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"I learned myriad of techniques to infuse humor into my writing."
- Keisha Barrow
 Law Student
"A wonderful forum to share and workshop humor writing."
- Stefanie Forman
 Public Relations/Public Affair
"Enough pieces of information per week to build a comedy writing arsenal."
- Christie Scanlan
 Graphic Designer
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GWW Course Description Page
GWW Course Description Page

If you chuckle at the essays of Erma Bombeck and the life stories of David Sedaris, if you chortle at the exploits of such fictional characters as Tom Jones and Bridget Jones—you know the pleasure of literary laughter. Humor writing requires all the hallmarks of good writing plus that X factor: being funny.

These courses cover the spectrum of prose humor writing, exploring fiction and such nonfiction forms as memoir, essay, opinion pieces, and parody. You will learn basic principles of humor, how to view the world with a humorist’s eye, and how to maximize the comedic potential in such craft elements as character, structure, dialogue, and voice. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

Whether you seek to write wit, comedy, satire, or farce, we’ll show you how to turn sentences into smiles.

Also offered:
> TV Writing (includes Sitcom Writing)
> Stand-up Comedy Writing


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Level I
Humor Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of humor writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Write one/two short humor pieces or begin a book
  • Lectures on basics of humor writing craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)

Humor I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

View a course syllabus.

There are no Humor Writing I in NYC classes scheduled at this time. Take this class Online
Please call 877-974-8377 for the next scheduled date.

Humor Writing | Intensive
 
The Intensives are fun, fast-paced immersions in a type of writing. You’ll get a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned. The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Come in to class with a notepad, pen, and desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Intensives are for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

Intensives are offered in NYC on Fridays and weekends throughout the year.

Gotham also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonficiton, How to Blog, Nonfiction Book Proposal, and How to Sell Your Screenplay.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Topics include: overview of humor writing, humor techniques, character, structure, voice, getting published.

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 25 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
May 17 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Jun 6 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM



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