For Teens

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Wit and Whimsy: Writing Funny

Saturday, September 17th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
25 seats max

***This class will be hosted remotely! You'll receive an email from your instructor about 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin with a Zoom link. There is no need to download or sign up for Zoom in advance!***


Class Description:

Humor is one of the hardest genres to write: how do you craft the perfect set-up? Where's the line between funny and cheesy? And can someone please explain what the differences between satire, irony, and parody are?!

In this class, we're tackling the key elements of writing funny. We'll read and discuss flash writing from McSweeney's Internet Tendencies, one of the most popular literary outlets for humor writing. We'll specifically analyze types of humor, techniques for writing our own funnies, and different diction (voice) styles.

If you're a writer who's gunning for the laughs, join this workshop to hone your wit and whimsy! For students aged 13-18 ONLY!


Students will leave with a deeper understanding of the different kinds of humor, the beginnings of 2-3 new pieces, and tools for developing your own comedic voice.

Our NEW Class Format--Sustainable Creativity:

Based on student suggestions and to offer writers a sustainable learning experience, this Fall's YAWP Saturdays provide a balance of craft sessions and exercises with plenty of optional components so that teens can take screen breaks as needed. Each session will feature a craft talk or group exercise with your designated instructor and conclude with an optional opening mic event. Students are encouraged to self-advocate, opting out if they are fatigued or diving in if they want more creative activity. Either way, instructors will always be available to answer questions via email and/or Zoom chat!

Registration Instructions:

  • If the student is under 18, parents/guardians must complete this permission form online. You only need to fill this form out ONE TIME, NOT for every class. If you cannot remember whether you have already filled it out, please email [email protected] and we will check for you! If you do not complete this form, your registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply.
  • If the student is 18, simply let us know by emailing [email protected]
  • If you are registering on behalf of a student, add their email in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen at check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet.


***If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected] We’re looking forward to writing with you this fall!***

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Kayla Degala-Paraíso
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  • Short Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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