Announcing the 2015 MaxFunCon Class Lineup
Classes! Crafts! Comedy! Clowning! Learn how to do something new, or hone your skills with one of this year's excellent sessions.
Mark your calendars - signups will be Tuesday, MAY 26 at 12 NOON PDT
How do class signups work?!
Our MaxFun classes are divided into two sessions: Session A (in the morning) and Session B (in the afternoon). On Tuesday, we will be emailing you two separate links to select a class for each session. You’ll click each link, pick the class you’d like to attend at the session that corresponds to the link, fill out your name, and that’s it! You can only sign up for one class per session, and please do not sign others up. Space in every class is limited, and always fills up quickly. Now, on to the list of classes!
SESSION A (Saturday 9 - 10:30 AM)
A Perfect Interview, Every Time with Jesse Thorn
Celebrity interviewer Jesse Thorn is known for always conducting perfect interviews. How does he do it? He'll tell you in this fascinating and stimulating talk. Soon, you'll have taken his job, and he'll be wearing a barrel held up with suspenders.
Writing Workshop with DC Pierson
DC Pierson, author of the novels The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To and Crap Kingdom and member of the comedy group DERRICK, will offer you writing feedback in a relaxed, fun, constructive environment. Students should bring in 8 copies of a piece of no more than 800 words (complete story, essay, sketch or short film script, or excerpt from a longer work-in-progress.)
Stretch your legs! Get some fresh air! Take a stroll along the shores of the actual lake "Lake Arrowhead" is named for. This is a relatively un-strenuous walk but please note that there are stairs.
Live Nail Art with Jane Marie
If you ask Instagram and Pinterest, there is literally nothing happening these days other than nail art. Okay, and weddings and babies and contouring. Anyway! Come to this class and learn how to do a handful (get it?) of easy looks on your own nails at home without looking like you just got done finger painting. Nail polish will be provided if you'd like to play along.
Kickstarter for Funny People with Taylor Moore
In the vast universe that is creativity on Kickstarter, Comedy may well be the final frontier – the depths of which we've only just begun to explore. Join us for a conversation about new and different ways to make funny stuff with the crowd on your side. Stick around and we'll talk about your project, learn how to tell your story, create great rewards, and get the word out.
The Art of Profile Writing with Mary O'Hara
The interview is a cornerstone to all kinds of creative work, be it radio, documentary or non-fiction writing. Mary O'Hara (who is an award-winning social affairs journalist, columnist for The Guardian, and author of the book Austerity Bites) will host a guided workshop on conducting a great profile interview. Attendees will get the chance to pair up for a brief, candid interview and transform the answers into a killer opening couple of paragraphs. Leave caution at the door and come prepared to reveal what makes you worthy of that coveted front page.
Meet your next Seattle Councilman with John Roderick
Spend some time with longtime friend of MaxFun, John Roderick, who happens to be running for Seattle city council. He might talk about his platform, he might not, but you’ll (probably) hear what goes into running for public office. Start your own career in politics right here at MaxFunCon.
The Amazing Secret to Making A Fabulous Podcast with Colin Anderson
Maximumfun.org senior producer Colin Anderson covers the basics of making a perfect podcast. Colin produces MaxFun's International Waters, Bullseye and Pop Rocket, and spent years as a producer at the BBC. Come armed with questions and go home with answers.
Sew a Pudgy MaxFun Rocket Ornament with Xyloart
You know what's missing in your life? A pudgy rocket familiar to guide you and protect you from crows and short pants. Now you can make your own! No sewing experience is needed to construct this little felt friend, but we will be using sewing needles so please no babies! Unless they're cool babies who can handle it.
Potato Stamping with Jessica Charlton
Create bold and lovely art using the humblest of vegetables - the potato! Send letters from camp on unique stationery YOU design. Swap extra-special hand-stamped calling cards with your new MaxFunCon friends. Choose from stamps provided and carve personalized images of your own. The only limit is your imagination (and also maybe your knife skills)!
