Writing Funny: Introduction to Humor Writing

Adam Wilson, Author and Educator

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13 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:02
    • 2. The Class Project

      1:56
    • 3. Jokes On The Page Part 1

      5:41
    • 4. Jokes On The Page Part 2

      6:50
    • 5. Rule of Threes

      9:01
    • 6. Funny Plotting

      9:46
    • 7. Funny Dialogue Part 1

      13:00
    • 8. Funny Dialogue Part 2

      8:07
    • 9. Funny Description

      10:54
    • 10. Voice

      7:15
    • 11. Always be Awkward

      7:12
    • 12. Punching Upwards

      4:23
    • 13. Conclusion

      2:24
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Project Description

Embrace the Awkward: a Writing Exercise.

Write a short piece (500-800 words) inspired by a photograph from one of the sites listed below. Write from the point of view of either someone in the photo or the person taking the photo, and imagine how they got into the mess they’re in. The piece should incorporate the various strategies discussed in the class (e.g. Rule of Threes, Punching Upwards, Defamiliarizing the Familiar), while keeping in mind the golden rule for humor writing: Always Be Awkward. 

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