Humor Writing Workshop (1829)

Four Thursdays: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 6 to 8 p.m. Sold out!

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$175 (10% off for members)

What makes you laugh? In this four-week class we’ll do close readings of humorous essays, memoirs, articles, short stories and novel excerpts and examine how and why authors use humor. What makes it work? What makes a “funny” piece flop? We’ll be reading pieces by David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, George Saunders and more.

We’ll also discuss how to find the right publication for your work and offer some guidance on how to submit. Each student will be required to write a 600-1000 word humor piece and have it workshopped by the class with the goal of submitting it to McSweeney’s, Shouts and Murmurs, or Defenestration at the end of the course.

Jennifer Close is the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Smart One and The Hopefuls. Born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, she is a graduate of Boston College and received her MFA in Fiction Writing from the New School in 2005. She worked in New York in magazines for many years and now lives in Washington DC and teaches at George Washington University.

Katherine Heiny is the author of Single, Carefree, Mellow and Standard Deviation. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Narrative, Glimmer Train, and many other places. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and children.

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