Getting Romantic Comedy Write!
This session will be run by Mandy Nolan on Sun August 23rd at 12pm
Stand Up comedian and author Mandy Nolan will show you how to use comedy techniques to reframe serious situations with humour. Drawing on the absurdity of the every day, Nolan challenges writers to celebrate flawed and very human characters that reflect the struggles of the ‘Everywoman/man’. Humour has been called the shortest distance between two people – Nolan’s workshop illustrates how humour can connect a reader with their own glorious fallibility.
About your presenter:
Mandy Nolan is a comedian, speaker and author. She is a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, produces a weekly Soapbox video for Echonet (www.echonet.net.au) and writes regularly for The Hoopla. Over ten years Mandy has developed a high profile as an outrageously entertaining stand-up comedian who has successfully made the transition to print. To date, she has written three memoirs, the latest of which is Home Truths. Together with her husband Prof John Stevens, she has developed a program to help sufferers of dementia called Stand Up for Dementia. Watch the TEDx talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3okdyBNoB2k.
What prompted you to put together this workshop for Get Fresh in 15 conference?
Writers (both new and established) constantly asked me how to transfer humour from the mind to the page. They want to know how they can make their writing funnier. The workshop is a response to that need.
What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
The best part of the RWA conference is that delegates are primarily female. My audience is predominantly women. I am really looking forward to meeting hundreds of new readers and discovering many new (to me) authors. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and and anticipate that I will also go home with new skills.
What will participants take away from this session?
Humour is all around you. Your own life is the best source of inspiration for humour. Take the weird, the wonderful and the painful and transform it into a story you can share with your readers. It’s good therapy too! Women feel empowered and connected when they laugh at themselves with each other.
Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
If time permits, I will definitely do some hands on exercises. Alternatively, I will suggest some exercises delegates can practice at home. If there are any brave souls who would like to bring a short (no more than one-page) sample of their writing to read out loud for critique during the workshops, I am happy to do that as well.
Which members will benefit most from this session?
My session will be of benefit to new writers as well as experienced writers looking to infuse their work with more humour.
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
My latest release is Home Truths, a laugh-out-loud examination of home – from where we live, to how we live, for those of us who rent, buy, or those engaged in the world of home building and renovation. It is available on 1 April 2015. You can read more about it here: http://finch.com.au/books/home-truths. My other books are What I Would Do If I Were You and Boyfriends We’ve All Had (and Shouldn’t Have). You can also find out more about me on my website: www.mandynolan.com.au.
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