Upcoming ReadOut 2021 Workshops

ReadOut 2021 continues the party each month with our ongoing workshop series.


Join us on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month for our ReadOut Wonderful Writing Wednesdays workshops, and on select Saturdays for our ReadOut Saturday Special Event workshops. Details can be found below.

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June ReadOut Events

~ReadOut Wonderful Writing Wednesdays~

ReadOut WriteOn with Sonja Franeta and Winn Gilmore

Wednesday, June 9, from 6:45 to 8:30 pm EST


Writing workshop by, for, and about lesbian literature, with prompts and interactive sharing. Meet and greet at 6:45 pm, and event starts at 7:00 pm.

Sonja Franeta, writer, educator, translator, and activist, worked with Judy Grahn in the early years, an indelible influence. She wrote Pink Flamingos: 10 Siberian Interviews in Russian in 2004, translating it into English in 2017. She published My Pink Road to Russia in 2015. Born in the Bronx, New York, to an immigrant Yugoslav family, now retired, Sonja Franeta splits her time between Florida and Spain with her partner and their two cats. She has been engaged with ReadOut since its inception. 


Winn Gilmore is from Birmingham, Alabama where she lives part of the time. Her stories have appeared in "Sinister Wisdom," "Herotica," and "On Our Backs." The story she read in the Memory Pearls of Readout 2021 is called “The Oyster,” part of a work in progress.

ReadOut with Jane Fleishman

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 6:45 to 8:30 pm EST


Jane Fleishman, author of The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism & Aging, presents an interactive discussion with participants on lesbian issues including sex, activism, and aging. Meet and greet at 6:45 pm, and event starts at 7:00 pm.

Jane Fleishman, PhD, is an award-winning sexuality educator who focuses on senior living communities to teach older adults about aging issues including sexuality. She co-hosts an award-winning podcast, and blogs with Sex Rebelle, Hot Octopuss, and AgeRight.  An AASECT certified sexuality educator, she completed her M.Ed. and Ph.D. at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University.

~ReadOut Special Events~


ReadOut: Writing Herstorical Fiction with Ellen Levy

Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 1:45 to 3:30 pm EST


Celebrated author Ellen Levy reads from her book, Struggles in a Boston Marriage, followed by interactive participant discussion about writing on lesbian issues with a perspective that blends history and fiction. Meet and greet at 1:45 pm, and event starts at 2:00 pm.

Ellen Levy is a speaker, workshop leader, and the celebrated author of Struggles in a Boston Marriage, the second book in her historical fiction series about lesbian relationships and lesbian romances.

ReadOut with Debra Gish and Crone Chronicles 20-20

Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 1:45 to 3:30 pm EST


Debra Gish, author and international lesbian feminist activist, reads from her book, Crone Chronicles 20-20: Intimately Inspiring Glimpses into the Lives of Wise Women 52+, and facilitates the 90-minute, interactive participants' discussion by, for, and about lesbians. Meet and greet at 1:45 pm, and event starts at 2:00 pm.

Debra Gish, international, lesbian-feminist activist, and author of Crone Chronicles 20-20: Intimately Inspiring Glimpses into the Lives of Wise Women 52+, is the Managing Editor of Crone Chronicles 20-20, the Founder of Crones Landing®.  Also author of Displaced: A Perilous True Story of an Expatriate Working to Right Wrongs from the Past, along with several published short stories and poems, including "Best Poets of 2015, 2016 and 2019," Debra Gish is a multicultural leader, a linguist, a sociologist, and an international peace mediator holding degrees from leading universities in the Americas.