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Mining Darkness for Light: The Art of Humorous Memoir

with Courtenay Hameister

Genres: Nonfiction, Essay


Introductory, Intermediate

2 Sessions

Start Date: September 30, 2023
End Date: October 14, 2023
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
1 seat left!
Member Price: $162.00
General Price: $180.00

What makes humor strange and magical is that it is often rooted in sadness, anger, or shame. The writers we find funniest reveal deeply vulnerable truths while mining the absurd even from their darkest moments. In this workshop, we'll cover ways to do this in your own writing, strategies to help you gain perspective, and the benefits of reframing your experiences—both to your writing and your life.

No class date: 10/7/2023

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister


Courtenay Hameister is the former host of Live Wire and the author of Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things—Amazon Bestseller and Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist.

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