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The Punch-Up: Unleashing Your Humor on the Page

with Beth Lisick and Lynn Breedlove

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction


Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: August 7, 2022
End Date: August 7, 2022
Day of Week: Sunday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 10 seats
2 seats left!
Member Price: $81.00
General Price: $90.00

CLASS UPDATE: Due to a change of schedule for the Sister Spit tour, this class has been moved online.

Do you have a sense of humor, but find it hard to translate that humor into your writing? You know what you're going for, but feel like it's falling flat? Explore methods and get tips on finding the funny in this "writers' room" session. Bring your essays, stories, monologues, and screenplays to share and punch up!

Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick

Writer and actor Beth Lisick is the author of six books, including the New York Times Bestselling comic memoir Everybody into the Pool and the recent novel Edie on the Green Screen. Her recent projects are the feature film Mirror Moves and the serial opera podcast The Electronic Lover, for which she and composer Lisa Mezzacappa received a grant from the Gerbode foundation. Lisick has also worked as a promotional banana mascot, a baker, and an aide to people with developmental disabilities. 

Lynn Breedlove

Lynn Breedlove

Lynn Breedlove, author of the novel Godspeed and the performance text On Freak Show, derived from his one-man-show of the same name. For his long-term contributions to Bay Area queer culture – from stints in music ensembles from Tribe8 to The Homobiles, to entrepreneurial accomplishments such as establishing the first all-female bicycle courier company, Lickety Split, to the pioneering, queer-centric ride share business Homobiles, Breedlove received a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Breedlove last joined Sister Spit on their 1998 tour.

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