Funny Is the New Deep

Friday, March 28th, from 10:30am-1:30pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
24 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

Contrary to popular belief, writing funny doesn't mean sacrificing depth. On the contrary, for most literary writers the comic impulse is inextricably linked to tragedy. In this informal class, we'll look at the work of Lorrie Moore, George Saunders, and others, in an effort to learn how you can be funny and break hearts while doing it. Large-group seminar; limited to 24 students.

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"Excellent insights into the role that comedy plays in writing--which really grows out of our need to deal with the tragic and frustrating aspects of our lives."

"Overall, this was an amazing seminar. Excellent lecture, very good selection of passages to demonstrate the key points, and very productive writing exercise at the end."

"Awesome instructor! Class was better than advertised. Interesting, fun, inclusive, informative, etc."


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Steve Almond
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Previous Students Say

  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Study Published Writing
  • Class Discussion
  • Q&A
  • Lecture


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism

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