Writer, journalist, author, teacher
An experienced freelance writer, journalist, author, teacher, clay artist, avid gardener and cat lover, I have lived in Boston since 1989. I am the author, co-author or editor of seven nonfiction books, including: Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, published by Union Park Press in 2012, and, with co-author Beverly Ford, The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts, published in December 2011, by the History Press. I have also written books on the Boston Harbor Islands, Boston's fire history, the tragic Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire and the infamous Brink's robbery. For more on my books, see Works.
I freelance on a variety of topics, from lifestyle and travel to health and medical technology. I write a Dining Out Column for the Boston Globe North section and "ghost blog" for professors in MIT's Sloan School. I served as the politics and society editor for The Conversation.com/US, a start-up news and commentary web site that matches academic rigor with journalistic flare. For samples of my recent freelance writers, see RECENT ARTICLES on the lower left, below.
I also teach journalism and professional writing at Regis College in Weston and Lesley University in Cambridge and community education courses on freelance writing and history writing.
See Biography for more information.
BostonTalks: Happy Hour presents Sex and Our City on the Forum Network
SEX in OUR City I was recently part of the happy hour on Sex and Our City, talking about Boston's Combat Zone. See full link above and for a clip of me, paste this in your browser: https://sprcdn-assets.sprinklr.com/1104/f5d54feb-21ff-4045-87fc-488af02547c0-1072412697.mov
Freelance Writing Class
Please note: I am teaching an intensive class on Freelance Writing on Saturday, May 20 2017, at the Boston Center for Adult Education.
If you're looking for a dynamic speaker for your organization, group, library or club, please consider booking Stephanie Schorow
Drinking Boston: A historical pub crawl through the taverns, speakeasies and nightclubs of Boston.
From the drama of the "Blue Blazer" to the mystery of the "Ward 8," Stephanie serves up a cocktail of pop culture, history and anecdotes. Couple this with dinner and drinks and you'll have event that will have people talking. The talk covers Boston's drinking history, beginning in the Colonial period and continuing through Prohibition and into Boston's craft cocktail scene.
The Tragedy of the Cocoanut Grove Fire
This 1942 nightclub fire killed nearly 500 people and burned through the heart of Boston. Stephanie recounts the events that led to the fire, its investigation and its enduring mysteries. New information continues to come forward and Stephanie brings the latest to life. She also leaves time for people to share their stories of the Grove, making for a moving, interactive event.
The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums and Hideouts
With partner-in-crime Beverly Ford, Stephanie takes a walk on Boston's wild side with the bady boys of the Hub. The gals trace the history of organized crime in Boston from its roots in the 1910s and 1920s to the latest on Whitey Bulger and his convictions. With compassion for victims as well as intriguing details on the mobsters, Bev and Stephanie paint an indelible portait of the murder and mayhem.
Fire! Boston Burning
Stephanie looks at the fires that have shaped Boston's history from the Colonial period to the arson rings of the 1970s and 1980s.
The Crime of the Century: The Brink's Job
In January of 1950, a band of misfit thieves broke into the Brink's armored car headquarters in Boston's North End and pulled off the largest robbery in U.S. history. The Crime of the Century went unsolved for six years and police only cracked the case when one of the robbers turned stool pigeon. Much of the money was never recovered. Stephanie uses historical images, FBI evidence, movie clips and humor to bring the story of the Brink's heist to life.
Girls Night Out -- 1891 Style
In July of 1891, four intrepid woman spent 10 days sojourning on Great Brewster Island in Boston Harbor. One kept a diary which provides a fascinating look into the lives of women in the 1890s as well as the history -- flora, fauna and bovine -- of the Harbor Islands. Stephanie plays detective, tracking elusive details from the illustrated diary and invites the audiences to be sleuths along with her.
To see videos of various presentations, go to the Works section of this Web site and click on one of the books listed. To schedule a lecture, please email me at sschorow (at) comcast (dot) net