Mark Saunders- “Adding Humor to Writing”

April 1,2017

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point

“Adding Humor to Your Writing”

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Morning session: 10AM-12PM (free for members, $10 for guests) “15 Ways of Adding Humor to your Writing”

Whether you are working on an essay, a novel, a memoir, or a response to an invitation to your ex-spouse’s next wedding (sarcasm can be quite effective). From punching up dialogue to creating memorable characters, this workshop will help guide you through the funhouse mirrors of writing humor. To twist Joseph Conrad’s famous line, this workshop’s task, before all, is to make you see … humor.

Afternoon workshop: 1:30PM-3:30 PM ($25 for members, $30 for guests) “Even MORE ways of adding humor”

Building on the 15 ways of adding humor, participants will do a series of writing exercises, including: Analogies, Banter, The Mash-up, Speaking Nonsense in Three Words, Comedy is a Man (or Woman) in Trouble, and The Rant

Participants will be encouraged to bring a sample of a humorous piece they’re working on for group discussion

For questions please write to southernoregon@willamettewriters.org4

About our Speaker: Mark Saunders writes short, humorous pieces befitting his height and attention span. He is a former winner of the Walden Fellowship. His short plays have been staged from California to New York to Mexico, and two of his plays (“Who’s on Faust?” and “Playthings”) were published by Smith and Kraus.  As a freelance gag writer, he wrote jokes for stand-up comedians, including Jay Leno, and Sunday gags for the comic strip “Frank and Ernest.” His humorous memoir Nobody Knows the Spanish I Speak was voted the #2 book in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 2012.

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