SCHROON LAKE by Lueza Thirkield Gelb
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Memoir Writing: Out of the Dark & Onto the Page

This workshop on October 22, 2010, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at Queensborough Community College, will consist of discussions of what memoir writing is and why we need it, writing exercises, readings from and examples of exciting, well-crafted memoirs, and some nuts and bolts advice about getting published and the importance of good editing. Shake loose those sometimes lost or perhaps buried or purposely hidden memories going back to the years of childhood, young adulthood, and so on. Get them out of the dark and onto the page! Lueza Thirkield Gelb, PhD in History at Teacher's College at Columbia University, has taught at Pace University and Marymount-Manhattan College Author of Schroon Lake: "...An exquisitely written memoir...a tranquil masterpiece of recollection and personal reflection..." - Roger Kimball, Editor, the New Criterion

Posted by Lueza on September 11 2010


Queensborough Community College: 50+ Reception

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, from 6 - 8:30 p.m., the Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development introduces Ms. Lueza Thirkield Gelb, author of Schroon Lake. The memoir of a girl, born in 1931 - the start of the Great Depression - to wealth and privilege, watching the money go down the drain until there was nothing. She watched, listened and absorbed her family disintegrating yet staying together in a multi-generational household. It wasn't only money that drove them apart. The family survived at great emotional cost, the girl watching and listening and finally here, telling the story. Meet the author right here on campus! Ms. Gelb will be here to discuss her memoir as well as touching upon her workshop on memoir writing on October 22, 2010. Lueza Thirkield Gelb was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in the first part of the twentieth century, two years after the stock market crash, and grew up in the Adirondacks before and during the Second World War. A graduate of Wells College, she has a Ph.D. in History from Teachers College - Columbia University, and has taught at Pace University and Marymount-Manhattan College. She lives in New York City with her husband Bruce S. Gelb, former Director of the USIA and Ambassador to Belgium. The Gelbs have four children and six grandchildren.

Posted by Lueza on September 11 2010


Self-Publishing Book Expo

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, Dr./Author Lueza Gelb will be present at the New York City Self-Publishing Book Expo to sell copies of her book Schroon Lake. She will also be happy to sign copies of her book for any of her book fans.

Posted by Lueza on September 11 2010


Memoir Workshop Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Adirondack Center for Writing presents a memoir writing workshop, "Out of the Dark and Onto the Page" Wednesday, May 5th, 6-8:30 pm at the Saranac Village Will Rogers, Saranac Lake with Lueza Thirkield Gelb. This workshop will consist of discussions of what memoir writing is and why we need it, writing exercises, readings from and examples of exciting, well-crafted memoirs, and some nuts and bolts advice about getting published and the importance of good editing. Shake loose those sometimes lost or perhaps buried or purposely hidden memories going back to the years of childhood, young adulthood, and so on. Get them out of the dark and onto the page! Lueza Thirkield Gelb, born in New Jersey during the early years of the Great Depression, grew up in the Adirondacks. She has a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, has been on the faculties of both Pace University and Marymount College, and has taught abroad. Lueza is the author of Schroon Lake, published by Pulpit Harbor Press. Workshop fee is $15 for ACW members, $25 for nonmembers To register contact the Adirondack Center for Writing at 518-327-6278 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by Lueza on May 04 2010


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Some more words on the writing of memoir: I would like to make a short list of books and the writers of those books who have helped me along the way to writing my memoir, SCHROON LAKE, the story of my life growing up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York during the Great Depression.

I was lucky enough to have started in a writing workshop at the beginning of Abigail Thomas's, and my first writing workshop. I was fortunate to have been part of her "freshman class" of writers in the winter of 2000. We met on the upper West Side of Manhattan, at the edge of the Columbia University campus, at Abby's apartment and those who turned up that first night happened to be all women.

Plenty of people write and never have even thought about being part of a group of other writers - nor would they want to approach writing that way. But for me it turned out to be a great boost for me and my deep desire to write the story of the early part of my life. Abby set the tone. I was among a receptive bunch of women and we all took turns reading our pieces aloud - but no one was excpected to "hand anything in" nor were we forced to read aloud if we did not feel ready.

I will give you a few brief quotes from Abby's slim volume, "THINKING ABOUT MEMOIR". These come from the opening Preface.

"Memoir can consist of looking back at a single summer, or the span of a whole lifetime."

"This is about letting the mind open up and wander, about letting one thing lead to another."

"This book is also about the habit of writing as a way to keep track of what's going on in the front and in the back of your mind."

"Memoir is the story of how we got here from there." And she goes on to say in this very short and compact introduction: "I hope this book will inspire different ways to look at the moment you're in right now, and see how far back it can take you. I hope it will make you admire how surprising life is, and I hope you will write."

Those last five words came through so clearly, and certainly to me and I know to the others in our group. Because of Abby's workshop, I was eager to start writing on a regular basis and, the most important thing of all, to keep on going, Writing was and continues to be a vital part of my life.

Posted by Lueza on October 16 2009


Writing Workshops in 2010

Check back here for writing workshops, speaking engagements, and book-signing events. For speaking engagements, to order a copy of the book or writing consulting with the author, contact Dr. Lueza Gelb's publicist (Rose Di Grazia) by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Posted by Lueza on March 09 2009


 

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2010 BOOK TOUR:

Out of the Dark and Onto the Page (Memoir Writing Workshop)
Author/Instructor Lueza Gelb
May 5th, 2010 (The workshop is brought to you by the Adirondack Writing Center)
6 pm to 8:30 pm
Saranac Lake
Saranac Lake, New Yok

Northwoods Inn
Thursday, May 6, 2010
6:30-8:30 pm
A reception will follow
Northwoods Inn
2520 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Toll Free: (866) 294-7171
Phone: (518) 523-1818

Essex Books
Dr. Lueza Gelb will be signing copies of her book
June 6th, 2010, 5:30 pm
Essex Connecticut
2 Essex Square, Historic Essex Village
Essex, CT, 06426
Phone: 860-767-1707

Red Fox Books
Author Lueza Gelb will be signing copies of her book at 2 pm
June 12th, 2010
28 Ridge Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
518-793-5352

Self-Publishing Book Expo
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Sheraton NY Hotel & Towers
811 Seventh Avenue
(@53rd st)
9:30 - 5:00 pm

50+ Reception
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Queensborough Community College
6 - 8:30 p.m.

Out of the Dark and Onto the Page (Memoir Writing Workshop)
October 22, 2010
Queensborough Community College
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Please check back as photos from author events and notices about upcoming readings and events will be posted here on an ongoing basis.


AWARDS:

Best Memoir
2006 Winner
Annual Adirondack Literary Awards
The Adirondack Center for Writing


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