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All Levels | Being funny on a blank piece of paper is one of the hardest things to do—and yet all the great writers can do it. How? What can you learn from them? We will look at great short pieces of humorous writing—by writers like Dorothy Parker, Zadie Smith, Maria Semple, and Lindy West—and talk about how those writers did it (all while making it look so easy). Then, we’ll complete short exercises to allow you to try your hand at various strategies for deploying humor in your own work.
Christopher Frizzelle is the editor of the print edition of The Stranger, where he’s worked since 2003. He edited a feature story that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He is the co-author of How to Be a Person, with Dan Savage and Lindy West. He is also the inventor and host of the silent-reading party, which happens monthly at the Sorrento Hotel and has been replicated in cities around the world. Find him on Twitter @thefrizzelle.