A Poet, a Clown, and a Comic Walk Into a Bar: A Crash Course in Writing Funny Poems with Tiffany Midge
For beginning or practiced poets who want to take time out to think seriously about being funny, and who want to write new poems, this ninety-minute workshop is designed to introduce participants to the various nuts and bolts of humor writing that "punch up" against systems of oppression.
Few other forms of writing are as maligned and/or misunderstood as the memoir. In this workshop, we’ll dispel some of the myths about memoirs. For one, they’re not someone’s whole life story. And, for two, people don’t have to be in their dotage to write one.
This workshop will take a close look at the revision process. Participants should expect to leave with a packet of revision techniques and a poem or short piece of prose narrative that has gone through a close revision. Instructors will talk about the importance of revision and the process and show examples of revised poems and prose from well-known authors and their own work. We will also discuss the different creative geniuses used to write the first draft and to make revisions. All levels of writing welcome!
You can write a narrative all the way to the end and still not be able to say what it is about. Uh-oh. Learn how to capture the essence of a story in a few clear sentences. That analysis becomes a North Star for your character and plot development. It is your way into drafting or revising a story, and it's your way into convincing someone they really should read it.
Danica Winters is a Publishers Weekly, Walmart, and Amazon bestselling author who has won lots of awards. You can regularly see her at conferences and publishing events where she will expound on all things publishing. (She is a nerd, but a cool one.) In addition to making SPS a smooth-operating company, she makes sure it also is comprised of happiness, teamwork and general fun. When she's not at her desk, she makes time for her regular shenanigans and work stuff. Basically, she is one badass boss lady.