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Natalie Lima

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow 2020

About Natalie Lima

Natalie Lima is a 2016 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow and a VONA/Voices alum. She is 2019 alum of the winter Tin House Workshops and will be attending the summer workshop in July. She is a first-generation college graduate of Northwestern University and an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona, where she teaches introduction to fiction writing and freshman composition. Her essays and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Longreads, Catapult, Brevity, The Offing, and elsewhere. She is currently writing a dark humor memoir-in-essays about the absurdities of living in a body.

Find Conference Sessions with Natalie Lima

On Making the Sad Funny
Natalie Lima

Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location: Traditions, University Club
Type: Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Personal Essays

When we write about ourselves, in memoir and autofiction, it is easy to weigh down the reader with the darkness and drama in our lives. Humor is a way to create balance in tone. In this generative session, join essayist and short story writer, Natalie Lima, on an exploration of ways to use humor in our stories, particularly when writing about tough subject matter. This group will use prompts and short readings from contemporary funny writers to see the diversity of ways to add levity to our work.