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Modern Love, or The Great Existential Actuality at the End of Your Universe
$45.00 – $90.00
This course is part of our 2021 Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival (SSSF) and will be held via Crowdcast. The fees from ABC’s adult writing workshops subsidize our free writing programs for kids, whose work is collected in a yearly anthology, and pay our adult workshop instructors.
ABC board member, Timothy Braun, has had the honor of being one of six writers to be published by the New York Times Modern Love column twice. His stories were selected for a special Modern Love podcast that was released the day after the 2020 presidential election “just in case people needed a distraction.” In this class, Braun will demonstrate how he applies playwriting technique to non-fiction and memoir essays, with a focus on how he wrote his pieces for Modern Love, where the personal is dramatically universal and the wants collide with our needs in actuality. Students will need paper, pen, and a deep-down existential crisis. At the end of our two hours session, students will have a minimum of two “scenes” or “moments” on paper to build off of and develop their own personal essays. Trigger warning: Braun has several “monsters” in his closet and one might appear during this soirée.
This Austin Bat Cave adult writing seminar is open to writers of all levels and will be recorded.
About the Instructor
Timothy Braun teaches Dramatic Writing and Introduction to Creative Writing in the Department of Literature, Writing, and Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Santa Fe Art Institute, Edward F. Albee Foundation, Ucross, and has been a Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing Fellow at Arizona State University. His plays and operas have been produced across North America, Europe, and Asia. The New York Times, American Theatre Magazine, Huffingtonpost, Austin Monthly, The Texas Standard, The Bigger Picture, and Austin Chronicle have published his essays. Braun is a member of Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab, and an alum of Forward/Story. Braun is a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, George is his favorite Beatle, and Braun serves on the Board of Directors of Austin Bat Cave. He hates writing in the third person. More at timothybraun.com.