Long Form Narrative Workshop, March 2019

Long Form Narrative Workshop
with Lilly Dancyger

The Cedar Ridge Writers Series proudly presents Lilly Dancyger, memoir editor at Narratively, on teaching long form narrative nonfiction in a day-long workshop at Cedar Ridge Farm in bucolic Bedminster, New Jersey, on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

The day starts at 10:15 am with a short meet & greet, followed by a full agenda of generative writing exercises to create solid steps toward building fuller personal essays, reading analysis, sharing work (optional,) free writing time, and more, all in front of one of three  blazing fireplaces, and in five cozy rooms.

Author, editor, and MFA professor Lisa Romeo, co-host of the Cedar Ridge Writing Series, will give a lunch time talk on transforming essays into her full-length memoir, Starting with Goodbye.

Bring lunch if you like; homemade soup, fruit, and snacks will be available throughout the day.

Two bedrooms are available in The Cottage at the farm for overnight stays. Please contact Ryder for details

The day ends with a wrap-up Q&A around 4pm.

Register for the workshop and select extra feedback options below!


Lilly Dancynger is the memoir editor of Narratively, which focuses “on ordinary people with extraordinary stories;” a contributing editor and writing instructor with Catapult; and assistant books editor at Barrelhouse. Her essays and journalism on sex, politics, and culture have appeared in Rolling Stone, The Rumpus, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and more. She’s the editor of Burn It Down, an anthology of essays on women’s anger (forthcoming from Seal Press), and is at work on a memoir about her father’s art and heroin addiction, and the legacy of both in her life.


Lisa Romeo is the author of Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss, (University of Nevada Press, 2018). Lisa’s work is listed in Best American Essays 2018 and 2016, and has appeared in literary and popular venues, including the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Brevity, Longreads, Under the Sun, Full Grown People, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, The Nervous Breakdown, and other places. She teaches in the Bay Path University MFA program.


Lilly Dancyger Workshop, March 2, 2019

Early bird rate (before January 30) Please note that after January 30, rate will be $135 Please leave your name, address, and phone contact when registering.



Lilly Dancyger Workshop (special rate)

Discount rate for HippoCampers, former CRWS participants, and Binders Please leave your name, address, and phone contact when registering.



Lilly Dancyger—Feedback Option A

Feedback from Lilly on ten pages of nonfiction narrative sent prior to the workshop.



Lilly Dancyger Feedback Option B

Feedback from Lilly on ten pages sent prior to the workshop plus a private consult at event.




Lisa Romeo is available for feedback/consultation requests. You can learn more and contact her directly via her website



To Reach Cedar Ridge Farm via Public Transportation:

New Jersey Transit trains serve Summit and Morristown, and some run directly to the Far Hills* station, closest to Cedar Ridge.  https://njtransit.com/

*The 9:14am train departing Penn Station, NY on Saturdays arrives in Far Hills at 9:56. Transportation will be arranged to bring you to Cedar Ridge Farm.

Driving directions sent upon request. The farm is only a few miles from Routes 287 and 78.


Cancelation Policy for all Cedar Ridge Writers Classes:Two-months prior to event: full refund less $20.00 registration fee;Five-weeks prior to event: Half- refund, plus $20.00 registration fee;Three-weeks prior to event: No refunds will be given