Kate Ristau

Kate Ristau is an author, folklorist, and the Executive Director of Willamette Writers. She is the author of three middle grade series, ClockbreakersMythwakers, and Wylde Wings, and the young adult series, Shadow Girl. You can read her essays in The New York Times and The Washington PostIn her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in a house in Oregon, where they found a sword behind the water heater and fairies in the backyard. Find her online at kateristau.com.

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It’s No Joke: Honing Humor in Your Work

June 6, 2024 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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Panelists: Erik Grove, Neve Maslakovic, Curtis C. Chen and Kate Ristau (moderator)
This is a panel that will discuss the merits of adding humor to any story, as well as the ways to do it in a nuanced way. A well-timed joke can break the ice and bring readers into a story but misplaced humor can do the opposite. Writing “funny” is serious business. From quips to pointed satire, comedy comes in many forms; this panel will offer a sample of them and discuss when and how to use them.
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