece meant to be read aloud. This includes: a short story, a novel excerpt, personal essay, memoir excerpt, poem/s. (Sorry-no plays, screen plays)
      • Maximum length of piece must fit into a 7min. time slot when read aloud.
      • How to submit: Email lynne (at) lostlit.com as a PDF or MS Word document by deadline.
      DEADLINE: Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:00am (midnight).
      • Notification: All submissions will be responded to. Final winners will be notified on
      Sat. April 19, 2014.

Lost Lit part of Amherst Writers & Artists 92Y Event

    You’re cordially invited to the Amherst Writers & Artists 92Y Event Writing As A Spiritual Practice.
    Honoring AWA founder Pat Schneider and the Amherst Writers & Artists method, featuring Sapphire,
    and thanks to Event Director Valerie Ann Leff, it’s a writing event not to be missed!


    Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

    12:30pm – 9:30pm (All Day event)
    7:30pm – 9:30pm (Evening event)

    Place: 92nd Street Y
    1395 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10128

    $145. (All Day Event) REGISTER HERE
    $29. (Evening Event) REGISTER HERE

    Workshops lead by: Lynne Connor of Lost Lit, Aaron Zimmerman of NY Writers Coalition, Bisi Ideraabdullah
    of Women of Color Writers Workshop, Maureen Buchanan Jones of Writing at Full Tilt, Susan Turk and
    Mary Tuchscherer.

    Film screening: Award-winning documentary, Tell Me Something I Can’t Forget, with Pat Schneider

    Panel: Writing in prisons, homeless shelters and hospitals, featuring Pat Schneider, Aaron Zimmerman, Bisi Ideraabdullah and Karen Buchinsky, moderated by Valerie Ann Leff.

    Evening event: With a special introduction by Sapphire, Pat Schneider will read and discuss her latest book, 
    Writing as a Spiritual Practice: How the Light Gets In. Book signing and reception to follow.


    ***UPDATE: (as of Fri. May 16, 2014) This event is officially SOLD OUT. If you’d still like
    to attend, email lynne (at) lostlit.com to be placed on a wait list.***

    Lost Lit is thrilled to team up with Land of Gazillion Adoptees to bring you a unique spin on discussing adoption and its many shades of grey. Featured guests intimately invested in the adoption community will use the letter format to express their point of view. It’s our hope that with the co-mingling of these diverse voices, a new/different perspective about adoption will emerge for all attendees.

    Featuring: David Amarel, Martha Crawford, Lynne Connor, Kathryn Joyce, Joy Lieberthal, James Lane, Andy Marra and John Sanvidge. Kevin Vollmers, the mastermind behind Land of Gazillion Adoptees, will emcee the night.

    BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! We want the audience to be fully engaged and involved in this discussion. After the presentations, there will be time for everyone to write their own letter to someone or a group of people and then have the chance to read their letter aloud. Since the act of writing and reading your thoughts aloud on such a loaded topic (adoption) can be intimidating, paralyzing even, we invite audience members to write their letters at home (yeah like HW), bring them in and then volunteer to read the letter aloud. OR, there will be an option to place letters in a real time mail box to be read aloud by one of the presenters.

    When: Wed. May 28, 2014
    7:00pm – 8:30pm Reading
    8:30pm – 9:30pm Reception

    Grumpy Bert
    82 Bond St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)
    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Email lynne (at) lostlit.com & provide:
    *First/ Last name
    *Email/ Phone #
    *If you’re bringing a guest (limit to +1)
    *Adoption affiliation & OR why you’d like to attend
    *How you found out about this event.
    Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received.

    DAVID AMAREL is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. David has received over ten years immersive training in adoptive parenting from Eli (In Beom) and Lucy (Sunghee). Along with his wife, Martha Crawford, the family of four resides in Brooklyn Heights. David and Martha are columnists for Gazillion Voices magazine as well as co-founders of SubText Consultation, a clinic and consultation service for writers.

    LYNNE CONNOR, a Korean adoptee transplant from New Jersey, calls herself a writer. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Mills College and has been published in the Asian American literary journal, Kartika Review, as well as Adoption Today Magazine. Currently, Lynne has a love hate relationship with her memoir ABANDON ME and hopes to return to her YA fiction manuscript that’s been patiently waiting for attention. In the meantime, Lynne is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists affiliate leading creative writing workshops through Lost Lit. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Grumpy Bert and furry son Remy-the-Pug.

    MARTHA CRAWFORD is a psychotherapist, with a generalist private practice in NYC for the past 20 years, and writing coach. She is an adoptive parent to two children born in Korea. She and her husband David with the help of several other committed adoptive parents and adult adoptees, founded All Together Now – an adoptee-centered support group for adopted children and their families. Martha and David are adoptive parent columnists at Gazillion Voices magazine and she is author of the blog What A Shrink Thinks. 

