University of Iowa

Write Funny to Me

Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

This weekend workshop is designed for prose writers of all levels, scribblers of fiction or creative nonfiction who would like to learn how to be funny, or in many cases, funnier, on the page. Whether a writer’s intentions are ultimately serious or light-hearted, being able to make readers laugh is a sure way to attract and to hold their attention. If you can amuse your readers, they’ll follow you straight to the cash register. Just ask Sedaris.


This is a generative workshop, beginning with short readings and exercises. We’ll work on dialogue and distinguish between character and slapstick-based humor. You will end the weekend having learned a trick or two, perhaps even a joke. More importantly, you’ll emerge with a whetted sense of how to be funny on the page, and you’ll have fun doing it.