Writing Against Your Material

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Writing Against Your Material

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How do we write about our most tragic experiences with levity, or turn simple observations into outrageous comedy? This workshop will explore how to write against your material in creative nonfiction—that is, how to create dissonance between your tone and your subject matter in order to maximize your stories’ emotional impact. We’ll look at scenes from great memoirs and essays that use this counterintuitive tool, including work by Kiese Laymon, Patricia Lockwood, David Sedaris, and Alexandra Fuller. Then we’ll try writing some scenes from our own lives, practicing the art of scaling back our language for the heaviest moments and ramping it up to make a mundane moment hilarious.

  • Instructor: Christy Lynch

  • Length of workshop: 3 hours

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 2

  • Time: 2 - 5 pm

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

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Christy Lynch is a memoir and humor writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, and her comedic essays have been featured in live storytelling productions such as Tenx9 Nashville, That Time of the Month, Life Out Loud, and others. She's an editor by trade, as well as an MFA candidate at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Find out more at christy-lynch@com and @christylynchpin.