    KATHRYN JOYCE is a journalist and author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption and Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Nation, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, The Atlantic and many other publications.

    JAMES LANE is a late discovery adoptee, internet media professional, political activist and heavy metal bassist. His current titles include: Adoption Survival Coach, Healing House Publishing ; VP of Client Solutions, Xaxis; Founder, Hot Indie Media; Editor-in-Chief, Hot Indie News; Music Director, M3 Radio; State Committee Member, Green Party of New York; National Diversity Committee Member, Green Party of the United States; Founder, Green Party Adoption Reform; Bassist, Black Dawn. James learned about his adoption at the age of 23 after both of his parents had died within months of each other, but due to laws preventing access to original birth certificates for adoptees it took him 25 years to find his mother last year. He is now using the energy of his reunion to fight for adoption reform so nobody else experiences the trauma that he and his mother had to experience for 48 years.

    JOY LIEBERTHAL is a social worker and private clinician in New York. She works primarily with kids and young adults who are adopted. She is also a counselor at The Juilliard School in Manhattan. Joy is adopted from South Korea. She has been in reunion with her birthmother since 1994. She is the author of the blog Adoption Echoes.

    ANDY MARRA is the Communications Manager for the Arcus Foundation, a private grantmaking institution dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Prior to Arcus, she was the Public Relations Manager at GLSEN. Previously, she was Co-Director of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development and Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD. Andy has also served on boards and advisory councils, including Chinese for Affirmative Action, Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, the National Campaign to End the Korean War, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Andy has been honored by the White House for her contributions to the LGBT movement, profiled in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40″ and the inaugural Trans 100, and listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People.” 

    JOHN C. SANVIDGE was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted at four and a half months. He was raised in Troy, NY along with his two other adopted siblings. He received his BFA in Film/Video from the School of Visual Arts and is currently a freelance editor who has worked for A&E, Spike, Animal Planet, National Geographic Wild, and Biography, among others. In 2003, he decided to begin his documentary called, “Finding Seoul.” In 2013 he was able to finish the film. He currently
    resides in NYC.

    KEVIN HAEBEOM VOLLMERS is the founder of Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC (LGA), a multimedia company based out of Minneapolis, MN. He is also the co-editor of Gazillion Voices magazine, and the publisher of: Parenting As Adoptees; The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist; Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace; and Hank Aaron’s Daughter. Much of his work focuses on the intersectionality between adoption, race, culture, identity, performance, art, politics, and social movement. He has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN, Colorlines, Racialicious, Hyphen, and the Daily Beast. Kevin lives in Minneapolis with his two kids.

Downtown Brooklyn PRIDE!

What a way to celebrate Lost Lit’s 6-month anniversary of being open! Andrea, a contributing writer for Downtown Brooklyn, took a virtual interview we had through email and produced THIS! I have such admiration for journalist’s ability to spin magic! To be concise, yet still tap into the emotional core of the piece. Don’t take my word for it. Read it for yourself. I’d take a Lost Lit Workshop if uh, I wasn’t running them.


Lost Lit’s NEW Logo!

Lost Lit_final Logo_RGB Dun-dun-de-dunnnn! Here she is–Lost Lit’s new logo. Isn’t she absolutely…beautiful? I’m still in awe and wonderment at the whole design process. I worked with the dynamic married couple duo of Samantha and Owen Troy of Design Des Troy. They’re based in San Francisco but with email it was effortless to work together. From the beginning, all I knew was that Lost Lit needed a logo that in one glimpse captured it’s identity, it’s heartbeat, its soul. I gave Samantha and Owen a long rambly soliloquy of what I considered Lost Lit to be. I talked about the image of the card catalog capturing the feeling I was going for–very nostalgic, an honoring of the past and things that may seem lost: memories, feelings, stories but through my writing workshops I hoped to bring them to light. To free them from the darkness. And to truly celebrate voices that were waiting and needing to be heard. Then I threw in my design aesthetic (that I picked up from all my hours of watching HGTV)–Vintage/ French Country/ Hollywood Regency with a touch of Contemporary and a smidge of Industrial. I was very clear on what I didn’t want: no images of books, typewriters, pens, hand writing with pen. Basically I didn’t want to rely on over wrought, abused images that are usually associated with literature and writing. I didn’t want to be a cliche. What I couldn’t articulate was exactly what I DID want. A clear design direction. I was lost in Lost Lit’s own visual identity. But with the help of Samantha and Owen, we turned a conceptual, muddied feeling into something concrete. Something attainable. A work of art really. And I can’t tell you how proud I feel every time I look at the Lost Lit logo. I am eternally grateful to Samantha and Owen for their patience, guidance and design genius. If you are looking for help with your own logo or any aspect of your business identity (from business cards, signage, etc) or in your personal life (from wedding invitations to baby announcements), you get the picture–I can’t sing their praises loud enough! Their website is: http://design.des-troy.com and their twitter handle is @designdestroy.


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