Writing for McSweeney’s
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life
Open to all levels
This six-week class will take you through converting pet peeves and bizarre thoughts into short satire pieces like the ones you see in McSweeney’s. Hugo House students might be encouraged to know that humor sites are increasingly literary, as seen in popular headlines "Our Daughter Isn’t a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn’t Read Atlas Shrugged" and "Famous Writers’ Cosmo Tips." Students should be ready to share and collaborate. Special guests likely.
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June 6: Member registration opens
June 13: General registration opens
Jeff Bender is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program and winner of Hugo House's New Works Competition. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Points in Case, Slackjaw, and Little Old Lady Comedy.
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