ONLINE CLASS: Fifty Shades of Funny: How to Use Humor in Your Writing (2072) - SOLD OUT

Two Wednesdays: September 16 and 23 from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

$80.00 (10% off for members)

One of the first signs that a piece of writing needs some work is a lack of humor, though not as that term is generally misunderstood. Humor comes in a range of shades, from slapstick ha-ha laugh-out-loud funny to the mordant wit of gallows humor. In this workshop, we’ll explore the range of ways humor can be used to develop the complexity of your writing, no matter the genre. We'll go from making jokes to using humor in order to access and compliment more serious themes in writing. We'll examine examples of humor writing from different genres and talk about different styles and uses of humor, such as satire, parody, the zany, and dark humor. In our first class, we'll discuss the different modes of comedy. In class two, you'll get to try to make your classmates laugh, cringe, or raise an eyebrow with your own original writing.Two Wednesdays: September 16 and 23 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Online Class.

Suggested Reading:
Birds of America by Lorrie Moore (fiction)
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace (creative non-fiction)
Placebo Effects by Jeanne Marie Beaumont (poetry)

Aaron Hamburger is the author of the short story collection The View From Stalin’s Head (winner of the Rome Prize in Literature), the novels Faith for Beginners (a Lambda Literary Award nominee), and Nirvana is Here (winner of a Bronze Medal in the 2019 Forewords Indie Awards). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Subtropics, Details, O, the Oprah Magazine, Boulevard, and The Village Voice. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, as well as residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi. He has also taught writing at Columbia University, NYU, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and George Washington University.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Birds of America: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307474964
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Published: Vintage - January 12th, 2010

Placebo Effects: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393318913
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 17th, 1999

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316925280
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 2nd, 1998