Events & Teaching

ONGOING: Please contact Elizabeth directly for more information about her in-person and/or Zoom sessions for generative writing called “First Words.”


February 27, 2024
Lecture at Sonoma State University: “Legacies of Trauma and Resilience”
2024 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

January 12-28, 2024
Under the Volcano
A Guided Writing Residency in Tepoztlán, Mexico
“Master Class with Elizabeth: Writing of Witness”


November 6-12, 2023
Kauai Writers Conference
Elizabeth’s Master Class meets in the afternoons, Nov 6-9
“MAKING IT NEW: Writing in Hybrid Forms”


May 17, 2023
7 pm Eastern Time
Atlanta History Center (virtual event)
Conversation with Jennifer Rosner & Elizabeth Rosner
YouTube recording is now available!


September 12, 2021
4 pm Pacific Time
Alta Mesa Center for the Arts
Online discussion with Elizabeth about SURVIVOR CAFE
“Trauma, Listening, and Reconciliation”
Register here to get Zoom link



Lecture on Writing Fiction
11 am (Pacific Time) January 9, 2021
Register here

Tepoztlán, Mexico

January 9-19, 2020
Manuscript Seminar with Elizabeth Rosner

Squaw Valley, CA
July 6-13, 2020  (Canceled due to COVID-19)

San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO
Oct. 8-12, 2020
Memoir Workshop with Elizabeth (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Nov. 9-15, 2020
Cutting and Polishing (master class) + Conference
(Canceled due to COVID-19)

SURVIVOR CAFÉ: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

December 8, 2019
Book and Author: Elizabeth Rosner, Survivor Café
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
2:00-3:30 pm
Skokie, IL
Free with museum admission
Reservations required

November 21, 2019
Lecture and community event, 7 pm.
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI
details TBA

October 15, 2019
Hugo House, Seattle WA
7 pm. Reading & discussion of Survivor Cafe
Spotlight Nonfiction event.

February 20, 2019
in conversation with Dani Shapiro
7:30 pm
Kepler’s Foundation
Menlo Park, CA

February 24, 2019
Lecture at Richmond Museum of History
2:00 pm
400 Nevin Ave
Richmond, CA

March 6, 2019
on-stage interview at Jewish Book Week, LONDON
12:30 pm
Jewish Book Week, Kings Place

March 7, 2019
conversation with Anna Veprinska
6:30 pm
Wiener Library
29 Russell Square, LONDON

March 23, 2019
7:30 pm
Conversation with Devi S. Laskar about her debut novel
Atlas of Reds and Blues
Kaleidoscope Cafe
Point Richmond, CA

May 4-5, 2019
moderator for two panels at Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley
Saturday May 4, 11:45 pm
Saturday May 4, 3:15 pm
Please see full schedule for Festival

May 23-31, 2019
Love Comes in at the Eye,
a writers retreat in Connemara, IRELAND
Led by Jacki Lyden and Elizabeth Rosner


September 5, 2018
Oakland, CA
7:00 pm
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

September 16, 2018
Woodstock, NY
3:00 pm
The Golden Notebook
in conversation with Martha Frankel
29 Tinker St
Woodstock, NY 12498

October 4, 2018
Montclair, CA
7:00 pm
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Ave
Oakland, CA 94611

November 4, 2018
San Francisco, CA
9:30 am
The Forum at Grace Cathedral
1100 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

AND BEFORE THAT…(hardcover events)

June 7, 2018
Oakland, CA
6:00 pm
Main Library
First Floor Reading Area
125 14th Street

May 24, 2018
Walnut Creek, CA
1:00 pm
“Under One Tent” Contra Costa Jewish Books & Arts Festival
Fireside Room in Rossmoor
1001 Golden Rain Rd

May 24, 2018
Hayward, CA
7:00 pm
Cal State East Bay
The Biella Room
University Library
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.

