Humor Writing: Become the Next David Sedaris

By ·Reporter @ The Atlantic,, and more

Class Project

Write a 500-word humorous essay or short story

As Mel Brooks said, "Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” There's a thin line between comedy and tragedy. In this writing workshop, we'll explore what makes a story funny and how to write our own short humor pieces.

I'll guide you through the writing process with curated resources and livestreamed lectures and office hours. You’ll learn how to find inspiration from your day to day (mis)adventures. You’ll write draft upon draft and give and receive constructive feedback in order to improve your work. By taking part in online discussions and meeting up for online or in-person writing workshops, you'll help each other complete your hilarious essay or short story—and become better writers and editors!

This class is project-based and relies on class participation and collaboration. You'll leave this class with your own 500-word essay or short story and gain the skills to craft even more stories.

Award: Three students who post drafts by 12/20 will receive a private writing consultation from me.


Whether you want to improve your writing, try out the humor genre, or simply find a creative outlet, this class is for you. No previous writing experience required!

Level: Beginner

Grace Bello

Reporter @ The Atlantic,, and more

I'm a lifestyle and culture reporter based in New York. Previously a full-time copywriter, I escaped the cubicle and now write for whomever I want to. My humor writing has been published in McSweeney's, Splitsider, and The Onion Book of Known Knowledge.

My articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The Hairpin, Time Out New York, The Awl, Capital New York, Publisher's Weekly, Bookslut, and more.

I previously taught fiction writing at 3rd Ward. So I kind of know what I'm doing. Kind of.

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    • Self-Paced Online Class
    • How does an online class work?

      Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.

    • Do teachers give project feedback?

      Teachers design and present all class content, but Skillshare is community based around student-to-student interaction. You'll be surprised at what you learn from your classmates!

    • When does a class end?

      Never! Once enrolled, you have lifetime access to class materials. That means you can learn when and where you want. Learn at your own pace.

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