Lost Lit | Creative Writing Workshops | Brooklyn, NY


Food Writing Workshop

    LOST LIT is beyond thrilled to invite special guests, Kim Liao and Sarah Rosenthal to co-lead a one day workshop on the mouth watering topic of food.

    Unlocking Memoir Through the Senses

      In this one-day workshop course, we will use food writing as an access point to explore culture, family, memory, and identity. Writing about food can also help us to access the sensory details that make writing come to life, especially taste, smell, and touch. For writers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience, we will draw from cultural touch points of all kinds—memoirs, food blogs, travel writing, recipes, restaurant reviews—to help you access and generate your own effective writing inspired by food. Specifically, we examine how writing about food prompts explorations of memory, family, and one’s own sense of self.
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      What to Expect?
      Through a variety of prompts throughout the workshop, you’ll be guided to write and generate new material, which you have the option to share and gain feedback for continuation or revision. We’ll also analyze excerpts of successful food memoirs and effective food writing, discuss venues for pitching and publishing food writing, and share resources to connect with a larger community of editors and writers.

      Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016

      Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm

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

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

      *DISCLAIMER: No refunds or make up date.

      About us
      As two professional writers and editors who have gained valuable experience in different facets of the food industry—as well as being avid home cooks—we have assembled the best of our resources to share our love of food writing and harness the power of this sensory-focused genre of writing. Our essays and stories have been published in a variety of print and digital platforms, blogs, and magazines, and we can’t wait to share our love of food writing with you.

      BIOS
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      KIM LIAO was a 2010-­2011 Taiwan Fulbright Research Fellow, and
      has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received her MFA at
      Emerson College, and her creative nonfiction has appeared or is
      forthcoming in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, River Teeth, Another Chicago Magazine,
      Fourth River, Hippocampus, Cha: A Journal of Asian Literature, Fringe,
      and others. She is currently finishing her first book, My Formosa, a
      family memoir and adventure story.

      SARAH ROSENTHAL works in advertising by day and writes by
      night. In the past, she worked in print and digital cookbook
      publishing. Her writing has been featured on The Toast and
      Splicelit, and she has participated in many readings through
      Lost Lit. She lives in Brooklyn, and is an alumna of Bard College
      and the Columbia Publishing Course.


    Santa Remy Claus

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      This year we’re excited to present Santa Remy Claus! Instead of getting a boring, generic picture with Santa, come to Grumpy Bert’s and have Santa sit on your lap! This special photo op. is happening Sunday, December 6th and 13th between 10am-12pm. Humans and furry friends are invited and welcome!

        EVENT DETAILS:
        Date: Sunday, Dec. 6th and 13th, 2015
        Time: 10:00am – 12pm
        Place: Grumpy Bert
        82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
        Fee: FREE! (donations welcome)


    NaNoWriMo Write-In Events

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      Lost Lit is thrilled to partner with The Artsy Fartsy Show to honor November, which is National Novel Writing Month. Together we’ll be hosting TWO (yes 2!) NaNoWriMo Write-In Events. What’s a Write-In Event? Bring your laptop (plenty of outlets available) or notebook/ pen and generate lots of writing in a supportive, warm environment. This way you won’t feel so alone banging out the next great American novel, that memoir that’s burning a hole in your gut. A script. Or even that adventure, mystery, romance, dystopian YA novel that begging to be told. So join Lost Lit & The Artsy Fartsy Show’s Write-In Events on Tues. November 17th and Tues. November 24th from 7-9pm at Grumpy Bert’s.

        EVENT DETAILS:
        Date: November 17 & November. 24, 2015
        Time: Tuesday Nights, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
        Place: Grumpy Bert
        82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
        Admission: FREE! (donations welcome)


      RSVP REQUIRED: Since space is limited YOU MUST RSVP HERE. (You’ll be directed to our EventBrite page)

      Since these events are free and we know how many of you would cherish a space and time to write, please RSVP sooner than later. Once we hit our max capacity, it will be SOLD OUT.


