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And Now For Something Completely Different: Finding the Funny in your Writing with Jonathan Cardew

July 28-30, 2023

Mel Brooks famously said that “tragedy is me stubbing my toes; comedy is you falling down a manhole and dying,” but comedy can come in many shapes and forms, and often can be mined from the most unexpected places. In this interactive and generative workshop, we will peel open the funny onion to investigate humor writing in all its glorious, understated, LOUD, absurdist, joyous modes, with a focus on prompts to kickstart our comedic scribbling. From horror funny, to deadpan funny, to surrealist genre-bending funny, by the end of this workshop, you will be funny guaranteed (ish).

About the Instructor
Jonathan Cardew won a travel toothbrush at a boules competition in northern Brittany. His stories appear in Passages North, Cream City Review, wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, Superstition Review, Best Microfiction 2021, and others. He is the author of A WORLD BEYOND CARDBOARD (ELJ Editions) and the blog editor for Bending Genres. Ignore him on Twitter @cardewjcardew.

Online Roundtable

This four month program brings the experience of our instructors (like our very own editor-in-chief and award-winning writer Robert Vaughan and our fiction editor Meg Tuite) in an informal online setting. Participants receive a monthly “lesson” and writing prompts, mid-month meetings with your cohort in an optional full group Zoom Meeting, and monthly one-on-one sessions with the instructor via Zoom.

Writing Retreats

Each year we offer a couple week-long, in person writing retreats. You will have the opportunity and inspiration to explore the unique challenges that writers face in writing a new piece each day. The workshop is ideal for writers of all levels of experience, from previously published writers to novice writers who are ready to launch into new terrain.

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