The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

On Making the Sad Funny with Natalie Lima

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Traditions, University Club (view map)
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Personal Essays

About the Session

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.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of 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.