“If you record the world honestly, there’s no way people can stop being funny.”

– Lorrie Moore

How to Write Funny (online)

Do you censor yourself—like, a lot—when you write? Do you want to feel more free, like immediately?

Then this course is for you.

At “How to Write Funny,” we’ll practice 13 techniques to help free up your voice (eventually). And we’ll learn how a frisson of funniness transforms all writing, from fiction and nonfiction to break-up texts and eulogies.

So, can you learn to write funny in one afternoon? Actually, no; that’s why this workshop is two afternoons.

On the first day, you’ll watch funny film clips, analyze funny pieces, and write stuff of your own (no pressure).

On the second day, you’ll hear your piece read aloud—anonymously, of course—and find out what’s working. If you like, you’ll also find out what’s not working—and how to fix it.

You’ll leave the workshop with a solid draft of something humorous, plus a list of 37 places to submit funny writing.

Beginners and non-native speakers of English are welcome.

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  • Taught by Lisa Friedman

  • Venue: Online

  • Register for this workshop (Fee: €150)

  • Have questions about this workshop? Call us +31 (0) 62 502 0817 or send us an email.

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Workshop times listed are in Amsterdam time (CET).

Artwork: Detail of Dorothy Parker with her dogs at The Lowell, overcoming writer's block. Courtesy of Vivienne Strauss.

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