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Humor Writing

Humor Writing Intensive

Humor Writing Intensive

The Humor Writing Intensive happens in a short time span (1 day in NYC, or 2 days on Zoom). The course includes a mixture of lectures and exercises. It’s open to writers of any level. Farther down, you can view a syllabus for this course.

Who doesn’t love the pleasure of literary laughter? We’re talking about essays, memoirs, articles, short stories, and novels that are humorous. It can be anything from a true story about the special hell of raising kids to a far-fetched tale of a would-be knight tilting at windmills. As Mark Twain says: The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Humorous prose writing requires all the hallmarks of good writing plus that X factor: being funny. Here you will learn about the various types of prose humor, as well as comedic techniques and how to market your work.

Whether you seek to write fiction or nonfiction, short or long, we’ll show you how to turn sentences into smiles.

About Humor Writing
Humor Writing Intensive

I learned what makes things funny and how I can apply some of those concepts to my own experiences.

Joshua Ness

digital strategist

Upcoming Classes

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This course gives an overview of the basics of writing humorous prose. Course components:
     Brief lectures
     Writing exercises

     The Thing About Humor Writing…
     Principles of Humor
     Finding the Funny in People
     Getting Published

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.