Adding Humor to Novels and Short Stories with Steve Shrott

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Do you want to write a funny novel or short story? Or perhaps you'd like to add humor to the book you've already written? If so, then this is the course for you.

Some of the areas covered in this two week course, include--
  • The difference between funny and humorous.
  • What makes something fun to read.
  • The importance of character.
  • The three main places to use humor.
  • Specific techniques that will improve your ability to make your novel or short story
  • Joke constructions and patterns that help us get laughs.
  • Learning how the masters, like Janet Evanovich, make their novels funny.
  • Editing the humor.
Intro and Lecture One
  • The two types of novels—dramatic and funny.
  • Why we need humor in dramatic novels.
  • Types of humorous novels--the challenged character, family,
  • fantasy, the wisecracker.
Lecture Two
  • The difference between 'funny' on TV and 'funny' in a novel. What is a premise?
  • Creating humorous premises. The importance of character for humor to work.
Lecture Three
  • Why people laugh at certain characters.
  • Techniques to make your characters funny— opposites, exaggeration, misinterpretation,
  • funny situations.
Lecture Four
  • Where to put the 'funny' in a novel--narration, introspection, description, dialogue.
  • Using exaggeration in description.
  • Ranting as a way to create humorous material.
Lecture Five
  • More humor techniques--the rug pull, similes, the long sentence, joke patterns (the three joke and the surprise joke.)
Lecture Six
  • Editing humor
  • Case studies of funny writers--Dave Barry, Janet Evanovich, Lee Martinez, David Rosenfelt.
Start date
Jun 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM
End date
Jun 30, 2019 at 1:00 AM
Registration end date
Jun 19, 2019 at 1:00 AM
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The instructor is excellent. Breaks down formula/patterns to humor, gives great examples and assignments and valuable personal assignment feedback. I didn't think I was capable of much humor, but now I see where I can use humor in anything and everything I write, even though mostly it's serious or dark. Well placed humorous lines can enhance even dark, creepy, suspenseful scenes. I wasn't sure if I should have taken the class, but I am pleased and happy that I did. I recommend this instructor. His notes, insights and feedback are invaluable.
He gives great examples of various types of humor and breaks things down into bite size portions that are easy to digest. He also gives excellent feedback on the homework and helps you with your attempts at humor.