Session and Speaker Preview: Amy Fish, How To Be Funny In Creative Nonfiction (Or Loosen the Fu*k Up!)

amy fishAs a teacher, speaker, blogger, and award-winning writer, Amy Fish has provided inspiration for many. She’s also well-known on national television and radio as a complaints expert. In How To Be Funny In Creative Nonfiction (Or Loosen the Fu*k Up!), Amy will be demonstrating how to liven up writing through humor. She spoke to us about returning to HippoCamp for its second year.

Hippocampus: Please share something with us that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

Amy: In our workshop you will get six practical tips for making your work funnier. We may show you some clips of funny stuff and we may read from our own (funny) work.

Tell us who would benefit most from your session and why.

The more tragic your subject matter, the more you need humor to reach your audience. If you think your work couldn’t possibly be funny, come and see us. We love a challenge.

What is your best advice for those attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

My best advice is to keep a running reading list throughout the weekend. As people mention books, authors and articles, keep them all together. I had so much material to follow up on when I got home!!

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the HippoCamp?

I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again PLUS meeting lots of new people.

Please share some thoughts on why you’re excited to return for another year.

I missed the whoopie pies last year but got a great pair of shoes in town. I’m looking forward to a second chance with both.

What’s on your personal conference agenda?

I don’t want to miss Veronica Park’s session “All Hook and No Plot.” Apart from having a great sense of what sells, Veronica is hilarious and a pleasure to listen to.

What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lancaster?

I’m definitely going back to the market – although probably not at the crack of dawn!! And the people watching in Lancaster is second to none – it’s a hipster, Amish, microbrewery paradise.


Register today to join us for HippoCamp 2016 this August!