Appearances, Events and Workshops

Our Bodies, Our Selves: Unlocking Our Body Stories

International Women's Writing Guild Conference
July 6-13, 2018
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

International Women's Writing Guild

The Buddha says, “The body is the greatest dharma door.” But as women, the wisdom of our bodies is often diverted by confusion, shame and culturally imposed stereotypes.. In this six day workshop, we will give voice to the stories our bodies hold and in the process, generate deeply rich writing. Whether you attend for one day or the entire workshop, you will come away with the seeds for a powerful essay and a better understanding what your body has to tell you about yourself.

Oh No, You Don't: Writing About Others (and Yourself) in Memoir
The Studios of Key West
Tue Jan 23, 1 - 4:30PM

$60 /​ $45 mbrs

This half-day session will help spark your memoir writing mojo and introduce the concept of how to handle writing about “others” who pop up in your story. Whether you are dealing with family members, friends or secondary characters, you can write about the good, the bad and the ugly in a way that portrays them truthfully and accurately in service of the story the writer needs to tell- that of their own life.

Diving Into the Wreck: Writing about Loss, Pain and Other Difficult Subjects
July 7-14, 2017

International Women's Writing Guild Annual Conference
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Pennsylvania

The things we most want to write about are often the most difficult to actually write. This includes loss (from death of a loved one to death of a dream), trauma, physical or emotional pain- whatever it is that holds a charge and calls to be written and yet can't. This workshop will help you find ways to enter the material and call upon your writer self to guide you on the page. It's one workshop of many at the wonderful IWWG Annual Conference. This will be a three-day workshop that will be repeated for those who can only make part of the conference.

January 25-29, 2017
Key West, Florida

Join me and master yoga therapy training teacher Jenny Otto for a rare opportunity to listen to our bodies and tap into the deep wisdom held inside. Through mindful yoga and expressive writing, we'll give voice to the stories held in our bones and provide the groundwork for transforming the patterns and habits of a lifetime. You'll be surprised at how much you'll learn about your body- and yourself. Come to write, breathe, play and be inspired by the magic of Key West!

Memoir Boot Camp at The Studios of Key West

Three consecutive Wednesday evenings
January 4th, 11th and 18th, 2017
6:00-8:30 pm

Find the key to unlocking your story during this three session workshop held at the inspirational Studios of Key West. Camp begins January 4th with "The Power of Truth, Memory and Being Your Own Source," where we learn the secrets of working with memory (or the lack of it) and creating the necessary distance and perspective to write life story. January 11th, we'll get down to brass tacks (and nails and planks) learning solid literary techniques that you can immediately use to enhance your writing in "Building a House Made of Memory." And on January 18th, we'll unpack memoir's “Narrative Arc” and explore ways to create structure for your story - be it a book, essay or series of vignettes.

For the full boot camp experience, taking all three workshops is recommended. However, you may join us for any one of these classes. There will be writing exercises and homework to get your memoir muscles moving (but no push-ups). Expect to come away with greater insight into your own story, material generated that you can use to build a finished memoir or essay and an understanding of how to craft life into literature.

A memoir intensive at the 39th Annual IWWG Conference
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA

July 15-18, 2016
Join me for a three day memoir workshop at the 39th Annual IWWG Summer Conference. This conference for women writers of all genres is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in writing, art and the joy of being with others who love writing.
There will be many workshops with fantastic teachers. For many people, the annual IWWG conference is a life-changing experience. Come and see why!

ESWA Bay to Ocean Conference
Wye Mills, MD
March 12, 2016

Join me for an action-packed info session on how to make your memoir come alive on the page. Part of the all-day Bay to Ocean Conference put on by Eastern Shore Writer's Association. This is a wonderful conference chock full of great workshops and writing tips. The event sells out every year, so register early!

"To Hell and Back: Trauma and the Transformational Arc in Personal Narrative."

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference
March 30-April 2, 2016, Los Angeles, CA

"To Hell and Back: Trauma and the Transformational Arc in Personal Narrative."
Since ancient times, writers have relied on the archetypal theme of overcoming great personal difficulty to create dramatic tension and reveal character. What happens when it's real life? Join me and five fine writers who work with transcending trauma and turning it into powerful literature. With Sue William Silverman, Melissa Febos, Marilyn Bosquin, Laura Bogart.

February 20- April 9
The Writer's Center
Bethesda. Maryland

The one thing a writer must do is write, but it's not always easy to stay on track and keep coming back to the page. The best way to keep motivated and produce new work is to meet regularly with a group to support you in your goals.

This workshop provides a supportive setting for writers of narrative nonfiction, including memoir, who would like to receive regular feedback on their work and have a deadline as they work toward finishing or polishing their manuscript.

