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Bringing the Funny to your Writing

Saturday, August 5, 2017
10:00 am - 11:30 am
St. Helen’s A

Do you love writers that make you laugh and you’re wondering how to “bring the funny” yourself? Or is your life is full of funny stories you’re not sure how to write them? Maybe people tell you that you’re so funny and you want to learn how to translate that in your writing? This course will cover fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, and even poetry. We’ll look at how different writers tickle the funny bone and how you can do that in your own writing. Writing Comedy vs. Comedy Writing: there is a distinction. Comedy writing is full of jokes. It begs for a laugh track. When writing comedy, you need to use darker stuff such as humiliation, brutal honesty, and vulnerability for starters. Those who use humor in their writing do so in a myriad of ways and in class we’ll examine them and use exercises to explore different techniques.


Debby Dodds
Debby is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don’t Call (Blue Moon Publishers, June 2017) and has stories in ten anthologies including the NY Times best-selling My Little Red Book(Twelve/ Hachette) and She Writes. “My Mom and The Dead,” a story about taking her mom to a Grateful Dead concert, appears in the anthology series Thin Threads. She was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning on 4/21/13 for a piece featured in the Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestselling, The Things That You Would Have Said (Penguin, 2012). She was the Fiction Editor for The Living Dead magazine. She’s also been published in The Sun, xoJane, Portland Family Magazine, Manifest-station.com, FlashesintheDark.com, Zinkzine.com, and twice in Hip Mama. Her humorous essay, Why Sarah Palin Needs Me as Her SAT Tutor, was an editor’s pick on Salon.com. She won “Fan Favorite” in The Attic’s contest at Wordstock. She recently won First Prize in Portland’s Wizard World 2017 Fiction Writing Contest.
She received a BFA from NYU in Drama/Acting and a MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. As an actress, she was featured in many independent films and television shows. She wrote and performed in stage shows at both Disneyland and Disney World. She participated in spoken word performances in various Los Angeles comedy clubs and bars including The Empty Stage Theater where she did improv comedy with lots of famous people (buy her a drink and she’ll tell you a story…) and was featured in the Women in Comedy Festival opening for Sarah Silverman at The Bleecker Street Theater, and also performed as a founding member of Girls on the Edge at The Laugh Lounge, The Duplex, and Caroline’s in New York City. She also appeared in a special with Jerry Seinfeld and in many low-budget horror films. In Portland, she performs regularly with the comedy show Spilt Milk and has done readings at Off the Page at The Empty Stage, The Other Side, and Grief Rites. She’s the proud mom of a twelve-year old daughter, Dory.