Go Rogue! Adult Writing Workshops are back for a special summer series: Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out—A Rogue Summer Humor Writing Series with author and humorist Brooke Preston.
Summer is a perfect time to look on the sunny side of life, so these one-hour Thursday evening workshops are no-pressure and devoted to writing for the heck of it. You’ll have a blast with silly and seriously fun humor prompts and exercises that are sure to warm up your creative energy. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect!
This summer, Go Rogue! is a five-part series. You can choose to sign up for any number of workshops. Over the course of the five weeks, we’ll explore the ins and outs of humor writing. You’ll be challenged to make yourself and the rest of the class laugh with your hilarious original creations!
*All workshops will be held virtually on Zoom. Zoom is free and you do not need an account to use it.*
> Thursday, June 24: A Funny Thing Happened: Humorous Memoir and Storytelling
Through fun group discussions and exercises, learn to mine your own funny anecdotes and memories for golden memoir and comedic storytelling fodder.
> Thursday, July 8: You're a Character: Prompts for Comedic Character Building
We all know at least one person who is quite simply "a character." In this session, we'll learn how to distill details, quirks, and character traits from real-life characters, and heighten them into source material for your fictional ones.
> Thursday, July 22: Hysterical Hyperbole: The Art of Comedic Exaggeration
Specificity. Exaggeration. Hyperbole. Great comedy takes small truths and universal moments, and heightens them for laughs. Let's practice the art of comedic exaggeration!
> Thursday, August 5: The More You Know: Mining Your Passions and Knowledge Bases for Laughs
Whether you're a subject matter expert for your work, or you've developed a unique personal passion or obsession, everyone has specific stores of knowledge that can be tapped to create rich comedic worlds and funny details. Learn to tap into yours!
> Thursday, August 19: Gallows Humor: Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard
Sometimes you have to laugh so you don't cry. We'll play with how, why, and when to generate (with as much tact as we can muster) the art of dark comedy and "Gallows Humor."
Brooke Preston is an Ohio-based comedy writer, satirist, and storyteller. Her work has been featured in McSweeney’s, Reductress, Romper, Men's Health, The Huffington Post, and other fine outlets and crumpled napkins; she is a proud faculty member of The Second City, where she teaches the online satire writing program. Brooke is a co-founder and editor of The Belladonna Comedy, an online satire publication by women and non-binary writers, for everyone. She and her fellow editors co-wrote the satire book New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust and Equal Pay. Follow her on Twitter at @bigu.