Lauren Sarat

Writer, editor, and consultant

Readings, Lectures, and Conferences

Invited presenter, Association of Rhode Island Authors, Virtual, Fall 2021.  


Presentation, "Creating Page-turning Fiction," Hollihock Writers Conference, Virtual, October 2020.


Panelist, "Submitting to Publications," Hollihock Writers Conference, Virtual, October 2020.


Live Storytelling, "Ralph," AS220, Providence, Rhode Island, January 2019.


Live Storytelling, "Randy Dick," AS220, Providence, Rhode Island, February 2019.


Presentation, "How to Approach a Literary Agent," Rhode Island Author Expo, December 2018.


Reading, "Why Dan Quayle Comforts Me," Scary Story Sunday, Providence, Rhode Island, October 2018.


Presentation, "What is the Role of Forgiveness in Conflict Management and Crisis Intervention?" University of Reykjavik, Iceland.  August 2018.


Presentation, "How to Approach a Literary Agent," Monthly meeting of Association of Rhode Island Authors, March 2018.  


Presentation, Faculty Lunch Series, Brown University, Rhode Island, July 2009.  

Invited lecturer, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, date tbd.  

Invited panelist, “When Bad Things Happen to Good Characters,” Associated Writing Programs Conference, New York, New York, February 2008. 

Reading at Brown Writer’s Symposium, Brown University, July 2007.

Lecture, “Developing Narrative through Character and Event,” Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, February 13, 2007.

Reading at Brown Writers’ Symposium, Providence, Rhode Island, July 2006.  

“Investigating the Mind 2005: Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation,” Washington DC, November 8-10, 2005.  

Fiction reading at University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, October 17, 2005.

Reading at Brown Writers’ Symposium, Brown University, July 23, 2005  

“Creative Nonfiction: Revitalizing Expository Writing,” Brown University, October, 2003.  

“Contemplative Practice in Higher Education,” Amherst College, October, 2003.  

Panelist, “The Short-Short Story as Literary Genre,” NEMLA, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2003.  

Presented “The Uses of Uncertainty: Reading The X-Files as Fairy Tale,” NEMLA, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2003.

Fiction reading at University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, December 9, 2002. 

Fiction reading at South Street Seaport Auditorium, New York, New York, December 4, 2002.   

Other Professional Activities 

Freelance editor, writer, and consultant, Amherst, Massachusetts, New York, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island, September 1991-present. 

Writing Coach, Providence, Rhode Island, September 2004-present. 

Founding member of The Borderlines writing group, Providence, Rhode Island, September 2004-present.

Editorial Board member, Hurricane Alice, Providence, Rhode Island, September 2001-May 2003.

Writer-in-Residence, The Artists Enclave at I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut, Summers 2001 and 2002.  

Features Editor in Religion, Barnesandnoble.com, New York, New York, September 1999-January 2001. 

Bookstore Manager and Bookseller, Union Theological Seminary and Three Lives and Company, New York, New York; Womrath Books, Bronxville, New York; Atticus/Albion Bookshop, Amherst, Massachusetts, September 1990-June 1994; September 1998-August 1999. 

Literary Agent, Sobel Weber Associates, New York, New York, May 1997-August 1998.  

Assistant Editor, Picador USA/St. Martin’s Press, New York, New York, June 1994-May 1997. 

Attended Prague Summer Writers Workshop, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Summer 1995. Studied Fiction with Jayne Anne Phillips and Gish Jen.

Attended Mount Holyoke Writers Conference, Summer 1990. Studied Poetry with Dave Smith.

Participant in Amherst Writers and Artists Workshops, 1990-1992.

Publications and Works in Progress

A Boy Named Francesco: The Life Story of Judge Frank Caprio, with Frank Caprio, in progress  

The Usual Hunger, novel in progress

"Truth Detector," Rhode Island Monthly, January 2010

“The Floating Word,” Rhode Island Monthly, June 2008

Matinee,” apt, March 2007

“Stitching,” Confrontation, Winter 2007

Review of Strange Piece of Paradise by Terry Jentz, amazon.com, August 2006

“The Break-Up Flowers,” Tomyex.com, May 2006

Radio broadcast of “The Break-Up Flowers” for The Lumberyard, WHUS, Storrs, Connecticut, December 2005

Radio broadcast of “Condiments and Other Sundries” for The Lumberyard, WHUS, Storrs, Connecticut, November 2005

Radio broadcast of “Matinee” for The Lumberyard, WHUS, Storrs, Connecticut, October, 2005

“Russian Lessons,” New York Stories, Spring 2001, Nominated for Pushcart Prize, 2002

“Tejas,” Shenandoah, Fall 2000, Finalist in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, 1996

“Before the Blizzard,” Turnstile, Volume 5, Number 2, Fall 1998

“Attic,” Anonymous, Inaugural issue, 1994

“Mercator's Projection,” The Plum Creek Review, 1990

“Fragment,” The Plum Creek Review, 1990

Numerous book and restaurant reviews appear on BarnesandNoble.com andAmericatogo.com.

“The Death-Defying Life of Jesus Christ,” placed with Zooba.com