WICF 2014 Panels and Talks will be updated this winter. Check back for details.
All Panels and Talks take place at our fantastic sponsor Improv Asylum.
Directions and parking for these events can be found here.
2013 WICF Writer's Panel
Saturday, March 23 10:30am-12 Noon This panel is FREE to the public. First come, first served.
From writing new material for their sets, to working on television scripts and sketches, to authoring book-length fiction and non-fiction works, a comic's writing life is not only artistically rich, but essential to advancing in the industry. The Women in Comedy Festival brings together a distinguished group of comedienne-writers to discuss issues, strategies, and trends related to the experience of the comedic writer. Our panelists represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences and will speak to a wide variety of topics such as: working as a comedy sketch writer, making the transition from performed to written material, writing development specs for television, pitching and selling book-length works, and discussing larger issues about the gender and economic politics women comedic writers encounter as working artists. Participants include: Selena Coppock, Ilana Glazer, Yael Koen, Aparna Nancherla, Lynne Parker, and Mindy Raf.
Panel Organizer: Dr. Sheila Moeschen, PhD
Dr. Moeschen holds an Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Gender from Northwestern University. She is a Boston-based writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Elsewhere, her work has appeared on the web at MariaShriver.com, Happy Woman Magazine, and Girl w/Pen and in such peer-reviewed journals as Women Studies Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly, and American Comparative Drama. Dr. Moeschen’s book, Acts of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and American Charity Practices is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press in the spring of 2013.
Protecting Your Work: Copyright, Defamation and Right of Publicity
Saturday, March 23 12:15pm-1:30pm, $15
In this 75-minute workshop, we'll discuss current legal issues surrounding comedy including copyright, trademark, defamation and right of publicity/privacy. What can you do if someone steals your work? Where can you go for help?
Lindsay LaVine is a lawyer who's advised clients in a variety of areas including copyright, trademark, First Amendment, media and marketing law. Ms. LaVine was a journalist with NBC and CNN, and blogs at http://www.ehilarity.com.
Geeking Out with...Rachel Dratch
Saturday, March 23 1:30pm-3:00pm, $10 for the public, Free for WICF Performers (Note: WICF Performers must purchase a ticket and use the assigned code to secure your seat)
In Geeking Out with...Rachel Dratch, improviser-journalist Pam Victor brings to the stage her well-respected Geeking Out with… blog interview series. In this live talk show, Pam gets profound and personal with Saturday Night Live's Rachel Dratch about her comedy history, improvisation
For more about Rachel Dratch's Book: Girl Walks into a Bar
About Rachel Dratch
About Pam Victor
Pam Victor writes the blog interview series "Geeking Out with..." in which she gets down deep, dirty, and improvluscious with a cavalcade of improvisation's biggest brains and talents. "Geeking Out with..." is published on Pam's blog "My Nephew is a Poodle" as well as the Women in Comedy Festival blog. Pam is the founding member of The Ha-Ha’s, and she produces The Happier Valley Comedy Shows in western Massachusetts. If you want to stay abreast of all the geek out action, like the “Geeking Out with…” Facebook page!