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Mining Your Life for Laughs

June 21, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Tap into your unique perspective for humor only you can write.

Making people laugh feels good, but finding your way into writing a great humor piece is hard. What to do? In this webinar, accomplished humorist Shannon Reed will help you find & explore your unique perspective in writing humor.

In an hour-long lecture, she’ll walk you through how humor pieces (like those she’s published frequently at The New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency) are built, and how you can tap into your own identity and perspective to find the perfect, relatable voice.

While this lecture focuses on humor pieces, the lessons learned apply to many realms of writing. She’ll briefly discuss that, too, and welcome questions throughout and at the end.

In this webinar, you will:
  • CONSIDER several types of humor pieces (e.g. “What ____ Says About You…”)
  • IDENTIFY subject areas and perspectives you’re uniquely positioned to write about
  • THINK through how to put together the formats and your specific voice
  • COMPARE and contrast styles and formats within humor writing
This webinar is for anyone interested in writing humor pieces or employing humor in their writing.

Closed captioning is available. ✔

All registrants receive the recording. ✔


SHANNON REED’S first book, Why Did I Get a B?, was a semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize in American Humor. Her second book, Why We Read, is forthcoming in 2024 from Hanover Square Press. She frequently contributes to The New Yorker and to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, where several of her pieces have gone viral. Shannon is the co-Director for Undergraduate Studies in the Writing Program, and a Teaching Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction.

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June 21, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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