Humorous writing can take many forms, including satire, essays, books, sketches, screenplays, and more. In this intensive workshop, Janine Annett will give an overview of different types of humor writing and jokes and will explore some of the dos and don’ts of writing things that are both funny and smart. We’ll discuss topics like punching up, the rule of three, ending on the funny part, tragedy + time = comedy, funny words and sounds, heightening, how to develop your own “funny bone”, where to read and publish humorous writing, and more. We’ll also work on brainstorming ideas for creating short humorous pieces and will workshop one of the ideas in greater detail as you start to develop it.
NB: This class will be capped at 15. You will receive a link as soon as you register to the email address you use to enroll in the class. Please check spam if you do not receive it. You will be sent a reminder email with the link 24 hours before class. Please read our policy page before registering.
Janine Annett is the author of I Am “Why Do I Need Venmo?” Years Old: Adventures in Aging. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The New York Times, Real Simple, The Rumpus, and many other places. She has a BA from Barnard College and lives in the lower Hudson Valley.