At each bi-monthly meeting, writers will bring new material to each meeting (500-1,000 words) and receive constructive feedback from their instructor and peers. With a regular deadline and encouragement from the group, you will come away from this session with new material, a base of support and a renewed commitment to your work.

The Studios of Key West
Key West, MD
January 23, 2016 1-5 pm

Virginia Woolf says "Follow the track of memory to the "moments of being." Join me for an afternoon of diving down and following those tracks to uncover the deeper story of your life.

THE LOVELY BONES: Finding Structure for Your Book-Length Memoir

October 5th &10th, 2015
7:00-9:30 pm

In this two-session workshop, we will explore the myriad ways memoir can be structured,both on a sentence level AND as a supportive scaffolding for for a book-length narrative. Expect to come away from this workshop with a better sense of the shape your book will take and knowledge of how to assemble the bones to support your story.


November 14th, 2015
1:00-5:00 pm

Because memoir culls from a lifetime of experience, it's often difficult to know where to start and how to proceed. In this workshop, we will sift through our life material to discover the stories worth telling and find the shape those stories will take. Expect to come away with compelling stories lifted out of your life experience.

Quiet Waters Park Visitor's Center
December 14, 2014
5-7 pm

Bethesda, Maryland
Sunday, June 1st
1:00 pm

With author Marion Winik at the Pratt Library (note the dual jean jackets)

Join me and author Marion Winik for an afternoon at the Writer's Center. Marion will be reading from her latest book, "High In the Low Fifties," a wonderfully funny look at being single and searching for love in mid-life.
Both of us will be bringing our canine loves, so heavy petting is allowed!
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Author Reading and Talk
May 19, 2014 at Enoch Pratt Library
Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore's Patron Saint of Writing, Edgar Allen Poe. I'll be reading in the Poe Room in one of the most beautiful 19th century libraries in the country.

Baltimore area writers and readers! Please join me on Monday, May, 19th, 2014 in the Poe Room at the Enoch Pratt Library where I'll be reading from Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance and discussing the joys and challenges of writing memoir.
6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St,
Baltimore, Md 21201

TLC Virtual Book Tour

Read Reviews and Blogs from the Short Leash 15 week book tour.

New York City

April 1, 2014 12:30-1:30 p.m.
First Tuesday Lunch Forum:
Bones for Cereberus: Releasing the Gatekeeper
The metaphorical journey undertaken in Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance
C.G. Jung Center of New York
28 E. 39th Street
New York, N.Y. 10016


Panel: "The Healing Power of Dogs" with Meg Daly Olmert .
April 5, 2014 from 10 - 11 a.m.
Key School, Annapolis Maryland 21403
534 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis, MD 21403

I'll be presenting two panels: The Third I: Writer as Mediator in Memoir and Personal Narrative (Thursday, 2/​27 at Noon) and Breaking Silence, Women’s Memoir as an Act of Rebellion (Thursday 2/​27 at 3:00 p.m.)

The AWP is the largest literary conference in North America with more than 12,000 attendees expected this year.


Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-11 p.m
Barnes and Noble
Anne Arundel County SPCA fundraiser and
in-store event at Barnes and Noble.
Readings and Short LeashDiscussion throughout day (11 a.m, 2 pm, 7 pm)
PLUS holiday gift wrapping by SPCA volunteers.
2516 Solomon's Island Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Short Leash has been named the November selection for the Anne Arundel County SPCA's book club and in celebration, a fundraiser will be held at Barnes and Noble, Annapolis, MD. Readings, Q&A and book signing with a percentage of every sale in the store going to the AACSPCA. Thank you to the AACSPCA and Barnes and Noble for their support.

11 a.m.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
News Channel 8 (WJLA-TV)
Interview with Dr. Katy Neslon, DVM

Books by the Banks, Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center. Book signing and co-panelist for the breakout session: “Writing with an Editor’s Eye” (1:30-2:15 Rm. 230) where we'll discuss writing like an editor can sharpen and tighten your work, and when to use- and not use- your editor's eye. Come on down anytime during the day. It should be fun!

Writing the Memoir You've Been Dreaming About

When we dream, our psyche writes the story of our inner life using the language of metaphor and memory. This provides rich material to help us better understand ourselves. Using our dreams as a guide, we will find the stories we need to tell and explore literary techniques to bring them to the page.

C.G. Jung Foundation
New York, N.Y.
July 18, 2013
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Book Launch for Short Leash:
A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6-7:30 p.m. in the Blue Heron Room
Quiet Waters Park,
600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Annapolis, MD.

Janice Gary is an award-winning writer who leads workshops thoughout the United States. Her book, Short Leash: a Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance (Michigan State University Press, August, 2013) is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online and local booksellers.