Claiming Your Voice: A Deep Dive into Women’s Memoirs

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – November 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
119 Main Street
Nanuet, NY 10954
$345 (or $310 each if two or more register)


Women writers may burn with a desire to tell their stories but sometimes lose confidence in the worthiness of what they have to say. During this two-day workshop, you will cross the line from self-consciousness to self-knowledge and embrace the importance of bearing witness to your own life. You’ll learn how other women memoirists have written about the taboo, the tumultuous, and the triumphant. Topics may include overcoming anorexia, coming out as a lesbian, surviving arranged marriage, facing life as a woman alone (in a variety of ways), and navigating the one role we all share—daughter.

You will learn to:

  • Gain confidence in your own voice
  • Honor female experiences
  • Tell stories that educate
  • Use language techniques that strengthen your writing
  • Connect your individual struggle to a collective one
Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, and a Rockland county local, will be the guest speaker at the workshop on Saturday. She will also present her one-woman show, A Sit Down with Spirit, on Saturday night at CILK119. Check out Rita’s book here.

Workshop fee: $345. Bring a friend and each of you gets 10% off.

Payment options:

Fee includes workshop, mini-reflexology sessions with the wonderful Elle Levenson, and A Sit Down with Spirit, a live Saturday night show presented by guest speaker Rita Gigante in the workshop space.

Lunch on your own at one of the many wonderful eateries in the Nanuet neighborhood. Nyack, which also has terrific restaurants and a local arts scene, is 10 minutes away.

Live too far to commute?
These hotels are all within five minutes of CILK 119:

Questions? Contact Lorraine.

LORRAINE ASH, MA, author of Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life, is a New Jersey book editor and writing teacher whose passion for the art of a well-told story has led her into the realms of memoir, essays, plays, and journalism. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary journals. She is editorial director of Cape House Books, a boutique collaborative publishing company. She lives with her husband, Bill, in Allendale, New Jersey. For more information, visit




RITA GIGANTE has dedicated her life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.



ELLE LEVENSON is a reflexologist and herbalist in private practice in New Jersey. She leads women’s circles that draw on the wisdom teachings of Native Americans and our grandmothers from distant shores and cultures. Elle is an elder in the Tree of Life Sanctuary, a.k.a. Turtle Acres, in Pennsylvania.

Diving woman image: © Sergey Khakimullin /Dreamstime