What Does This Button Do?: Photo 101 Crash Course with Ken Lecky
Got a DSLR that confounds you with its various thingamabobs and doodads? Love taking photographs but want to elevate your pics to the next level? Join one of our esteemed Official MaxFunCon Photographers for a crash course in camera and photography knowledge!
Group Therapy with Helen Zaltzman
Got a problem? Come and talk it out with Helen Zaltzman of Answer Me This! podcast and your fellow MaxFunConcerned. Whether you're struggling with a moral dilemma, a romantic conundrum, life logistics or you just really want to get out of being your frenemy's bridesmaid, all your troubles are welcome.
BREAKFAST–it’s your favorite meal, right? with Julia Crookston
As always, our meeting is about exploring variations, techniques and a little science concerning a favorite food or meal. We will endeavor to answer the small and large questions like: ‘why the heck is the first pancake always less than fab’ and ’how can I tell when my waffle is ready or not’ and the eternal breakfast question: ‘is breakfast for dinner still breakfast?’ And in a nod to our glorious Lake Arrowhead location we’ll look at camp cooking variations. Fair warning: this course involves eating generous amounts of butter, gluten, egg, pork & sugar rich items.
Kinetic Storytelling: Introduction to clown and physical comedy with Stephen Simon
Shut up and tell the story. Get out of being a talking head and learn how to create fun and memorable scenes based on character, without having to say a word. This class features techniques from Commedia dell’arte, Keaton and Chaplin, Ringling Bros,. and Cirque du Soleil to help keep you grounded in your body and add depth and presence to your performance. Great for improvisers and people who just want to have fun. Stephen has been a professional actor and clown for over 20 years and is one half of the comedy duo Ten West (featured at MaxFunCon 2013 in the Poconos).
SESSION B (Saturday 2:30 - 4 PM)
- Writing Workshop with DC Pierson
- Kickstarter for Funny People with Taylor Moore
- The Art of Profile Writing with Mary O'Hara
- Meet your next Seattle Councilman with John Roderick
- The Amazing Secret to Making A Fabulous Podcast with Colin Anderson
- Sew a Pudgy MaxFun Rocket Ornament with Xyloart
- Potato Stamping with Jessica Charlton
- Group Therapy with Helen Zaltzman
- BREAKFAST–it’s your favorite meal, right? with Julia Crookston
- Kinetic Story Telling: Introduction to clown and physical comedy with Stephen Simon
Pub Quiz with John Hodgman and Chuck Bryant
A MaxFunCon institution. Hosted by Chuck Bryant, co-host of the podcast Stuff You Should Know, and your favorite podcast judge, John Hodgman. Have a beer. Earn valuable bragging rights.
Tending the Home Bar with Benjamin Harrison and Chris Bowman
You know that when you throw a party you don’t want to be stuck mixing drinks all night, but you also don’t want to leave your guests to fend for themselves at that gross sticky card table with handles of booze and two-liter bottles of Fresca on it. Chris and Ben will take you through all the equipment and ingredients you need to do everything from making an after work drink to throwing a fancy cocktail party. Also, if you take the class you will get to drink cocktails. And who are you kidding? That’s half of why you’re even here!
Scoring a Podcast with Jane Marie
Some podcasts are boring and some are not and sometimes the only difference is the score. Music can make a scene come alive and we'll show you how to transform your podcast from "blah blah blah" to "blah blah lalalalala!"
Photo Walkabout with Ken Lecky
You brought your fancy camera all the way to Lake Arrowhead, now let's use it! Join one of our esteemed Official MaxFunCon Photographers for a review of photography basics and a walk around the conference center to practice your skills.
Standup Open Mic with Julian McCulloughJulian McCullough leads a standup open mic. Try standup for the first time, or hone new material. Get feedback from your peers and an accomplished pro. Bring a positive attitude and five minutes of material. All participants are expected to perform.