Comedic Storytelling

Learn how to grab attention through humor

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 9-10pm ET, 2 sessions full schedule

If you’ve ever tried to tell a joke or write a funny story and it’s fallen flat, this is just the short class for you. In two weeks, an award-winning comedy writer will teach you the basic rules and tools comedy writers everywhere rely on to make sure their punchlines deliver laughs. And you don’t have to aspire to become a comedian for this class to be useful -- adding more laughter to your writing is a great skill for speakers, teachers, trainers, advertisers – anyone whose job is communication.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Choose the right emotion to fuel the funniest (and easiest) jokes
  • Create powerful set-ups and misdirected, exaggerated punch lines
  • Write jokes using 7 different formulas

By the end of class, you will have:

An understanding of your own comedy writing style and what tools work best for you.

Leigh Anne Jasheway has been a comedy writer, stand-up comic, and humorous motivational speaker for 20 years. In 2003, she won the Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Award. Other writing awards include the American Association of Therapeutic Humor Book Award for Yoga for Your Funny Bone: Exercises to Strengthen Your Comedy Writing, the 2004 Humor in Food Writing Competition, and 2nd Place in the 2005 Mona Schreiber Humorous Fiction Award.Leigh Anne has taught comedy writing at writer’s conferences, continuing education classes, and through her articles in Writer’s Digest for the past two decades. She has 23 published books, is the humor columnist for Dash Magazine and the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, writes regularly for The Funny Times, and formerly contributed humor columns to the Los Angeles Times and Family Circle.