"This RESONATES with me, big time. I'm so glad you wrote this essay!" LitHub reader • “Excellent article with some extremely interesting referencing to literature and popular culture. Many thanks.” The Guardian reader • “Fascinating — and sobering — article. Thanks for doing this research, Lorraine.” Talking Writing reader • "Yes, yes, A THOUSAND TIMES YES. I think you hit the nail on the head..." LitHub reader • “Holy Shit! You wrote the article I’ve been making everyone read! Thank you!” Raw Story reader • “Thank you, Lorraine. This was a thoughtful and important piece. The responses you received indicate more work to do in this area. Brava!” Talking Writing reader
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...has worked as (among other things) creative director for two ad agencies (and VP of one), a television commercial producer/director, a graphic designer, copywriter, and scriptwriter. Rob has produced hundreds of television spots, radio ads and videos, and countless print ads, brochures and corporate collateral pieces. He is especially well-versed in healthcare and financial marketing.
...is a former creative writing professor for the State University of New York.
She is a well-known book reviewer and writer, covering such broad topics as social justice,
women's studies, and British football. She also writes feature articles for
education, non-profits and businesses.
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The Washington Post: “Six novels that get to the truth of World War I” On the centenary of the end of World War I, Lorraine was asked by the Washington Post to recommend six books about the conflict, books that were not as well-known to American audiences. Presenting a mixture of novels that were written by returning soldiers shortly after the war’s end to modern tellings, including one written by J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson, Lorraine’s list sparked fierce debate among readers.
ReWire News: "Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl” by Jeannie Vanasco Lorraine reviewed this searing memoir for ReWire News. When Vanasco was in college and grieving the death of her father, her best friend, “Mark,” raped her. Ten-plus years after the events of that night, Vanasco contacts Mark in order to get answers to questions that have haunted her, and to hold him accountable for what he did.
Washington Post: “A Look at the Maps that Shaped Our World” Accompanied by gorgeous images taken from the book, the Washington Post devoted an entire page to Lorraine’s review of this beautiful history of maps. “In his gorgeous book, “Theater of the World,” Thomas Reinertsen Berg provides dozens of full-color maps along with fascinating details about the history of attempts to represent geographical space.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “Erosion” by Terry Tempest Williams Terry Tempest Williams has been one one of America’s foremost environmental activists and a chronicler of her experiences growing up in the Western United States. Lorraine reviews Williams’ latest collection, a series of essays that explore the process of erosion. Erosion’s impact on the landscape is speeding up as weather conditions become more extreme, but the emotional heart of this memoir is the effect of erosion on the human spirit and Williams’ luminous prose.
ReWire: “Tell Me How It Ends” by Valeria Luiselli Luiselli was the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur “Genius” grant, recognition of her talent as a writer and her dedication to the issues of human rights. In this memoir of her time spent working as a translator for children testifying on their own behalf in Immigration Court, Luiselli challenges readers to justify a system that demands that children as young as three plead their own cases in front of judges.
Crime Reads: “The Power and the Pain of Post-Apocalyptic Detective Fiction” This essay for Crime Reads allowed Lorraine to examine the phenomenon of multiple post-apocalyptic novels being written and released in the past several years. She focused her attention specifically on detective novels where the detectives attempt to solve crimes after the end of the world. Lorraine argued that the figure of the detective becomes the chief mourner for the horrendous losses of life suffered in world-ending catastrophes.
Marie Claire: "How 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' Came into Its Own" Appearing in the June, 2017 issue of Marie Claire (and online), Lorraine Berry's interview with Samantha Bee and (now former) show-runner Jo Miller looks at the unique mix of talents and personalities that have made "Full Frontal" a major voice in both comedy and commentary.
Vox: "I had a miscarriage. Fetal burial rules would only amplify my grief." As writer Celeste Ng said, "A brutal, beautiful, and necessary essay." Lorraine wrote, “…miscarriage is not a loss that people feel comfortable commenting upon. Ours is a culture that has no ritual for acknowledging the loss of a pregnancy. When I spoke at a Unitarian church about my miscarriage during a Mother’s Day service, word got back to me that many women appreciated my honesty.”
The Guardian: "The horror of female adolescence – and how to write about it." “The Girl on the Train; Gone Girl; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: much has been made of the “girl” titles in the past few years.” Lorraine Berry in The Guardian: "Why does literature so often depict the onset of sexuality – or indeed any aspect of girls’ growing up – as a strange, feverish thing? Two recent novels, by women, are redressing the balance with heartfelt depictions of teenagers that ring true."
LitHub: "We Are All Sisyphus: Lorraine explores her family history through a series of books about football (soccer) in this essay for LitHub that appeared during a summer of international championships. She writes about the intensity of team loyalties in Great Britain (and her own family’s loyalty to Manchester teams) and the ways that football has allowed even the tiniest of countries to challenge world powers on the pitch.
Raw Story: "Remember Binghamton — the 2009 mass shooting mainstream media still ignores."
You spend thousands on a new logo and your marketing of it. In Your Logo: Rule Number One, Rob looks at how, in one particular case, a basic guideline should not have been overlooked.
Part 1 of Lorraine's recent "Writing in the Sand" tutorial about drawing creative writing inspiration from visual images. Lorraine is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Raw Story, LitHub, Talking Writing and others. More at ambersands.net and www.facebook.com/ambersandscreative.com
Part 2 of Lorraine's recent "Writing in the Sand" tutorial about drawing creative writing inspiration from visual images.
In Red Jell-O & Customer Satisfaction, amberSands Creative's Rob Stiene points out that keeping your client (and often your co-workers or staff) happy can mean paying attention to Red Jell-O moments and issues.
Sometimes getting started is the hardest part of writing. As part of her "Writing in the Sand" series, Lorraine talks about how making the abstract real is sometimes a great way to begin.
Marketing is a conversation. But sometimes a conversation is not what it appears to be, as seen in Rob's tale of two business cards.
Billboards and...Sugar: A memorable tip about persuading anyone to keep his or her out-of-home advertising short and sweet!