This class is part of our “Summer Creative Nonfiction Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Tuesday evenings designed to tackle one element of creative nonfiction writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.
They say comedy is tragedy plus time—and what is nonfiction but an exploration of the tragedies of life? Even if your personal essay is sad, serious, or fraught, a little bit of humor can add complexity to your piece.
In this session, Ines Bellina will show you techniques on how to use comedy in nonfiction. Through examples of a wide variety of pieces—personal essay, reported articles, op-eds, and more—we will examine the ways in which humor can be used to portray people, quicken the pace, and keep your readers engaged.
Whether you are sharing the darkness of the absolute worst thing that has ever happened to you or are working on a rip-roaring take of the absolute worst thing that has ever happened to you, this class can help you punch up your story. Get ready to laugh through the tears.