Lost Lit | Creative Writing Workshops | Brooklyn, NY

Teen Writing Workshop

      Lost Lit is thrilled to have Kathy Moore, a beloved Lost Lit veteran, lead a special 4-week, Teen Writing Workshop.
      CALLING ALL TEENS (ages 14-17)
      For the first time ever, we’re offering Lost Lit’s Get Lit style workshop just for you! This creative writing workshop is the farthest thing from school you can imagine. No homework! No 5-paragraph essay structure or thesis statement or grammar police. Think Summer camp without leaving your own backyard. Without the cheesy team building, ice breaker games. Without the cliques and longing to fit in. In this workshop-you will write! There will be scrumptious snacks. And hopefully, you will have fun!

      Here’s what will happen in every workshop. You’ll be given writing prompts meant to stimulate one or more of the five senses. We write together for a timed amount of time (anywhere between 5-15min). We come back as a group and voluntarily share our writing. By applying the Amherst Writers & Artists method, all feedback with will be treated like fiction, supportive and positive. There is no room for criticism. This method will allow your authentic writer’s voice to emerge, will dare you to go deep into memory, scene and your unconscious. You will walk away with a ton of new, raw writing and a newfound confidence that you are, without a shadow of a doubt, a writer.

        Date: Thurs. afternoons, July 13-August 3, 2017
        (7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3/17)
        Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
        Place: Grumpy Bert – 82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
        Fee: $200. REGISTER HERE
        *DISCLAIMER: No refunds or make up date.

      KATHY MOORE is a born teacher, a writer and literature lover. She has a BA in French Literature from Cornell University and an MA in TESOL from Hunter College. As part of her graduate work at Hunter, she specialized in teaching writing to K-12th grade students. She has taught English as a Second Language in the New York City public school system for the past ten years. Last year, she had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with a group of high school students and mentored them in writing blog posts about their experience. In addition to working with the K-12 population, she also teaches in The School of Continuing Education at Hunter College. In 2014, Kathy found Lost Lit, which not only ignited her passion for writing, but had her fall head over heels in love with the Amherst Writers & Artists method. She is now certified as an Amherst Writers & Artists Workshop Leader and is excited to introduce NYC’s teen audience to this magical and transformative way of writing.

Mother ME Reading Videos

Mother ME Reading

    In an ode to Mother’s Day, Lost Lit is thrilled to curate the Mother ME Reading on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Join twelve extremely talented women writers and one superb man, as they define or reject the role of Mother, the label of Mom, the relationship, the responsibility, the darkness and the unparalleled joys that go along with it.

    FEATURING: (listed alphabetically by last name) Shavonne Bell, Anna Chapman, Lynne Connor, Erin Ferencik, Burke Gerstenschlager, Amanda Hirsch, JP Howard, Marcia Howard, Kathryn Jergovich, Nadia Keshodkar, Kathy Moore, Devin Preston and Taryn Rothstein.

      Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reading)
      8:30pm – 9:30pm (Reception)
      Place: Grumpy Bert,
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE (Donations greatly appreciated)

Call For Submissions-Mother ME Stories

    The role of Mother, the label of Mom, the relationship, the responsibility and the unparalleled joys that go along with it. We are remembering it all as an ode to Mother’s Day. We hope you’ll be able to join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 as Lost Lit presents the Mother ME Reading.

    But first, we need your stories! Whether it’s about your Mother (living, gone or passed on) or you’re a new Mother yourself. We want to know what the word Mother means to you. And how Mother’s Day is either celebrated and honored or emotionally triggering and dreaded. Submit your short story, personal essay, novel or memoir excerpt for a chance to participate in the Mother ME Reading! Thanks for considering.

      • Must fit the Mother ME 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 Saturday May 6, 2017 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: (extended!) Thurs. April 27, 2017, by 11:59pm.
      • Notification: All submissions will be responded to. Final winners will be notified shortly after deadline.

