Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Essay

  • Term: Spring 2023
  • Start Date: May 7, 2023
  • End Date: May 7, 2023
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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Comedic Storytelling

Students should finish this class with a basic concept of how to make painful, strange, or even mundane experiences from their life funny. They'll learn to dig inside their own lives to find humorous and relatable material that unifies an audience. Instructor Margot Leitman will work with each student to hone the stories in their head to a performable place. Students will leave knowing how to structure a story for comedic oral purposes.

Margot Leitman

Margot Leitman


Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller, best-selling author, speaker and teacher. A former story scout for "This American Life," she is considered a leading expert in the growing field of storytelling. Leitman has written two books on the subject: the best-selling, Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need and her latest What’s Your Story? A Workbook For the Storyteller in All of Us both from Sasquatch Books. Her comedic memoir, Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase is available from Seal Press/Perseus Books