When Is It Okay to Laugh? How To Use Humor in Creative Nonfiction (Replay)

November 01--November 14, 2022

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Many writers long to use humor in their writing but aren’t sure how to do so effectively, and without causing offense. How can you “write funny,” especially about complex and difficult topics, but avoid being insensitive to your readers, or cruel to your subjects?

In this webinar, Shannon Reed, the author of the Thurber Prize in American Humor semi-finalist,  Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We’re Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, demonstrates how a writer’s careful understanding of scope, tone, audience, and narrative stance can leave readers laughing without discomfort.

In this webinar you will:

  • CONSIDER when humor is an effective tool in writing creative non-fiction (and when it’s not!)
  • MAKE sure their choice of narrative stance is the best one for the work they’re writing
  • FIND the right tone for their work and its intended audience
  • DEPLOY humor effectively within the boundaries they have set for the work

This webinar is appropriate for writers of any level who are interested in how humor works within the written form, particularly in creative non-fiction, and who would like to use humor but are a little uneasy about doing so.


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