Memoir and Meaning: Writing Your Life Stories

In this workshop, with author and teacher Lorraine Ash,  you will learn to shape your experiences and reflections into compelling prose. In essence, you will pour your stories into a narrative container that will hold them and maximize their power both for you and your readers.

In the process, you’ll come to more deeply recognize and appreciate the meaning in your own sacred journey. The work of fine writers-some famous, some not-will inform and inspire you as your own best writing is evoked in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

The workshop is perfect for new or struggling memoirists. Bring paper and pen or a laptop.

Presenter: Lorraine Ash

Fee: $55

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 5pm


About the Presenter

Lorraine Ash works as a book editor, author coach, and editorial director of Cape House Books. She has penned two books, Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life. Both are memoirs, a genre she sees as personally transformative and socially important. Her shorter works, including essays, articles, and short stories, have appeared in a variety of anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers, including USA Today. She is currently working on a third memoir, Missing Mae. Lorraine studied at Fordham University. She lives in New Jersey.

Learn more about Lorraine at


Snapshots of Our Lives: A Poetry Memoir Workshop

Join Ann van Buren as she facilitates Snapshots of Our Lives: A Poetry Memoir Workshop, writing and sharing memories. Absorb the magnetic power of Mariandale’s meditative space and allow yourself uninterrupted time to bring memories to the page. We will meet and open creative channels through readings, discussions on craft, and free-writing. Writers are invited to share favorite poems or stories, or to spend time working on a new piece that was inspired by the day. We will share our writing, along with supportive discussion.  All writing levels are welcome to attend.

Presenter: Ann van Buren

Fee: $55

Date/Time: Saturday, March 24, from 10am to 3pm


About the Presenter

Ann van Buren is a teacher, librarian, and lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley. Her poems have been published in many journals and in The Rumpus online. Educated at Columbia University and New York University, Ann has worked at schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and regularly facilitates poetry workshops. Ann also teaches poetry for The Amsterdam Writing Workshop in the

Life Writing/Memoir: A Weekend Writing Retreat

Whether your writing is for personal journals or for publication, there are aspects we share as writers. This weekend writing retreat, with a focus on creative non-fiction and fiction, is centered on the belief that when we leave behind the disruptions of our busy lives and gather in a supportive community we make important breakthroughs in our writing. This weekend is for everyone, and for those who have been on previous retreats, the weekend will be an opportunity to go a little deeper into the spiritual life as well as the writing life.

The weekend will reinforce the writer’s life, (re)-discover the writer’s soul, offer daily workshops, craft discussion, writing prompts, feedback, motivation, inspiration and time to work on new or existing projects. The retreat is open to writers of every genre, both beginners and advanced. Writers will sharpen writing skills, meet other exceptional writers, take walks with a view of the mountains and river, and have time for meals and plenty of breaks.

Whether you are a beginner writer or a published author, you will be energized by the support, literary guidance, relaxation and encouragement. Believe in your story – you are the best one to write it!

Dates & Times: Fri., Jan. 26 at 5pm to Sun., Jan. 28 at 1pm
Presenter: Magie Dominic
Fee:  $225
$75 deposit required at registration; early registration is encouraged. Please pay in full by Jan. 15


About the Presenter

Magie Dominic, writer and artist, studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and lives in New York. Her memoirs, The Queen of Peace Room and Street Angel, have been nominated for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, Book of the Year Award/Memoir – ForeWord Magazine, the Judy Grahn Award and received the Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Award, 2017.

She was nominated for the Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award and co-authored  H. M. Koutoukas Remembered by His Friends, Eco Poetry, and Belles Lettres/Beautiful Letters. She has written for the Toronto Globe and Mail and The Village Voice

Her writing and art archives are with New York University Fales Library Permanent Collection and her theater archives are with New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Her artwork has been exhibited in Toronto and New York including a presentation at The United Nations.

Writing the Memoir: A Workshop Encore

Through a collection of essays and poem examples, we’ll have a chance to uncover memories about significant life experiences. Then we’ll shape our stories into prose or poetry. During the workshop, gentle feedback by class members and the writing instructor will help us emphasize our personal style of expression for those who wish to share.

Date/Time: Saturday Aug. 26,  11 am to 3:30 pm

Presenter: Karen Rippstein

Fee: $45 (lunch included)


Writing the Memoir: A Workshop

Through a collection of essays and poem examples, we’ll have a chance to uncover memories about significant life experiences. Then we’ll shape our stories into prose or poetry.

During the workshop, gentle feedback by class members and the writing instructor will help us emphasize our personal style of expression for those who wish to share.

Presenter: Karen Rippstein

Time: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  (Includes buffet lunch.)

Fee: $45


About the Presenter

Karen Rippstein is a Certified Poetry Therapist, Poet and Creative Writing Teacher.  She teaches popular writing programs at Westchester Community College, senior centers, Divine Compassion Spirituality Center, poetry and creative writing workshops at Greenburgh Public Library, North Castle Public Library, and inter-generational programs at area schools.  An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan, Karen has been published in National Association of Poetry Therapy’s Journal of Poetry Therapy, NAPT Museletter, Letters from the Heart, Personal Journaling magazine, en(compass): The Poetry Caravan Anthology, Layers of Possibility Anthology, and A Slant of Light.  Karen lives in Cortlandt Manor, NY with her muse, a mini-schnauzer pup, Addy Lynn.

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