This weekend workshop is designed for prose writers of all levels, scribblers of fiction or creative nonfiction who would like to learn how to be funny, or in many cases, funnier, on the page. Whether a writer’s intentions are ultimately serious or light-hearted, being able to make readers laugh is a sure way to attract and to hold their attention. If you can amuse your readers, they’ll follow you straight to the cash register. Just ask Sedaris.
This is a generative workshop, beginning with short readings and exercises. We’ll work on dialogue and distinguish between character and slapstick-based humor. You will end the weekend having learned a trick or two, perhaps even a joke. More importantly, you’ll emerge with a whetted sense of how to be funny on the page, and you’ll have fun doing it.
Eric Goodman’s fifth novel, Twelfth and Race, was published in 2012 by the University of Nebraska Press Flyover Fiction series. He is the recipient of three Ohio Arts Council fellowships as well as residencies at the Headland Center for the Arts, Ragdale, and the MacDowell Colony. Goodman has also published more than 150 articles and essays, with work appearing in the L.A. Times Sunday Magazine, GQ, Travel & Leisure, Saveur, and several anthologies. For the past decade, Goodman has directed the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.