Things can feel impossibly heavy these days. Can you remember the last time you laughed aloud while reading? How about while writing?
In this class, we aim to re-awaken a sense of play and experimentation in our fiction while also acknowledging the underlying depth and social criticisms involved in cracking jokes. In this class, we will read and discuss authors as different as Ottessa Moshfegh and Lewis Carroll, and look at examples from other genres as well, including Monty Python’s Flying Circus and composer Joseph Haydn’s Opus 33. You will have the chance to experiment with different types of humor including deadpan, observational, situational, gallows, nonsense, satiric, and parodic. You are not expected to be “funny” in this class. All you need to bring with you is an interest in the mechanics of humor and an appetite to explore it!
Carla Diaz is a writer from New York City. Her work appears in The Kenyon Review, Joyland Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere, and has been supported by scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. In 2019 she received her MFA in Fiction Writing from Vanderbilt University, where she taught literature and creative writing. She is currently at work on a novel.
Carla Diaz is new to The Porch. Welcome!