Developing a Column to Make Your Voice Heard
Saturday, June 27, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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Herb Caen. Ring Lardner. Jon Carroll. Hedda Hopper. Art Hoppe. Art Buchwald. Walter Winchell. Columns are the most personal form of journalism. They inform and inspire and strike controversy. They can make you laugh out loud.
What’s the formula? There is none. Every columnist must reach down and find her/his own voice. Kevin’s workshop is a challenge for you to find that voice, and to find what it is that you want to talk about. There will be a series of prompts (for after all, what is a writing workshop without prompts?) to get you to think about who you are, what story you want to tell, and how to get somebody interested in the telling.
Along the way, Kevin will talk about his column, the downside of generating 750 words every week, and yet how nice it is for readers to send him crayons and bake him caramel bundt cakes.
Kevin Fisher-Paulson writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Voice of the West.
Kevin’s work has appeared in three books: A Song for Lost Angels; When Love Lasts Forever and the recently published How We Keep Spinning. The first book was a finalist in the Benjamin Franklin Awards as well as the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
During the course of this writing, Kevin has discovered a few truths about foster care, adoption, gay marriage, interracial families, rescue dogs and cupcakes.
Kevin Fisher-Paulson studied Writing and Communication at the University of Notre Dame, with subsequent coursework at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has studied writing with Dorothy Allison, Kat Mead and Jessica Hagedorn. He contributes irregularly to National Public Radio.
Kevin lives with his husband, two sons, and every changing rescue dogs in the outer, outer, outer, outer Excelsior. When neither writing nor parenting, he serves as a Chief Deputy with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office.