Master Class: Humor 101

Sunday, April 23 - 9:00 AM

Join 2009 Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro for an epic master class on humor!

In Laurie Notaro’s words, “It’s taken 30 years of writing humor for me to understand some aspects of it—what does pacing and rhythm, word choice and voice have to do with it? And what, exactly, is humor? What makes one thing funny while something almost identical misses the mark?”

In this class, Laurie will walk you through methods that took her decades to figure out. Drawing on her experience as a reporter, non-fiction, and fiction writer, she will teach you how to build story structure, fit the pieces of a story together, and find hints for a great ending. Using real writing examples, you’ll dissect the elements to see what works best in a humorous work as well as in “straight writing,” and determine what you need to develop a full piece. Laurie will also show you how to retain your humor during the editing and publishing process when working with editors and others who aren’t as funny as you are (it happens!).


91 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
Event Type


Thurber House

Date / Time

Sunday, April 23, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


(614) 464-1032
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