Upcoming Events

6-week Online Novel writing workshop | Miami Book Fair

Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. ET
June 4 – July 9, 2020

In order to create a new universe, i.e., a novel, a writer needs a sense of recklessness and wildness. But in order to make sense out of this universe, to understand its logics and rules, to work toward its essence, a writer needs a practice that includes rigor, care, and discipline. In this workshop, we will explore these two elements of novel-writing.

More info and registration here. 

1 day Online fiction writing masterclass | ohioana Library

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

“Starting, Writing and Completing Your Novel.” More info and registration here. 

2 part Online creative writing | tecumseh Land trust

Sunday, June 21 & Sunday, June 28, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

“Writing With the World in Isolation and Community.” More info and registration here. 


6-week Online Novel writing workshop | catapult

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET/4:30-6:30 p.m. PT
May 26 – Jun. 30, 2020


Have you always wanted to write a novel? Are you stuck in the middle of a draft? Do you need to let go of hesitation, or buckle down for revision? Join this 6-week workshop with award-winning author Moriel Rothman-Zecher to get both creative inspiration and practical tools for starting, writing, or completing your first (or next!) novel.

More info and registration here. 

Past Events

Book Club Meeting | Yellow Springs, OH

Wednesday, January 8, 2020. 7:00 PM. Reading of Sadness Is a White Bird at Southwest Ohio Book Clubs meeting. Yellow Springs, Ohio. 

Limmud | Birmingham, UK

Monday, December 23 – Thursday, December 26, 2019. Featured presenter at the UK’s pioneering festival of Jewish Learning. Events and details below. 

  1. The carefulness and wildness of writing a novel: workshop with author Moriel Rothman-Zecher – Monday, December 23, 14:40-15:40

    In order to create a new universe – i.e., a novel – a writer needs a sense of recklessness, imagination and wildness. But in order to tame this universe, and to make enough sense out of its rhythms to tell a compelling story, a writer needs discipline, grit and carefulness. Come to this workshop for tools and inspiration as you write your own novel.

  2. Not in front of the goyim – Monday, December 23, 21:45-22:45

    Should we air our views about Israel in public or should diaspora Jews keep their opinions about the Israeli government to themselves? A discussion with Israeli and non-Israeli Jewish activists.

  3. Sadness Is a White Bird. A reading and conversation with author Moriel Rothman-Zecher – Tuesday, December 24, 20:30-21:30

    In this “nuanced, sharp, and beautifully written” (-Michael Chabon) debut novel a young Jewish man prepares to serve in the Israeli army while also trying to reconcile his close relationship to two Palestinian siblings with his deeply ingrained loyalties to family and country. Reading and Question and Answer with author Moriel Rothman-Zecher.

  4. Polemics and Poetics: The tensions and intersections between art and activism. – Wednesday, December 25, 10:45-11:45

    How does art inspire activism and activism complicate art? What is the balance between inspiration and agitprop? Is creativity compromised by political engagement or deepened by it? Join three artist-activists to explore the interplay of these spheres and how to create both meaningful art and material change

  5. House building and demolitions in the occupied territories – Wednesday, December 25, 13:20-14:20

    In this panel, we’ll be discussing the impact of Israeli policy in the occupied territories in regards to house building and house demolitions, both Israeli and Palestinian. Panel TBC

  6. Yiddish poetics and prose in the Twenty-First Century – Wednesday, December 25, 18:40-19:40

    What does it mean to write modern [secular] literature that orbits around Yiddish? How does a writer navigate the dominant currents through which Yiddish is often conjured, i.e., nostalgia and romanticisation, lugubriousness and shmaltz (so to speak)? Come discuss with Israeli-American (Yiddish-learning) author Moriel Rothman-Zecher.

Solstice Poetry Reading | Yellow Springs, OH

Friday, December 13, 2019. Vernet Ecological Center auditorium, 400 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, OH. Poetry reading along with other local poets, co-sponsored by the Tecumseh Land Trust and Glen Helen. 

