The Craft of Literary Satire

By ·Reporter @ The Atlantic, NBCNews.com, and more

From The Onion to The Colbert Report, satire is one of the most engaging and powerful forms of protest. However, before the media of web and TV, it was literature that led the charge in bringing this entertaining mode of political debate to the fore.

Authors including Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, and Dorothy Parker wrote scathing critiques of contemporary society, while still entertaining audiences with traditional elements of essay writing, storytelling, and poetry. 

We'll discuss Swift, Twain, and Parker as well as the eras in which they lived. What do these writers do well? Where do they fall short? In what type of social climate did each author live?

Interspersed throughout these readings, we'll explore how we as contemporary writers can use these formats to craft our own pieces of literary satire. Like Swift, you'll come up with a ludicrous solution to a current political problem, and learn how to heighten it on the page. Like Twain, you'll create a character who parodies some of the ills of modern society. And like Parker, you'll draft pithy lines about the way we live now.

Sign up now for this exploration of literature and writing.

Refreshments will be provided!

Learn more about our venue, The Oracle Club, a new artists' and writers' salon.

Prerequisites
An appreciation of literature is required.
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Grace Bello

Reporter @ The Atlantic, NBCNews.com, and more

Grace Bello is a writer and writing teacher based in New York. Previously a full-time copywriter, she escaped the cubicle and now writes for whomever she wants to. Her humor writing has been published in McSweeney's and Splitsider and is slated to appear in The Onion.

Her articles have appeared in The AtlanticTime Out New YorkThe Awl, Bust, Publisher's WeeklyBookslut, and more. The Verge praised her interview for The Awl with comedian Chris Hardwick as "the best tech writing of the week." Most recently, she interviewed Stephin Merritt, lead singer of the band The Magnetic Fields, for The Awl.

She previously taught fiction writing at 3rd Ward and formerly tutored kids for 826NYC.

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