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A Laughing Matter: How to Add Humor to Your Writing

Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Starts March 5, 2019
Stephanie Lehmann
Seven weeks, $350

Whether you’re trying to craft essays with humor, become an amusing public speaker, write that memoir, find success as a stand-up comedian so you can have an excuse to drink all the time (or sleep around), or publish the next Pulitzer Prize-winning comic novel, this workshop is most definitely for you.

Sessions cover the different kinds of humor, such as irony, sarcasm, satire and parody. Comic videos add to our exploration of joke-writing, wordplay, incongruity, exaggeration and reversal. In-class exercises and games help to find and enhance your natural comic abilities. Fun assignments help you learn techniques to add humor to your writing. Students share work in a fun, friendly, supportive atmosphere.

Topics include:

Take My One-Liner, Please

Observations about Observational Comedy

Exaggeration: More Important Than Life Itself

Understatement: We’ll Get To This If We Have Time

Irony – Not That It Matters

Sarcasm – Not That You Care

Parody – The Best Way to Steal Material Without Getting Sued

Develop Your Persona (Can also be used for your online dating profile)

Free Association… Priceless
Satire in the Age of Fake News

How to Play with Your Words and Not Your Food

Acclaimed novelist and awesome teacher Stephanie Lehmann leads this workshop. Stephanie’s most recent novel, ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE (Simon and Schuster), was selected by Library Journal as a best novel in 2013, and by Kirkus Reviews for best summer reading. Stephanie worked for many years as a literary agent and editor at the Elaine Koster Literary Agency.

Stephanie’s earlier novels include THE ART OF UNDRESSING (Penguin), YOU COULD DO BETTER (Penguin), ARE YOU IN THE MOOD (Kensington), and THOUGHTS WHILE HAVING SEX (Kensington). Her work has been translated into Italian, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Chinese, and German. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and at, where her essays have been published. Musings about the history of fashion, feminine hygiene products, and many more fascinating subjects can be found on her website,

Stephanie lives and laughs in New York City.


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