Lost Lit | Creative Writing Workshops | Brooklyn, NY


Call for Submissions: Lost in Space Stories

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    Who wants to get Lost in Space with us? Save the date for Thursday, June 18, 2015, when Lost Lit presents a special Literary Reading that takes inspiration from the current Grumpy Bert Art Show titled Lost in Space. We had so much fun putting out an open Call for Submissions for our Ex.Stories Reading that we’re ready to do it again!

    We want, need, crave your LOST IN SPACE stories. In keeping with Lost Lit’s mission, we are only interested in human, earthly, grounded stories. We’re most intrigued to see how the physical body travels through space and time. As well as mapping out the character’s psychological and emotional journey. In other words, let’s save the science fiction, fantasy, outer space aliens and monsters for the artwork. And fill the reading lineup with humans on earth, very tied-to-reality, emotional stories. Thanks for considering.

      SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
      • Must fit the Lost in Space description above.
      • Must be a story-fiction or creative non fiction. (sorry no poetry)
      • Maximum length of story must fit into a 5min. time slot when read aloud. (about 5pg max)
      • You must be available to read your story aloud at the Literary Reading on Thurs. June 18, 2015 at Grumpy Bert’s.
      • How to submit story: Email lynne (at) lostlit.com as a PDF or MS Word document attachment by deadline. In email, please introduce yourself. Who you are and how you found out about the Call for Submissions.
      DEADLINE: Friday, June 5, 2015, by 12:00am (midnight).
      • Notification: All submissions will be responded to. Final winners will be notified shortly after deadline.


Ex.Stories Reading

*SPECIAL NOTE: (as of Feb. 2nd) This event is SOLD OUT! If you’d like to be put on the wait list see below.

    Literary Reading & Art Exhibition – Sat. February 7, 2015
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    On Saturday, February 7, 2015, in an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration, Lost Lit & Grumpy Bert
    will present Ex.Stories, a special, Literary Reading and Art Show Opening. Come hear true, real-life
    stories about the Ex. Not any Ex., but THE EX. that changed the direction of the reader’s life.
    That made or shaped that person into someone different. That left an imprint in some huge way,
    that no other person has. Or will.

    We’ll laugh. We’ll cry. We’ll hear stories that leave impressions on our hearts even if it’s the reader’s
    heart that’s broken.

    Featuring: Erin Ferencik, Wynne Kontos, Jessica Kashiwabara, Kim Liao, Richard Louissaint,
    Kathy Moore, Kate Perry, Nicole Reinhardt, David Rosenberg, Sarah Rosenthal, Adam Shapiro.

      EVENT DETAILS:
      Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
      Time: 7:00pm Reading (Reception to follow)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)

    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com & provide:

      *First/ Last name
      *Email/ Phone #
      *If you’re bringing a guest: First/ Last name (limit to +1) and
      *How you found out about this event.

    Seat not guaranteed until confirmation email received. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!

    WRITER BIOS:
    ERIN FERENCIK studied English literature and creative writing at Fordham University.  She’s relishing the opportunity to work through her personal problems under the guise of art.

    JESSICA KASHIWABARA is a web editor at Poets & Writers. She has written for Spin.com, the Amsterdam News, and on mental health for the Child Mind Institute, and hopes to publish poetry and creative work soon. This is her first reading in New York City.

    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,avid reader and a poor organizer of closets. Wynne 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 performed at literary events in Indiana, and with Lost Lit for the Brooklyn Lit Crawl. Look for Wynne & her scottish terrier Fezziwig online on the following platforms: @wynneisdinner, lovenyinstant.tumblr.com, and WhenKnots (Instagram).

    KIM LIAO was a 2010-2011 Taiwan Creative Arts Fulbright Scholar and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her creative nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, Fourth River, and Fringe Magazine, and her book reviews have appeared in Ploughshares and Redivider. She lives in Brooklyn with her pet umbrella tree plant.

    RICHARD LOUISSAINT is a working videographer and photographer in New York. He is A former music journalist who eventually received his MFA in Creative Writing only to abandon it to the camera. He hopes to make amends with that decision.

    KATHY MOORE was born and raised in Brooklyn, where she still lives and works. She studied French literature at Cornell University and has an MA in TESOL from Hunter College. She is indebted to the Lost Lit workshops at Grumpy Bert for providing inspiration, support and snacks on many Wednesday nights.

    NICOLE REINHARDT studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and works at Poets & Writers, Inc. She was born in the Rockaways and now lives further inland. She’s read at the Dead Poets Slam and Brooklyn Poets Yawp. And now for something completely different…

    DAVID ROSENBERG grew up in Louisville, escaped to NYC, migrated to Miami and ran back to Brooklyn. He once broke up with a girl because she’d never heard of Groucho. Learn more about him at: davidrosenberg.dunked.com.

    SARAH ROSENTHAL works in advertising by day and writes nonfiction and poetry by night. She runs a blog called Let’s Eat Our Feelings and her work has been featured in SpliceLit and I Want You To See This Before I Leave Zine, where she was the featured author in the December 2014 issue. When she’s not writing she can be found cooking, baking, knitting, and bingewatching. She lives in Brooklyn.

    ADAM SHAPIRO is a Masters candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University and is pursuing a career in education policy. A former lawyer and banking consultant, Adam is pretty sure this new career will be awesome, but wants to keep a hand in the writing biz just in case. Adam is an alumni of the Lost Lit writing workshops where he has enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow writers in a wonderful space.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Ex.Stories

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    On Saturday, February 7, 2015, in an homage to Valentine’s Day, Grumpy Bert & Lost Lit are planning a not-to-be-missed, Art Show & Reading titled Ex.Stories. But, since we’re all about community, we want your stories! Here’s our CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS announcement!

    We’re looking for true, real-life stories about the Ex. Not any Ex., but THE EX. that changed the direction of your life. That made you, or shaped you into a different person. That imprinted you in some huge way, that no other person has. Or will. Since this is called Ex.Stories, we are looking for a complete story to be read aloud. You’re a writer. You know what that means. Beginning, middle, end. Woo us. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Let your story leave an impression on our hearts even if it’s your heart that’s broken.

      SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
      • Must fit the Ex.Stories description above.
      • Must be your true-life story, using creative writing craft
      • Maximum length of story must fit into a 6min. time slot when read aloud.
      • You must be available to read your story aloud at the Literary Reading on Sat. Feb. 7, 2015 at Grumpy Bert’s.
      • How to submit story: Email lynne (at) lostlit.com as a PDF or MS Word document by deadline.
      DEADLINE: Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:00am (midnight).
      • Notification: All submissions will be responded to. Final winners will be notified on Tues. January 27, 2015.


Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event!

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    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.
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    Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

    Place:
    Grumpy Bert
    82 Bond St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Admission: FREE!
    Space is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE

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LIT CRAWL BROOKLYN-RUFF ROUGH

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    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!
      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 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

        Place:
        Grumpy Bert
        82 Bond St.
        Brooklyn, NY 11217

        Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)

      PRESENTERS BIOS:

      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

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    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.

      SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
      • 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

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    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!

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    Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

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

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

    Admission:
    $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.

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