    Anniversary Reading

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      LOST LIT & GRUMPY BERT are thrilled to celebrate our 3-year Anniversary Birthday with a combined Lost Lit Literary Reading and Grumpy Bert Group Art Show. On Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:00pm, you’re invited to hear specially chosen Lost Lit writers interpret the word and theme of “Anniversary.” Afterwards, please join the featured Artists in an opening reception where we unite the visual and the literary arts together.

      FEATURED READERS: Lynne Connor, Jessica Kashiwabara, Wynne Kontos, Kim Liao, Kathy Moore, Theresa Navarro, Kate Perry, Sarah Rosenthal, Donna Tallent, & M.S. Zumbach. (See Bio’s below)

      FEATURED ARTISTS: Scott Albrecht, APAK, Shawn Cheng, Dan Goodsell, Ness Lee, Deth P. Sun, Kristen Lui Wong

        EVENT DETAILS:
        Date: Saturday, November 14, 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 HERE! Seat not guaranteed until email confirmation received from Eventbrite. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!

      WRITER BIOS:
      LYNNE CONNOR is a Korean adoptee, NJ transplant, who received her M.F.A. in Creative Non-Fiction from Mills College. She’s been published in Kartika Review, Gazillion Voices Magazine, Adoption Today Magazine, as well as Pact’s POV Newsletter. Currently, Lynne has a love hate relationship with her untitled Memoir and hopes to return to her YA fiction manuscript–someday. 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. Follow her on Twitter: @LostLitBrooklyn and on Instagram: @remythepug.

      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. Jessica is cofounder of the Jasper Collective, an editorial group composed solely of women. She has read for the Jasper Collective, the Unpublished, and this is her second reading with Lost Lit.

      WYNNE KONTOS is a native Midwesterner and currently a New York City resident. She’s a licensed social worker practicing in the South Bronx and the proud owner of Fezziwig, the cutest Scottish Terrier on the East Coast. Her work is featured in the collection, “Love Sick: Growing Up with a Parent Who Has Cancer” and on the site New York Instant. This is her fifth reading with Lost Lit. Follow her on: lovenyinstant.tumblr.com.

      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.

      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.

      THERESA NAVARRO is an interdisciplinary producer, writer, educator. Recent projects include: Emmy-nominated public television series AMERICA REFRAMED; Sundance award winner ADVANTAGEOUS; Filipino American Museum startup FAM; and forthcoming transmedia documentary WITH WINGS & ROOTS. Her work has been featured in Angry Asian Man, Audrey, and Remezcla. She currently lectures at Hunter College. Born/raised in California, Theresa stays in Brooklyn by way of Honolulu. Follow her on twitter: @theresaxtine.

      KATE PERRY is a Brit who has lived in the same house in Boerum Hill longer than she ever lived in England. She has produced television commercials, been a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, hitchhiked thru Kosovo and has not just one but two ex husbands ! She feels she has now mastered marriage with 26 years under her belt. She has been a private writer and thanks to Lost Lit is now a public one.

      SARAH ROSENTHAL works in advertising by day, and writes by night. Her work has appeared in SpliceLit, I Want You to See This Before I Leave Zine, and Outrageous Fortune Magazine. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @sarahmrosenthal. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

      DONNA TALLENT recently wrote a short-form essay about her grandfather that made her grandmother very proud. In high school, Donna wrote poems on gum wrappers and tiny scraps of paper and sent them to her then-boyfriend in the Navy. Now she happily spends her weekends puttering around her Brooklyn apartment with her husband and cat, working on short stories and personal essays. She is somewhat active on Twitter: @linoleumrose.

      M. S. ZUMBACH lives and writes in New York, where she and her husband are outnumbered by the three cats they share their Astoria apartment with. By day, she works with songwriters as a music publisher. She’s grateful to Lost Lit for giving her the (loving!) kick in the pants that she needed to get serious about writing fiction. Zumbach is a native of DFW, Texas, and a Berklee College of Music graduate. Follow her on Twitter: @MalQ1484.


