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Meeting ID: 845 4944 0791
WHAT’S IT FOR?
This is an open group for anyone who writes fiction, poetry, plays and other kinds of storytelling texts to share their work, and then give and receive constructive feedback.
Because of time constraints, we usually accept 5 readings, up to max 8 minutes each. We then dedicate roughly the same amount of time to giving verbal feedback.
Credit for Julia's photo: Albert Zawada
Photo credit: Antonio Orenda. Insta @luxembourg_photographer
What makes people laugh? Why? And how can I harness this in my writing?
“Laughter is the sun that drives the winter from the human face”, wrote Victor Hugo. It lifts the soul and is a great leveller, as Victor Borge wrote: “Laughter is the closest distance between two people.”
But for many writers, what can be funny to us, may not be funny for our readers. Knowing what triggers laughter and applying this knowledge to our writing, can add a new dimension to our work and help us engage readers.
Whether you are writing to entertain or share an important message, there are no limits to the applications of humourous writing.
What is more, the stress and strain of the pandemic mean the world is looking for humour as a release mechanism. As teacher and stand-up comedian Dean Lewis says: “When the covid-19 measures ease, people will be crying out for comedy!”
This three-hour workshop developed by Jess Bauldry for Writers Who Talk asbl is aimed at creative writers who are newcomers to humorous writing. It will explain the key ingredients of laughter and will take participants through some techniques to generate humour and laughter in their writing. The workshop will focus on humour in character development, word play and exaggeration while giving an overview of the spectrum of humour and elements that can add humour to a text.
About the instructor
Jess Bauldry is a UK/Luxembourg national who has worked as a journalist for the past 15 years. She writes short stories and four years ago began a journey to inject more humour in her writing. Since then, she has been a regular performer of stand-up comedy in Luxembourg and abroad, has trained with American comedians Judy Carter and Dean Lewis as well as UK comics Sally Holloway, Jane Postlethwaite and Tired ‘n’ Tested’s Sophie McCartney.
This workshop is about how to motivate creative effort, particularly (but not limited to) writing. It is based on the research done over twenty-five years with a host of successful artists on their implicit motives and their creative process.
Implicit motives are the nonconscious emotional drives that energize, select, drive, and direct patterns of behavior over time. They are your sources of emotional energy, and thus have a large impact on what you do. However, because they are not conscious, motives can act both to promote and to derail productivity.
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the nature of implicit motives in creators, to help you identify your own motivation, and to discuss methods for taking best advantage of the motives you already have, and the creative styles you prefer. We can also discuss different myths associated with creativity, and how to use motives as a tool for creating compelling characters.
There is no one way to be a creator, and my own research backs this up, so we will discuss what helps you work best. As Kipling wrote: “There are nine and sixty ways/of constructing tribal lays/and every single one of them is right!”
Steve Kelner is a motivational psychologist, assessor and developer of people, and a writer - not necessarily in that order. After seven years of research studying published writers, inspired by his wife, award-winning mystery writer and bestselling editor Toni L. P. Kelner (AKA Leigh Perry), he published the first edition of the book Motivate Your Writing!, which collected formal psychological research (as well as his own) into writing, creativity, goal-setting, and related issues into a practical work aimed at people who wish to increase their artistic productivity. In the 15 years since publishing the book, he has appeared at numerous conferences, coached and developed writers’ groups, and worked with individual writers and artists in other fields, and as a consequence updated the book and put it out this year in its second edition in ebook form, having done extensive editing and providing additional content based on the input and findings of other artists (including his two children, an animator and a musician). The new edition is available in various formats here.
Kelner has himself published numerous nonfiction articles on leadership, competencies, assessment, development, and motivation, as well as short mystery fiction. He is working on a proposal called Climbing Everest, on how to evaluate top executive leadership and develop oneself to get there, based on his 30+ years as a practitioner and authority in leadership.
He is currently President of Ascent Leadership Networks, LLC, which develops leaders and organizations in ways that matter (ascent.net).
Places are limited. The zoom link will be sent to participants one day before the event.
Price for non-members: 10 euros.
The event is free for members of Writers Who Talk asbl who are already registered and in good standing one week before the event.
Virtual Bootcamp: Writing for Children
Join Luxembourg children’s author Isabelle Marinov for this online talk aimed at writers and readers on 20 February, from 10:30am-1pm.
Isabelle published two picture books in January 2021: “The Box Whose Head was Filled With Stars”, through Enchanted Lion Books, and “Leo and the Octopus”, through Templar Publishing. Her agent is also currently approaching publishers with her middle grade novel. Prior to that she has written a number of picture books and screenplays.
During this bootcamp, Isabelle will read from her books, talk about her approach to writing and the process of getting published. Plus, she’ll share some writing exercises that participants will work on during the bootcamp.
This online workshop is aimed at writers of all levels. It is conducted in English and organised by Writers Who Talk asbl.
Participation is free for members of Writers Who Talk, and €10 for non-members. The zoom link will be sent to participants one day before.
Cancellations are possible via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reimbursements are only possible up to 17/02/2021.