May 22, 2018
Waltham, MA
6:30 pm
Waltham Public Library
with Randy Susan Meyers

May 21, 2018
Newton, MA
7:00 pm
Newtonville Books

May 17, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
7:00 pm
Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

May 14, 2018
Burnt Hills, NY
6:00 pm
Town of Ballston Community Library

April 28-29, 2018
Bay Area Book Festival
Berkeley CA
April 28: panel on “The Art of Memory”
11:45 am to 1 pm
Brower Center, Tamalpais Room
April 29: “Thriving Past Trauma”
10 am to 11:15 am
Freight and Salvage: on-stage interview with Dr. Edith Eger, author of THE CHOICE

April 21-22, 2018
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, CA
April 21: panel on “Memory: How it Shapes You”
3:00-4:00 pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

April 10, 2018
Commonwealth Club of CA
110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
6:00 pm

March 5, 2018
JCCSF, in-conversation with Helen Epstein
3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
7:00 pm

February 24, 2018
Search for Meaning Festival, Seattle WA


August 31, 2017
Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady NY
6:30 pm

September 12, 2017
Books Inc., Berkeley
LAUNCH & celebration
7:00 pm

September 14, 2017
Powells Books on Hawthorne, Portland OR
In conversation with Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder
7:00 pm

September 15, 2017
Elliott Bay Books, Seattle WA
7:00 pm

September 16, 2017
Browsers Bookshop, Olympia WA
7:00 pm

September 19, 2017
Green Apple Books, San Francisco CA
In conversation with Josephine Rowe, author of A Loving, Faithful Animal
7:00 pm

September 25, 2017
Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park CA
In conversation with Nicole Krauss, author of Forest Dark
7:30 pm  Buy Tickets Here

October 6, 2017
Book Soup, Los Angeles, CA
7:00 pm

October 12, 2017
Why There Are Words, Sausalito CA
7:15 pm

October 13, 2017
Litquake: Lit by the Lake, Oakland CA
6:30 pm

October 16, 2017
Book Passage, Corte Madera CA
7:00 pm

October 19, 2017
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco CA
In conversation with Anne Germanacos, author of Tribute
7:30 pm

October 28, 2017
Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino CA
7:00 pm

November 7, 2017
Berkeley Arts & Letters, Berkeley CA
In conversation with Cristina Garcia, author of Here in Berlin
7:30 pm

November 14, 2017
Cafe Society at Kaleidoscope, Pt. Richmond CA
In conversation with Elizabeth Farnsworth, author of A Train Through Time
7:00 pm

November 16, 2017
Kramerbooks, Washington, DC
6:30 pm

November 18-19, 2017
Miami Book Fair International
details TBA

February 24, 2018
Search for Meaning Festival, Seattle WA
details TBA


ONGOING:  “First Words”
Generative writing class (usually) offered first Sunday of the month
in North Berkeley, 1-6 pm. $95 per session; group size limited.
Please contact me directly for more info:

NOTE: Will travel to teach! In other words, I am available to offer workshops in your location, if you wish to discuss arrangements for a visit.

February 10-17, 2018
Rancho La Puerta

Stay Tuned. Details to come.

February 24, 2018
Search for Meaning Festival
Seattle University

March 7-10, 2018
AWP Conference
Tampa, FL
details TBA

November 26 – December 3, 2016
Rancho La Puerta
“Writing & Reading Together, with Elizabeth Rosner”

July 31 – August 4, 2016
Catamaran Writing Conference
Pebble Beach, CA
Details and Registration

June 27 – July 1, 2016
Green Mountain Writers Conference
Chittenden, VT
Details and Registration

February 10-14, 2016
San Miguel Writers’ Conference

Details and Registration

ELECTRIC CITY paperback book tour 2015 (gone but not forgotten)