    Brooklyn Book Festival 2015

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      Lost Lit and Grumpy Bert will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival for our 3rd year in a row! Everyone who is anyone knows it’s the biggest Brooklyn literary event of the year. You can find us at booth (#129) where Grumpy Bert will be selling art zines, books and tshirts. And Lost Lit can’t wait to talk to you about writing workshops and lit events in person! Also, Remy-the-Pug will be poised and ready to dole out free kissies! See you there!

      But before then, if you’re free on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at 7pm, swing by the Grumpy Bert shop for an exciting Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event called Enter My Belly: You Are What You Eat! Can you say yum?

        EVENT DETAILS
        Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015
        Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
        Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza
        209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
        Fee: FREE
        Full schedule, visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org.

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    Susan Ito – Solo Performance

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      Lost Lit is thrilled to welcome Susan Ito to the stage! As a young adult, Susan follows an obstacle-filled trail to her birth mother. When she finally meets her, she discovers that some things simply just are genetic. Susan’s one-woman show, with no set and no props, brings to life her dramatic search for the details of her origins and her emotional roller coaster ride in defining love, family and belonging.

      Afterwards, we’ll have time for an intimate Q&A with Susan, as well as a celebratory reception.
      Hope you’ll join us!

        EVENT DETAILS:
        Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
        Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Show)
        8:30-9:30pm (Reception)
        Place: Grumpy Bert
        82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
        Admission:$5. suggested donation

      RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com
      and 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. For the Reception, no RSVP necessary.

      WRITER BIO:
      SUSAN ITO is a biracial Asian adoptee, teacher, and writer. She has served as the director of Pact Camp from 2004 to 2011 and is now Head of Pact’s Adult Adoptee Advisory Board. She is also a board member of Pact, and on the advisory team for the Adoption Museum Project. Her book A Ghost At Heart’s Edge is one of the few literary anthologies focused on all members of the adoption triad. Susan’s solo performance piece on adoption, The Ice Cream Gene, has been performed nationally.

      She is the author of The Mouse Room, a SheBooks mini-memoir and is a creative nonfiction editor at the online literary journal Literary Mama. Her writing has appeared in many publications, Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves,the Kartika Review and elsewhere. She writes and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and in the Creative Nonfiction MFA program at Bay Path University. She lives in Oakland with her husband, two daughters and mother. http://www.susanito.com


    Marie Myung-Ok Lee & Susan Ito Reading/ Talk

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      On Monday, October 12, 2015, please join us for a Special Poets & Writer’s Funded Reading and chat with published Asian American Women Writers and long time friends Marie Myung-Ok Lee and Susan Ito. Marie and Susan will both read from current projects exploring themes of family, identity, health, secrets and love. Afterwards, there will be time for them to catch up in person, talk about the writer’s life and answer audience questions.

        EVENT DETAILS:
        Date: Monday, October 12, 2015
        Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reading)
        8:30pm – 9:30pm (Reception)
        Place: Grumpy Bert
        82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
        Admission:$5. suggested donation

      RSVP REQUIRED: Since seating is very limited YOU MUST RSVP. Please email lynne (at) lostlit.com
      and 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:
      MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter. Her next novel, on the future of medicine, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster. She graduated from Brown University and was a Writer in Residence there, before she began teaching at Columbia University’s Writing Division.
      Her stories and essays have been published in The AtlanticThe New York TimesSlateSalonGuernica, and The Guardian, among others. She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and has received many honors for her work, including an O. Henry honorable mention, the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship.
      She has been a Yaddo and MacDowell Colony fellow and has served as a judge for the National Book Award and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. In addition, Ms. Lee is a founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

      SUSAN ITO is the author of The Mouse Room, a SheBooks mini-memoir. She co-edited the anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books). She is a creative nonfiction editor at the online literary journal Literary Mama, and her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves,the Kartika Review and elsewhere. She writes and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and in the Creative Nonfiction MFA program at Bay Path University. http://www.susanito.com