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Humor Writers Weekend
Mark your calendar for HUMOR WRITERS WEEKEND, which is scheduled for September 27-29, 2019! This year’s Writers Weekend will focus largely on humor writing. Keynote speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post humor columnist GENE WEINGARTEN on Friday, September 27, SCOTT DIKKERS, founding editor of The Onion and author of several books about humor writing, on Saturday evening, September 28, and GINA BARRECA, internationally syndicated humor columnist, author of IF YOU LEAN IN, WILL MEN JUST LOOK DOWN YOUR BLOUSE, and a professor of English at the University of Connecticut on Saturday morning, September 28.
Dikkers will run an exclusive humor writing intensive workshop on Sunday, September 29, with separate $200 admission. (Humor Writers Weekend ticket holders pay $100.)
Writers Weekend is $300, with discounts for members of The MTH&M and Let’s GO Arts! cardholders.
Writing Workshop Leaders
Terry Wolfisch Cole
Ira Glass of This American Life says, “Great stories happen to people who know how to tell them.” Whether you want to tell your story on stage, in a business meeting, or with your grandchildren on your lap, storyteller Terry Wolfisch Cole will teach you skills to captivate listeners and engage any audience. Terry is a Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion. Her story about running away from home was featured on the Moth Radio Hour on NPR and in Readers Digest. She is the founder of Tell Me Another: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Stories, a storytelling show in Hartford.
Telling stories is what writers do on the page, but in today’s world, the work rarely ends on the page. Being able to speak effectively and memorably to audiences, promote your work, pitch your ideas to publishers, and build a platform will go a long way to determining your success or failure. Understanding how to craft personal stories about your journey, your craft, and your life is critical to reaching potential readers, editors, and publishers.
Brenna Harvey was one of the winners of the 2017 Mark Twain House & Museum Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest. She is an author, comedy performed with Sea Tea Improv, and is working on her PhD in sociology at the University of Connecticut. As a college student, Brenna co-founded and eventually directed the long form improv troupe Horse Lincoln, where she studied with coaches from the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theater in New York City. She writes and performs sketch comedy with the New England sketch troupe Sunny’s Cafe. Her short fiction is published in OMGQueer and The Long River Review.
When you do something hysterically funny but also seriously stupid and embarrassing, do you look around and hope nobody’s been watching? Or do you think, Now that would be great material for a humor piece! If it’s the latter, then you’re on the right track! I’ve turned the death-defying college application process into a humor memoir, and my futile struggle with a Babybjorn Carrier into a column. Hank can help you do the same with your “material.”
Hank Herman is the author of Accept My Kid, Please! A Dad’s Descent Into College Application Hell, an acclaimed humor memoir, and Super Hoops, a 15-book series of basketball novels for kids. He also writes an award-winning humor column, “The Home Team,” as well as a blog, “Beagle Man,” both for Hearst Newspapers. Hank is a writing instructor at the Mark Twain House and at Trinity College.
Roger S.H. Schulman
Roger Shulman cowrote the animated feature Shrek, for which he won the British Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). He cowrote the animated feature Balto for executive producer Steven Spielberg, as well wrote the direct-to-video projects Mulan II and The Jungle Book 2 for Disney. Roger has also worked as a producer and writer for television. He co-created the Disney Channel series JONAS and was executive producer of 2gether for MTV and Living Single with Queen Latifah. He’s currently cowriting a pilot for HBO with Tom Hanks.A certified coach, Roger partners with business writers to “bring the Hollywood” of narrative and character to their work, and to better manage the journey and stresses of the writer’s life.