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Introductory/Intermediate. Editors and readers love to be surprised by a good laugh amidst even the most intense, profound, and poignant story. An unexpected chuckle provides relief for readers, just like it does in real life. We’ll take a look at numerous examples and examine the mirthful metaphor as the humerus bone that humorous work hinges upon. Come prepared to get serious about joking around. Lecture with brief generative exercises to practice injecting levity into your own serious stories.
Jennifer D. Munro was a Top 10 Finalist in the Erma Bombeck Humor Competition. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Salon; Full Grown People; Gulf Coast; and Best American Erotica. She’s a freelance editor and an award-winning blogger.