September 10:  7:30 pm reading at Noepe Center (Edgartown, MA)
September 30:  7 pm reading at Newtonville Books w Tova Mirvis (Newton, MA)
October 8: 7 pm Why There Are Words, (Sausalito, CA)
October 9: 7 pm reading at 27 Powers (Alameda, CA)
October 11: 7 pm  in conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn (Oakland, CA)
October 12: 7 pm reading at Books Inc. w Harriet Chessman (Palo Alto, CA)
October 14: 6 pm Litquake event honoring Squaw Valley (SF, CA)
October 15: 6 pm Litquake Women’s Night, Historical Fiction (SF, CA)
October 16-18: Beverly Hills Literary Escape (LA, CA)
October 19:  writing workshop in Beverly Hills  (LA, CA)
October 21:  in conversation with Northwest Woodworking Studio (Portland, OR)
October 22:  7 pm reading at Elliot Bay Books (Seattle, WA)
October 26:  7 pm reading at Annie Blooms Books (Portland, OR)
November 3: 7:30 pm reading at Mrs Dalloways w Janis Newman (Oakland, CA)
November 5: 7 pm Stanford Book Club (Orinda, CA)
November 9: 7 pm reading at Coburg Community Center (Rexford, NY)
November 10: 7 pm Woman’s Club of Albany (Albany, NY)
November 11: 7 pm reading at RJ Julia Booksellers with Harriet Chessman (Madison, CT)
November 12: 8 pm reading @ Parkside Lounge with “Shades of Blue” anthology (NY, NY)
November 14: 3-5 pm reading w “Shades of Blue” anthology (The Patisserie, Milford, PA)
November 16-17:  lecture for Jewish Federation (Broward County, FL)

Below is the list of events from 2014…

Friday, October 3rd
        Poetry Reading for Catamaran Literary Review
Tannery Arts Center
1050 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA

Saturday, October 11th
        Litquake: Off the Richter Scale
Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Sunday, October 12th
2-4:00pm    Emeryville Celebration of the Arts6121 Hollis Street Suite 900
Heritage Square, Emeryville, CA  94662

Tuesday, October 14th
        Litquake Panel:  Does Literature Make You an Empath?
Mechanics Institute Library
2nd Floor Library
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Wednesday, October 15th
        Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Saturday, October 18th
850 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Tuesday, October 21st
        Pegasus Books on Solano
1855 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

Wednesday, October 22nd
        Books Inc.
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Thursday, October 23rd
     Alley Cat Bookshop & Gallery*
3036 24th Street
San Francisco, CA  94110

*  This will be a SPECIAL EVENT featuring a reading from GRAVITY
and a showing of artwork by Lola Fraknoi

Saturday October 25th
1 – 1:45 pm    California Capital Book Festival: Fiction Panel
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, California

Tuesday, October 28th
        Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Wednesday, October 29th
6:00pm        In-conversation with Martin Amis
Mechanics Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
(tickets for purchase)

7:30pm          Temple Sinai
(poetry reading with Sharon Coleman and Richard Silberg)
808 Summit St.
Oakland, CA  94609

Sunday, November 2nd
1:15 pm
        Lafayette Library & Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA 94549

Wednesday, November 5th
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Thursday, November 6th
        Inquiring Minds
6 Church Street
New Paltz, NY 12561

Sunday, November 9th
        The Open Door
Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton St.
Schenectady, NY 12305

Monday, November 10th
7:00pm           Nott Memorial
Union College
Schenectady, NY

Thursday, November 13th
7:00pm         Books Inc.
1760 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Friday, November 14th
7:00pm           Orinda Books
276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563

Tuesday, November 18th
7-9:30 pm
        Inside Storytime
La Movida Wine Bar
3066 24th Street
San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, November 19th
7:00pm         A Great Good Place For Books
6120 LaSalle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

Miami Book Fair International
November 21-24
Details TBA

Thursday, December 11th

7:00pm          Why There Are Words
333 Caledonia St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Saturday, December 20th
7:30pm         Under the Influence
The Emerald Tablet, A Creativity Salon


Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
July 31-August 2, 2014

Holland Lake Lodge
Writers Workshop/Retreat
Swan Valley, Montana
September 11-18, 2014