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How to Write for McSweeney’s

All Levels | This four-week course examines the key elements of writing brief, McSweeney’s-style pieces. It also explores publication options within the expanding humor-writing market. You might be encouraged to know that humor sites are surprisingly bookish and produce work that mixes the high- and the low-brow, as evidenced by popular headlines “Our Daughter Isn’t a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn’t Read Atlas Shrugged” and “Famous Writers’ Cosmo Tips.”

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Jeff Bender

Class Type: 4 Sessions

Term: Summer 2021

Start Date: 07/06/2021

End Date: 07/27/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jeff Bender

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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