Writing the McSweeney’s-Style Piece
This four-week course examines the key elements of writing brief, McSweeney’s-style humor pieces. It also explores publication options within the expanding humor-writing market. In addition to writing, students should be ready to discuss their comedic influences, provide examples of their favorite humor pieces and videos, and collaborate with peers. No experience necessary, though experience in other genres is a plus.
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.