Workshops For Adults

For Adults & Teachers

Jana is an accomplished speaker. She can speak to your group on a variety of subjects. She holds a Masters in Education and can talk about ESL/SEI issues and how to incorporate writing into a fabulous ESL program. As a former Refugee Resettlement Counselor, Jana can speak about the joys of working with refugees. As a former teenage volunteer, she is the quintessential poster child for teenage volunteerism. Jana has spoken about diversity at a variety of Diversity Days at many schools based on her book Weeping Under This Same Moon. She has been keynote speaker to children, teens and counselors affected by terrorism and war.

In addition, Jana has spoken at many churches and synagogues on the spiritual side of writing  ~ Writing as a Spiritual Practice.

She is on staff at IS183 Art School in Stockbridge, MA and teaches writing workshops both there and at Arrowhead; Herman Melville’s home in the Berkshires where she is Writer-In-Residence. Jana can teach memoir, journaling, fiction, historical fiction, essays, etc. And, she loves to visit book clubs, either in person or virtually and will happily speak at your book club meeting.

Jana Laiz is an award-winning publisher and can speak on those topics. From self-starter to award-winning publisher with seven books to her credit, several award-winners and two optioned for film, Jana has much to share on this very hot topic.

She is available to speak at your venue. Give her a call!

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Jana's Past Appearances~


Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Saltwater Festival
Valley Reads Six City-Wide Reading Program
Questar Library Services

Radio Interviews

WAMC with Joe Donohue & Allen Chartock
WBCR with Barbara & Graham Dean
WBCR with Jeanne Basis

Speaking Engagements

Keynote Speaker
Refugee Work...Going outside one's comfort zone to help others
International Rescue Committee, NYC
Project Common Bond/Tuesday’s Children, Bryn Mawr College, PA
Regis Jesuit High School Diversity Day, Aurora, CO
Mackintosh Academy, Denver, CO

A Writer's Life
White Plains Rotary Club
Southern Berkshire Rotary Club
College Club, Dalton, MA
Harrison High School, Harrison, NY

Writing As A Spiritual Practice
Zion Lutheran Church, Bronx, NY
Unitarian Universalist, Pittsfield, MA
 Unitarian Universalist, Braintree, MA
Church in The Highlands, White Plains, NY
Hevreh, Great Barrington, MA

Spoutwood Festival Chautauqua
Ghent Ontatio Faerie Festival
New York Faerie Festival
Maryland Faerie Festival

Appearance for Community Reads Award
Monterey Reads, Monterey, MA
Valley Reads, Stillwater MN
Monument Mountain High School, Great Barrington, MA



San Miguel Writer’s Conference,
Albany Children’s Book Festival
Hudson Children’s Book Festival
ABA Festival Knoxville, TN
Ashley House, Ashley Falls, MA
Berkshire Atheneum, Pittsfield, MA
Ramsdale Library, Housatonic, MA
Mason Library, Great Barrington, MA
Sheffield Library
Saltwater Irish Festival, Maine
Glasgowlands Celtic Festival, Northampton, MA
Guelph Ontario Faerie Festival
Historic Deerfield
Becket Library‚Äč
New York Faerie Festival
Girl Scouts of New York
Words Are Wonderful, Williamstown, MA
Lanesborough Elementary School
St. Paul High School, MN
Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, CO
Ray School, Chicago
Curl Up & Read, Pittsfield, MA
Papyri Books, Adams, MA
Stockbridge Booksellers
Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady, NY
Bookhouse of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Lenox Library
Norwich Academy, Norwich, CT
Dalton Library, Dalton, MA
ALA Midwinter Meeting
Red Maple Books, Ghent, NY
Borders, Pittsfield, White Plains, Holyoke
Barnes & Noble, Pittsfield, White Plains
Bronx High School
Readapalooza, Pittsfield, MA
Southwest CT Book Expo
St. Croix Country Day School, USVI 
Smithville Irish Festival, NJ
Susan B. Anthony homestead, Adams, MA
Colegio Roosevelt, Lima, Peru
Sheffield Senior Center
Sea Girt Irish Festival,
Maryland Faerie Festival