A Series of Memoir Insights – Are You Funny?
Four lectures/seminars/conversations that explore the whole range of fun challenges for those interested or curious about writing Memoir. They are related ideas subdivided into two one-hour topics per session, broken up by the stretch-your-legs mid-break.
*The seminars: July 6, 13, 20 & 27
Are you funny? Your life is funny; your sense of humor is riotously funny; the people in your life are funny. But can you write a Memoir that makes people laugh because the writing is funny? We’ll test that out. How to know if your “funny” life can be a ”funny” memoir? (I can ask 3 jokes, and based on your laugh response, reliably predict if you can write funny … It’s a Bill Bryson/Calvin Trillin exercise. Can you write this Bryson sentence ,or at least wish you had written it: “Hunters will tell you that a moose is a wily and ferocious forest creature. Nonsense. A moose is a cow drawn by a three-year-old.”
We can use Bryson’s style as the classic example of how to construct funny writing
Part 2: Getting published: So you have written a brilliant Memoir. But how do you get it published? What should you know about picking a self-publisher (potholes and worse); How not to pay too much for your book to be published, how much should you expect to get from it financially and emotionally; how to seek the right service package from a self-publisher;
How to find a traditional publisher because this book will make a billion dollars (which actually means how to find an agent).
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