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April 17-19, 2020

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Signing for Advice from a ToasterThe 27-Hour Day, and How to Be Funny & Make People Fat

Conference Admission

Location: DoubleTree, Colorado Springs, CO

April 22, 2020 6:15-8:15PM

Pikes Peak Writers Workshop: "Zen and the Art of Parody"

Signing for Advice from a Toaster

Free Admission

21c Library, 5261 Kenosha Pass Ct, Colorado Springs, CO

Workshops for Writers

Welcome, Jokers, Jesters, and Knights of Comedy! Whether you are a new humorist or a writer who has slain many a literary dragon, this Castle of Comedy welcomes you!

Please note that some events may require ticketing or reservations, so please sign up early before all the seats are gone.

For more information on these and future events, please contact somebody@bexly.org.

Zen and the Art of Parody

 

Create a standout short story for your next anthology or magazine submission by embracing the art of parody. Why? Because parody utilizes elements that are familiar to fans/audiences of that genre and then brings a fresh twist that will encourage them to look at what they know in a new (and funny) light. This workshop will show you how parody works, how to boost your humor, and how to break out of your comfort zone to tell a unique tale. Though we’ll focus on short form for this workshop, the skills you’ll learn can easily be adapted to novel-length works. Find your funny with the art of parody!

2020 Dates:

  • Tuesday , April 22, 2020 at the 21c Library in Colorado Springs. 

H.A.: The 12 Steps of Funny Workshop

The decision to be funny is a brave undertaking, as humor can be one of the most challenging styles to write. Whether you are thinking about adding levity to your current writing genre or breaking out into a new world of comedy, this twelve-step program will teach you how to embrace your humor, develop your own comic voice, and bring it to the world via your writing.

Note for introverts: While this workshop is lecture-based, there are some interactive elements. Although no one will have to stand up in front of the class, participants should be prepared to at least recite the pledge to be funny aloud with other attendees.

2020 Dates:

  • TBD

The Comedy of Critique

Writing is lonely work, and there can be tremendous value in gathering together routinely with other writers in a sacred ritual known as Critique Group. These collectives of writing geniuses can be very helpful for authors to polish their manuscripts and expand their craft. It can also be a lot of work to build the right relationships and chemistry. This workshop, using humor and wit, will walk participants through the basics of what is involved in critique, how to make it work for you, and how to know when your critique group is just not into you (or your book). Participants will take away helpful tips and share a few laughs along the way.

2020 Dates:

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs. Registration: For Conference Attendees Only.

 

Mastering Book Signing Presentations (for Introverts)

No matter whether the author follows the traditional publishing path or goes independent, it’s only a matter of time before a book signing, reading, or other public promotional event is scheduled. For authors who weren’t born with the gift of gab and the flamboyant nature that makes public presenting a joy instead of a chore, there is hope. And that hope is online sales. Meanwhile, facing the promotion of your work in public doesn’t have to be scary. This workshop will teach the shy and introverted alike some simple techniques for facing an audience of potential readers, how to answer common questions, and perhaps to sell a book or two along the way. This workshop will include audience participation in role play scenarios, but don’t worry. You won’t have to promote your book this time.

Bonus: This session will also include the comedy skit: Pre-Scripted Responses for Questions Authors Hate

2020 Dates:

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs. Registration: For Conference Attendees Only.

It's Funny You Mention It...


You don't have to be a humorist to add a laugh or two to your current project. There are some simple techniques through dialogue that can help you boost your work in progress with a touch of wit. Whether you're writing romance, science-fiction, or horror, humor in dialog can add depth to your characters, kick up the energy of the scene, and promote tension. Learn how you can add a little comedic zing to your dialog without losing your signature voice.

2020 Dates:

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs. Registration: For Conference Attendees Only.