Humor Writing

Who doesn’t love the pleasure of literary laughter? We’re talking about essays, memoirs, articles, short stories, and novels that are humorous. It can be anything from a true story about the special hell of raising kids to a far-fetched tale of a would-be knight tilting at windmills. As Mark Twain says, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
Humorous prose writing requires all the hallmarks of good writing plus that X factor: being funny. Here you will learn about the various types of prose humor, as well as comedic techniques and how to market your work.
Whether you seek to write fiction or nonfiction, short or long, we’ll show you how to turn sentences into smiles.

An outstanding class that I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in any type of humor writing.
Kristen Williams
art director

Humor Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745 Request consultation

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of humor writing craft and gets you writing a short piece (or two) or a book. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Humor Writing is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
You can still enroll in this class.
 Oct 5
1 spot left
Mon, 7–10 pm
1450 Broadway

Humor Writing | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $250 Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Humor Intensive topics include: overview of humor writing, humor techniques, character, structure, voice, getting published.

 Oct 16
Fri, 10 am–5 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Nov 14
Sat, 11 am–6 pm
30 W. 16 St.