Mother Loss Writing Workshop

    Lost Lit & NYC Motherless Daughters
    presents: A special one day event on Mother Loss.
    We all process the grief and loss of our mothers in different ways. Whether the loss is recent, whether it happened years ago, grief can be ever present, pulsing just behind our retinas or be triggered at the most unexpected and unwelcome times. In this workshop, we will use the tool of writing, the art of storytelling and the excavation of memories to work through our grief. To give voice to our feelings, to process our feelings and to make sense of it all.

    What to Expect?
    Lynne Connor, a writer, owner of Lost Lit and motherless daughter, will lead the workshop by offering writing prompts specifically targeted to Motherloss. We will write together for a timed amount of time. Then come back together as a group to share our newly produced writing. All the feedback will incorporate the Amherst Writers & Artists method, which treats all writing shared as fiction and only allows positive, supportive responses. Lynne will ask the group: what stays with them? What did they love? What do they remember. The combination of writing, reading their work aloud and receiving positive feedback is guaranteed to be a healing, magical experience. We hope you’ll join us.

    Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

    Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

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

    Fee: $50. (one-day) REGISTER HERE

    *DISCLAIMER: No refunds or make up date.

Taiwan in the Trump Era – Ed Lin & Shawna Yang Ryan Reading

    On Saturday, February 18, 2017, please join Lost Lit for our first Literary event of the year! We’re showcasing two incredibly talented writers: Ed Lin and Shawna Yang Ryan, as they present their recently released new books, INCENSED and GREEN ISLAND, respectively. Join us for a special reading and lively panel talk about Taiwan in the Trump Era, moderated by Professor Jack Tchen. Afterwards we’ll have an intimate reception where you can personally chat with the writers and get copies of their books signed.

      Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
      Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reading)
      8:30pm – 9:30pm (Reception)
      Place: Grumpy Bert
      82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
      Admission: FREE (Donations greatly appreciated)
    RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP HERE! Seat not guaranteed until email confirmation received from Eventbrite. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!
      ED LIN, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is
      the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and
      is an all-around standup kinda guy. His latest book, INCENSED, a
      Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in October.
      Follow him at edlinforpresident.com and on twitter @robertchow.

      SHAWNA YANG RYAN teaches in the Creative Writing Program
      at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the author of
      WATER GHOSTS and GREEN ISLAND, which was an Amazon
      Best Book of February 2016. In 2015, she was the recipient of the
      Elliot Cades Emerging Writer Award. Follow her at
      shawnayangryan.com and on twitter @shawnayangryan.

      JACK TCHEN is the founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Studies Program & Institute at New York University & part of the original founding faculty of the Depart. of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU, where he currently still teaches. Jack co-founded the Museum of Chinese in America in 1979-80. He is the author of several books on Chinatown, including “New York before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882” & “Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown, 1895-1905.” He is the co-author of “Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear.”

Brooklyn Book Festival 2016

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    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert are thrilled to be apart of the Brooklyn Book Festival for our 4th year in a row! Not only will we be representing a tiny sampling of art zines and books at a booth (tbd) on the big Book Festival Day, we’re hosting THREE official Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Events! See details below!

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    Lost Lit is proud to welcome Leland Cheuk, Marie
    Myung-Ok Lee, Sally Kim & Ayesha Pande, with Ed Lin
    moderating, as they dissect the question of the invisible
    minorities in publishing. DETAILS HERE!

    Tues. Sept. 13 – LOST IN SPACE Talk
    Come & get lost at Grumpy Bert’s as we travel through
    space & time for an out of this world discussion.

    Wed. Sept. 14 – ENTER MY BELLY Panel
    Who’s hungry? Grumpy Bert is proud to offer
    another Enter My Belly, Food Talk!

    Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert will be sharing a table at the
    Brooklyn Book Festival! Come by and say Hi!

      Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
      Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
      209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
      Fee: FREE
      Full schedule, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.