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Writing Short Humor & Telling Big Jokes

with Mayur Chauhan

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Writing for Performance


Open to all levels

4 Sessions

Start Date: July 9, 2024
End Date: July 30, 2024
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $273.60
General Price: $304.00

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Got opinions, passions, pet-peeves, feelings, curiosity, or frustrations? Channel your fire into fun jokes and short humor pieces in this playful and highly supportive workshop. Start your jokes in class and expand them into short humor pieces suitable for the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Slackjaw, and more over the course of 4 weeks. You will leave class with three polished pieces and a funnier, more creative perspective on the world.  

This class includes:  

  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments. 
  • Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class. 
  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft. 
  • Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works. 
  • Feedback from peers and instructor. 
  • 2-3 hours of writing and/or reading outside of class. 

Students say… 

“Mayur is into this stuff! He's living it. He's open and helpful and optimistic. He doesn't push, he supports. I so admire how he is living the dream of creating all the time, and encouraging others to do the same. Thumbs up to Mayur!” 

“[Mayur] was so funny and had a good heart. I have taken other comedy forms, and don't always find that. I felt uplifted, encouraged, and approachable. Great at giving and receiving feedback as well. Thanks to Mayur!” 

“The assignments and dissecting humor were really fun and interesting, I don't think I've taken time to really take things apart and understand how the jokes work, it was nice to focus on humor specifically as it's not something that's often offered as a class.” 

Registration Dates:

  • June 4: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • June 11: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • June 18: Last day of Early Bird discount
Mayur Chauhan

Mayur Chauhan


Mayur Chauhan is an L.A-based immigrant, writer, actor, and comedian, originally from Delhi. Mayur is a Key West Literary Seminar and Bread Loaf scholar. His humor pieces have been published in McSweeney’s and many other publications.

Describe your teaching style.

My coaching is writer-centered and engaging. I encourage the participants to become more confident in their voice and their work while staying open to suggestions. If there's one thing I'd repeat at least 589 times in class is "You are the final decision maker."

I believe self-care and playfulness are as important as craft and marketplace. Also, I love to meet everyone's pets via Zoom.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

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Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

Hugo House will only process refund requests that are submitted 5 business days or more before the class start date. To request a refund, log in to your account, go to “My Account,” select the “Orders” tab on the left-hand side, click the appropriate order, and request a refund for your specific class. Administrative fees apply. Please see our full refund policy here.

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