When a piece of writing makes you laugh out loud, what's actually taking place on the page? This four-week workshop will explore what makes something funny. We'll identify and analyze the ingredients of humor in writing: incongruity, exaggeration, understatement, self-deprecation, a "twist," and so on. We'll read the work of great humorists who take real life and turn it on its head (David Sedaris, Patricia Lockwood, Samantha Irby), as well as writing from satire publications (McSweeney's, Reductress, Clickhole), to break down what works and why. In the course of this workshop, each attendee will write a humorous essay of their own, which we'll read and critique together. The final class will focus on how to perform humorous pieces in front of an audience.
Instructor: Christy Lynch
Length of workshop: 4 weeks
Date: Wednesdays, September 25 - October 16
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Location: Porch HQ
2811 Dogwood Pl.
Nashville, TN 37204
Cost: $160/Non-Member; $144/Member **Don’t forget to use your membership code at check-out!
What Our Students Say:
“Christy did a great job of organizing and breaking down the material. She had great examples, had time for writing exercises, and made the class fun.”
“Christy Lynch is amazing! Very knowledgeable and personable! Very glad I took this class!”
“Christy used great materials and examples and created a safe and warm environment in which to share work.”
Christy Lynch is a memoir and humor writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, and her comedic essays have been featured in live storytelling productions such as Tenx9 Nashville, That Time of the Month, Life Out Loud, and others. She's an editor by trade, as well as an MFA candidate at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Find out more at christy-lynch@com and @christylynchpin.