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Lori Soderlind, M.F.A. - Manhattanville College. Purchase, NY, US

Lori Soderlind, M.F.A. Lori Soderlind, M.F.A.

Director, Creative Writing Program | Manhattanville College


Lori Soderlind is an expert in the areas of journalism, nonfiction, and memoir writing.





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Lori Soderlind is an award-winning essayist and journalist, and author of two books of creative nonfiction: "Chasing Montana: A Love Story" and most recently "The Change: My Great American, Postindustrial, Midlife Crisis Tour," which has been named a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in memoir. Her essay “66 Signs” is included in Norton’s anthology of Best Creative Nonfiction. She has taught for the past 20 years in the areas of journalism, nonfiction, and memoir writing at schools including Columbia University, SUNY Albany, Western Connecticut State University, and Norwalk Community College, where she ran the Communications Arts Program and chaired the Humanities Department.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Memoir Writing

Creative nonfiction


Education (2)

Columbia University: M.F.A., Creative Nonfiction Writing 1997

Lehigh University: B.A., English and Journalism 1986

Selected Media Appearances (2)

Stephanie Powell Watts moderates first Notations series writing panel

The Brown and White  


At the age of 7, Lehigh alumna Lori Soderlind, ’86, launched her writing career with an essay about the marriage of her two stuffed mice. However, at the Writing Life: Inspiration and Invention panel discussion on Tuesday, Soderlind said she thinks authors don’t have much to write about until they have gathered years of life experience.

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Manhattanville to offer graphic novel workshop

The Harrison Review  


“These workshops are a great entryway for someone to introduce themselves to the mechanics of graphic narrative and novels,” said Lori Soderlind, director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College, who is spearheading the program’s graphic novel instruction. “When word and image are combined, we have a new narrative that takes the reader on a completely different journey. We are seeing steady demand for these programs and have brought leaders in the graphic novel space to Manhattanville for this workshop, our summer writers week program, and plan to introduce year-round graphic novel instruction...”

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Selected Articles (1)

For the Love of a Dog

The New York Times


Love and loss: the twin preoccupations of life and literature. Humans crave love that is lasting, loyal, perhaps even redemptive, and yet we find ourselves heartbroken time and again. Fortunately, when things are really bad, we can always get a puppy...

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