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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanks For Giving Me Something to Write About (The Workshop)!

“Thanksgiving; a holiday about generosity, love and colonization is a good indicator of how a family will interact while in captivity. I mean, proximity.”
–Anonymous Thanksgiving Survivor

This workshop is for anyone who quietly sneaks away from Thanksgiving dinner, into a nearby bathroom, and calls a friend just to be reassured that YOU are sane, but your family is insane. The holidays are rife with all the elements we need to write a great story: family, proximity, alcohol, conflict, resolution, dry turkey, and rich conversations! Why fight the holidays, when we can embrace them and cook up a great essay/play/book? What we will focus on in this writing workshop:

• Finding humor and absurdity in the whole notion of Holiday Cheer.
• Accessing memories of holidays past to connect thematically to holidays present.
• Generating new writing that will inspire and enhance old writing.
• Peer feedback.
• Learning how to escape the holiday madness by becoming a contemporary literary archeologist.

This workshop is designed to benefit ALL levels of creative writers in ALL genres!
Date: Saturday, December 19th, 2009
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Place: Phoenix (40th Street and McDowell)
Fee: $50 (Please bring a writing utensil and paper.)

For more information please contact Tania Katan at or 213.820.2606

About Tania Katan: Tania Katan is an author, playwright and performer. Her memoir My One-Night Stand With Cancer is the winner of the 2006 Judy Grahn Award in Nonfiction, an honoree of the 2006 American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award in Non-Fiction, and a finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Award. Rock-n-Roller Melissa Etheridge said of Tania’s memoir, “This book rocks! It’s passionate, playful, and downright beautiful,” and the Library Journal gave the book a Star Review. Since the success of her first book, Tania has been performing her one-woman show, Saving Tania’s Privates (adapted from My One Night Stand With Cancer), which made its European premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2008 where it was a critical success! In the U.S. Saving Tania’s Privates has been seen at such prestigious venues as ACT in Seattle and The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Katan is a regular contributor to The Advocate, Compete Magazine, Stand Up To Cancer’s online magazine, and others. And because of her unique ability to write and perform she has become a regular performer at the Comedy Central Stage with Sit-n-Spin. For more information on upcoming workshops and readings please visit: or

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