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Online Class | Making Memoir Funny

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.

All Levels | In writing about pivotal life events and transitions, it’s easy to forget that moments of comedy often happen right alongside darker ones. But finding and writing those funny moments is a way to add color and depth to your story, to connect more deeply with readers, and even to help them approach or navigate difficult subject matter. We’ll look at writers who use humor as a tool for illumination and empathy, and use what we learn to generate some laughter of our own. We’ll also spend some time discussing and working with the common fears associated with being funny about serious matters.

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Instructor: Kristi Coulter

Class Type: 1 Session


Start Date: 05/03/2020

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

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Kristi Coulter

Kristi Coulter is the author of the memoir NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS (MCD x FSG), a 2018 finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She has been in residency at the Ragdale Foundation and Mineral School and is the recipient of a grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Elle, Alaska Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal, DAME, The Believer, and elsewhere. Kristi holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award and the Stephen Farrar and Roy Cowden Fellowships. She has taught writing at the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, and Hugo House. Her forthcoming book, EXIT INTERVIEW (MCD x FSG), is a literary memoir of her decade-long career as an Amazon executive.

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