Temple Israel Book Group | Miami, FL

Thursday, November 21, 2019. 7:00 PM. Online discussion with Temple Israel, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School | New York, NY

Tuesday, November 5, 2019. 8:45 AM. Talk with students from an AP English class discussing Sadness Is a White Bird.  

Book Group | Dayton, OH

Sunday, October 27, 2019. 8:00 PM. Book discussion with men’s book group in Dayton, in advance of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize event. 

University of Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH

Monday, October 7, 2019. 4:00 PM. Elliston Room. 646 Langsam Library. Public reading. 

The Emporium | Yellow Springs, OH

Sunday, October 6, 2019. 3:00 PM. In conversation with author Madeline ffitch, as she reads from and discusses her new novel, STAY AND FIGHTS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). 

Book Group | Athens, Greece

Monday, September 30th, 2019. Online. Discussing Sadness Is a White Bird with a book group in Athens. 

Catapult | Online Fiction Writing Workshop

September 17th- October 22nd, 2019. 6-Week Online Fiction Workshop: The Wildness & Carefulness of Writing a Novel. 

More information and registration here

Wright Memorial Public Library | Oakwood, OH

Tuesday, August 13th, 7:00pm. 1776 Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood, OH. Book club visit and talk. 

Miami Writers Institute | Miami, FL

May 8th-10th, 2019. Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus. 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132 United States. 

“The Wildness and Carefulness of Writing a Novel.” Three day creative writing workshop with Moriel Rothman-Zecher.

Wednesday – Friday, May 8 – 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“In order to create a new universe — i.e., a novel — a writer needs a sense of recklessness, boldness, imagination, and wildness. But in order to tame this universe, to sharpen its logics, and to make enough sense out of its rhythms to tell a compelling story, a writer needs discipline, methodology, grit, and carefulness…”

More information about the workshop and registration here

Ohioana Book Festival | Columbus, OH

Saturday, April 27th, 2019. 10:30 AM. Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH. 

Panel: 10:30 AM. Debut Fiction: These authors published their first works of fiction in 2018 and 2019. Marcy Campbell, Ruth Emmie Lang, M.L. Mastran, Moriel Rothman-Zecher. Room 3A. (Link here). 

Prologue Bookshop | Columbus, OH

Thursday, April 25th, 2019. 7:00 PM. 841 N. High St., Columbus, OH. Reading and signing, in partnership with Ohioana Book Festival. (Link here). 

Franklin and Marshall College | Lancaster, PA

Monday, April 15th, 2019. 7:30 PM at the Writers House, Franklin and Marshall College, 637 College Ave, Lancaster, PA. 

Middlebury College | Middlebury, VT

Thursday, April 11th, 2019. 4:30 PM. Axinn Center Abernathy Room. (Link here). 

Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, the Program in Middle East Studies, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Religion Department, Creative Writing Program, Arabic Department and the Silberman Chair in Jewish Studies. Open to the public.

Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival | Naples, FL

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019. 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM @ 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road

Suite 2201, Naples, FL. (Jewish Book Council Network Program). Moriel Rothman-Zecher and Carol Zoref. (Link here).

Jewish Bookfair Author Series | Columbus, OH

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019. 12:00 PM. (Jewish Book Council Network Program). @ JCC Columbus, 1125 College Avenue, Columbus, OH. (Link here). 

Joseph Beth Booksellers | Cincinnati, OH

Sunday, February 24th, 2019. 2 PM. @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati OH. Paperback launch event for Sadness Is a White Bird. (Link here).

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School | Manhattan, NY

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018. Reading and discussion with a 12th AP literature grade class studying Sadness Is a White Bird.

National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ Ceremony | Manhattan, NY

Monday, November 12, 2018. 7:30 PM @ the Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th St, NYC.  ‘5 under 35’ award ceremony with authors Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (and selector Colson Whitehead), Hannah Lillith Assadi (and selector Claire Vaye Watkins), Akwaeke Emezi (and selector Carmen Maria Machado), Lydia Kiesling (and selector Samantha Hunt), and Moriel Rothman-Zecher (and selector Bill Clegg). Event put on by the National Book Foundation, and hosted by Natasha Lyonne. Panel moderated by Ben Greenman. (More info here).

