Course description below:
"Is it your dream to write and publish humor? Is it your more realistic dream to make some money doing it? Do you have no idea how to do either?
In this one-day, four-hour workshop, students will learn to conceive, draft, polish, and learn how to submit humor pieces from two writers and editors of v. popular humor sites.
Students will split into groups and spend 90 minutes with Elissa Bassist (founder and editor of Funny Women on The Rumpus), then 90 minutes with Caitlin Kunkel (co-founder and co-editor of The Belladonna).
Both will teach you every tip and trick they know about the practicalities of forming a comedic premise, pitching, and acquiring clips and publishing credits.
The final hour will be a mixer/problem-solving session with Elissa and Caitlin who will share secrets about venues, freelancing, and the rule of three.
Good news: Students will walk out the door with early drafts of two publishable pieces that will pay for this class, if all goes well. BYOB."
I'll be teaching a six-week introduction to writing satire course at Magnet Theater in New York on Tuesdays this fall, starting September 12th.
Students from the first term have gone on to publish several of the pieces written in the class - check out this one that made it onto McSweeney's!
We focus on brainstorming techniques, forming a point of view, and learning different forms. You'll leave the class with three rewritten pieces, as well as info on submitting to different outlets.
I had a GREAT time the first time I taught this course over the summer - come join me this term!
On September 23rd, I'll be teaching a "Satire Starter Pack" Workshop at Washington Improv Theater in D.C. It's from 12:30-3:30pm.
"Got opinions? Mad about something? Do you have a person or institution in power you want to criticize? Get it all out through writing satire! In this three-hour intro workshop, you’ll learn brainstorming techniques, how to form a comedic premise, and how to sculpt your point of view and personal voice as a satirical writer. Students will go through the brainstorming process as a group and workshop titles and ideas for future pieces by the end of the class.
The goal is to give you tools to be able to continue to write different pieces for different sites after the class. We will discuss forms used on sites like McSweeney’s and The New Yorker. No prerequisites required"
Would love to see D.C. people there! Let's write some political satire, huh?