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Mining Darkness for Light: The Art of Humorous Memoir

“The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow.” ~ Mark Twain

The strange and magical thing about humor is that its roots are often in sadness, shame, anger, frustration or humiliation. The stories we find the funniest are the ones in which the teller reveals something deeply vulnerable, but finds a way to mine the absurd even from their darkest moments. In this workshop, we’ll reveal ways in which you can do this in your own life—ways to gain perspective and the massive benefits of reframing one’s experience, both to your writing and your life.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Courtenay Hameister

Class Type: 1 Session


Start Date: 02/11/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

$81.00 Member Price:
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$90.00 General Price:

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Courtenay Hameister

For 10 years, Courtenay Hameister was the Host and Head Writer of Live Wire, a radio variety show now syndicated on over 110 public radio stations nationally. She wrote and performed over 200 humorous personal essays and lead a revolving team of comedy writers, including some NYT bestselling authors. She’s also a playwright, columnist and screenwriter whose work includes the web series "The Benefits of Gusbandry," which The New York Times called "A masterpiece of pretension-puncturing.” Her memoir, Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

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