TED TALK by Tim Ferguson!

TED Talk by Tim Ferguson


As Australia’s foremost academic teacher of narrative comedy and former member of the notorious Doug Anthony Allstars, Tim explains why the writing establishment erroneously regards comedy as an inferior craft to drama and tragedy. (Not a single Miles Franklin Literary Award has gone to a comedy.)

Combining Ancient Greece, Western culture and Australia’s recent history his talk will explain the entrenched imbalance between these two and how narrative comedy is the world’s highest and lowest writing form.

Ferguson claims our modern literature and screenwriting is ‘lost in a miasma of misery-porn’. He will prove that most Australian writers are ignorant of the fundamental demands of the writing craft, a deficit that renders these writers unread, unappreciated and broke.

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