Detroit Jewish Book Fair | Detroit, MI

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018. 1:00PM. (Jewish Book Council Network Program). Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit. D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building, Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus, 6600 W. Maple Rd. West Bloomfield, MI. (Link here).

Fountain Valley School | Colorado Springs, CO.

Friday, November 2, 2018. 12:45 PM. Reading and conversation with senior “Literature and film of conflict” class, as well as students from other classes at the high school.

Colorado College | Colorado Springs, CO

Thursday, November 1st, 2018. 7:00 PM. @ Colorado College, 14 E Cache La Poudre St, Colorado Springs, CO. Event sponsored and organized by Colorado College’s J Street U chapter. (Link here).

Friday, November 2nd, 2018. 10:45 AM. @ Colorado College. Reading and presentation to class on the history of Zionist-Arab relations, taught by Professor Michael Reimer

Books By the Banks: Cincinnati Regional Book Festival | Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, October 20th, 2018. Panel – 2:30 PM. @ Duke Energy Convention Center. 525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Room 211. (Link here). Will be at the book fair from 10AM – 4PM.

The Emporium | Yellow Springs, OH

Sunday, October 7th, 2018. 3:00PM @ The Emporium. 233 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH. (Link here).

Foundation for Middle East Peace | Washington, DC

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018. 10:00 AM @ 1319 18th Street NW

Washington, DC. Discussion facilitated by FMEP President Lara Friedman. (Link and RSVP form here).

Busboys and Poets | Washington, DC

Monday, October 1st, 2018. 6:30 PM @ Busboys and Poets. 450 K Street, NW, Washington, DC. Co-sponsored by the Clarendon Presbyterian Church and NoVA-UUJME. (Link here).

Baltimore Book Festival | Baltimore, MD

Sunday, September 30th, 2018. 4:00PM @ The Baltimore Book Festival. Inner Harbor Stage. Inside the Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD. (Link here).

Brooklyn Book Festival | Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, September 16th, 2018. 4:00PM. @ Main Stage on Borough Hall Plaza | Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY. (Link here).

Beit HaKerem | Jerusalem

Sunday, August 26th, 2018. 7:30 PM. Living room / salon event. RSVP via email.

IKAR Synagogue | Los Angeles, CA

Monday, August 13th, 2018. 7:30 PM. Living room / salon event organized by members of IKAR. (Link here; RSVP for event address).

Moe’s Books | BERKELEY, CA

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, 8:00 PM. Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA. In conversation with Ayelet Waldman. (Link Here).

UU Fellowship | Yellow Springs, OH 

April 8th, 2018, 11:00 AM. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 2884 US-68, Xenia, OH.

Gramercy Books | COLUMBUS, OH

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, 7:00 PM. Gramercy Books. 2424 East Main Street, Bexley, OH. (Link here).

Literati Bookstore | ANN ARBOR, MI

Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 7:00 PM. Literati Bookstore. 124 E Washington, Ann Arbor, MI. (Link here).

White Whale Bookstore | PITTSBURGH, PA

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, 7:30 PM. White Whale Bookstore. 4754 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA. (Link here).

Greenlight Bookstore | BROOKLYN, NY

Monday, February 19th, 2018, 7:30 PM. Greenlight Bookstore – Fort Greene Store. In Conversation with author Madeleine Thien. 686 Fulton street, BrooklynNY. (Link here). 

Cuyahoga Public Library | CLEVELAND, OH

Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 PM. Cuyahoga County Public Library – Beachwood Branch.  25501 Shaker Blvd. Beachwood, OH. (Link here). 

Seminary Co-op Bookstore | CHICAGO, IL

Tuesday, February 13th, 6:00 PM. Seminary Co-op Bookstore. 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL. (Link here).