Humor Writing II — Syllabus

Good Humor Writing is Good Writing: Evocative/funny descriptions. Realistic/funny dialogue. Finding the funniest word.

Creating Real/Funny Characters: Over-the top but still realistic characters. Finding the seed of truth. Humanity at the heart.

Good Joke = Good Structure: Set up, story, punch line. Using joke structure to understand a character’s journey. Breaking the rules.

Illuminating the Writer’s Voice: Tone. Attitude. Point of View.

Maintaining Tension: (a.k.a. Don’t give away the punch line) Creating and maintaining the tension in a story. Edge-of-your-seat scenes. Humor and tension do mix.

When and Why: When and why to put in a joke. When and why not to.

Stop Trying to be Funny: Discover humor in your own thoughts. Eavesdropping on yourself. Sometimes the funniest story is the real one.

Rewriting and Revisions: Funny, funnier, funniest.

Callbacks and Running Bits: Finding them, using them and making them work. Timing is everything.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.