Humor is a quality all too frequently absent from even the best writing, as if “funny” and “deep” are mutually exclusive. In this single-session workshop led by Rebekah Frumkin (THE COMEDOWN), we will learn how to cast off our notions of literary propriety and make our readers laugh.
We will familiarize ourselves with various techniques of humor writing, including parody, farce, hyperbole, incongruity, irony, and puns. We will learn how writers have used gallows humor to face hopeless situations and political humor to face election results. You have a chance to experiment in a writing exercise and with will leave with some funny words of your own, a better understanding of what makes readers chuckle, and a goofy grin plastered across your face.
Rebekah Frumkin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University, where she teaches fiction writing to grads and undergrads. Her fiction, nonfiction, and journalism have appeared or are forthcoming in Granta, Pacific Standard, McSweeney’s, Catapult, and the Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. Her well-reviewed debut novel, The Comedown, was published by Henry Holt in April 2018. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism. She is the recipient of the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Grant and the Meta Rosenberg Fellowship for her fiction.
She has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa and currently teaches creative writing at Open Books in Chicago. She also works as a freelance reporter for the Social Justice News Nexus and In These Times.