Humor Writing

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 9-10pm ET, 6 sessions full schedule

Whether you want to write humorous personal essays or a stand-up comedy set, the basic writing skills are the same. Join award-winning comedy writer Leigh Anne Jasheway in learning the tricks of comedy writing – including the basics of what humans laugh at and why, formulas and guidelines for making jokes work, how to use punctuation and word choice for comedic effect, and how to keep the fun in writing funny. 

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Write jokes and humorous prose
  • Enhance your humor creativity with comedy brainstorming techniques
  • Use punctuation and word choice for comedic effect
  • Understand how to match your comedy to your audience

By the end of class, you will have:

  • Three completed comedy bits, which you can perform as stand-up or use as part of any other comedic writing project you want to work on
  • A 750-word humorous essay
  • A better sense of your 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.