Date Track Session/Presenter/Description Location Time

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Why Funny Is Funny

Comedy writing is not a talent reserved only for those who are naturally funny. That’s because why funny content is funny is not mysterious or subjective. Instead, funny is funny for two simple reasons. Both of which can be easily identified and diagrammed. This means writing funny is learnable. It’s a skill that can be honed and relied upon every time you sit down to write. And if you are already writing funny, these two simple reasons will allow to you to write humor with greater confidence and freedom. This fast-paced, one-hour workshop will also reveal why anything and everything can be communicated in a funny way. Whatever is on your mind or in your heart — heartwarming, serious, profound, even tragic— will be more moving and memorable, even inspiring, for having
been presented in a way that makes your reader or audience laugh! If you want to be a writer of funny, this workshop should be your first stop.
Mulberry 10:50am to 11:50am

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

WRITING AND SELLING A NONFICTION BOOK

This 90-minute session examines how to write, and how to pitch for publication, a nonfiction book. These are two very different skills, but are fast becoming equally important. The writing of a nonfiction book involves not only focus – the shape and organization of the subject – but the tricky task of scheduling and conducting interviews. And once all the research is done, the hard part really begins. As for selling your proposed book to an agent or publisher, that involves a lot of work, too, using different sets of muscles and skills. 

NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross TV critic David Bianculli has written nonfiction books on TV since 1992, generating hefty book proposals and lengthy interview lists in the process, talking to everyone from Mel Brooks to Ken Burns. He’ll go through the process of both writing and pitching, with tips and warnings regarding both, conduct a classroom exercise on outline organization, and leave lots of time for Q&A.

Mulberry 1:55pm to 3:25pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Writing the Memoir that’s (at Least a Little Bit) Funny

If you are a memoirist or a writer of any sort of first person non-fiction, this workshop should be your next stop after attending Jonathan’s “Why Funny Is Funny.” What we’ll focus on: So many best-selling memoirs are, not coincidentally, humorous. So we will focus on what it takes to write your life in a way that makes your reader smile or even laugh out loud. First, we’ll look at how to present the funny adventures and anecdotes from your life in such a way that no one thinks, “Well, I guess you had to be there.” Secondly, we’ll map out how to present the adversities (even tragedies) from your life story, with humor, but without being crass or jokey. Because, as we will discuss, the opposite is possible: When correctly presented, the moment we laugh can be the moment when meaning is most illuminated.
Mulberry 3:35pm to 5:05pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

The Power of Scene to Bring Your Story Alive

When you write a memoir, you have to choose from an overwhelming amount of memories to find the themes that focus your story. You begin with your passion and the joy of writing your story and then need to decide what to include and how to move from telling to showing.

Scenes are the engine of a story. Scenes invite bring readers into the now moment and allow them to walk in your shoes and experience life as you lived it. We’ll talk about the necessary elements in a scene and how you can use them to get the reader involved in your story.

We will begin with an exercise that helps you select your important moments and themes and move into writing a scene.

Sycamore 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

How to Use Primary Sources to Construct a Nonfiction Narrative in Graphic Form

Description coming soon.

Maple 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Power, Presence, and Transformation in Memoir

Writing a memoir is an opportunity to explore your life and how life has shaped you into who you are. When you write your story, it is like an archeological dig that reveals the past in a new light. This process can be deeply transformative as we discover the power of our words, and the power of our truths. Memoirists struggle with truth, family, the inner critic—all issues that challenge us. We’ll talk about solutions to those challenges and how to keep writing forward.

Sycamore 2:50pm to 3:50pm