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“Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.”

--William Goldman

John Vorhaus

Speaker: John Vorhaus

Date: July 18, 2015

"How to be Funny, Even if You're Not"

No matter what you're writing, it helps to know how be funny when you need to be. In this short, sharply focused craft chat, John Vorhaus, author of THE COMIC TOOLBOX, will give you his ten best tips for being funny forever. Tips include "comedy is cruelty," "clash of context" and... oh, hell, I'm not giving away the store here in this blurb. Come to the event! If you think you're not funny, you're wrong. 

John Vorhaus is best known for his seminal comedy-writing textbook, THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT. He has written more than two dozen other works of fiction and non-fiction, including (with Annie Duke) DECIDE TO PLAY GREAT POKER, and the new novel POOLE'S PARADISE. He travels the world teaching and training writers (in 30 countries on five continents at last count) and secretly controls the world via his mailing list at www.tinyurl.com/JoinJVMail.

Upcoming speaker for August 15, 2015:

Jared Kuritz

Speaker: Jared Kuritz

"Business Modeling for Writers"

From the moment you plan to publish your book, you are starting a business. What is your business model?  What role will your book play in that model? How do you plan to create, deliver, and capture value from what you are bringing to market? How do you quantify what determines success? How do you gauge progress?  During this session, you will be taught how to pinpoint answers to these questions so that you can create a solid business model for your book and publish with a purpose.

Jared is a managing partner of STRATEGIES, a firm that focuses on literary development, business modeling, marketing, and public relations for traditional and small press authors of all genres. Jared is also the director of the La Jolla Writers Conference — dedicated to teaching writers about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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