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Writing Humor with Suzanne Roberts

$65.00 · June 3

We will discuss elements of humor, the benefits and the pitfalls of using humor in different situations, and the case for taking humor more seriously in our writing.

Start Date

June 3

Day(s) of the Week

Monday

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

In stock

Description

We sometimes feel helpless when confronting the world’s problems. We know we need to speak out, to write through it, but when we comment on difficult and controversial issues, we often worry about sounding judgmental or else adding to the doom and gloom. One way to enter scary terrain is by being funny. We’ll talk about using the craft of literary humor to engage audiences, create optimism, inspire resistance, and encourage a sense of community, because nothing brings people together like a good laugh. We will discuss elements of humor, the benefits and the pitfalls of using humor in different situations, and the case for taking humor more seriously in our writing.

About Suzanne Roberts

Suzanne Roberts is a South Lake Tahoe-based travel writer, and the author of the lyrical essay collection Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties (