October 11th-November 1st
Humor Writing 101
Do your friends and family think you’re funny? That’s a great start! But there’s a big difference between “saying funny” and “writing funny.”
In this introductory workshop, we’ll explore the art of comic writing and what makes something funny on the page. Using targeted craft exercises we’ll explore the different genres of humor writing and identify your style and voice. Focusing on short essays (though you can bring in anything comedic you’ve been working on) we will then look at specific humor columns and try our hand at writing similar pieces. Participants will receive expert feedback, learn the art of re-writing, and how to pitch your work to target publications.
Come join the fun—all levels welcome!
Note: Bring your ideas, anything you’ve written, and lists of your favorite humor writers and publications. Some examples to check out are the New Yorker, Rumpus, Weekly Humorist, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
Alyssa Pinsker is a writer whose work has appeared in BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Time Out New York, New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Press, Huffington Post, Forward, Sherman’s Travel, and more. Book anthologies include “The Hope,” edited by Menachem Creditor and “The Best Advice in Six Words” edited by Larry Smith. Pinsker is a travel and lifestyle editor for Doorsteps.com and a commentator for Huffington Post Live and the BBC World Service.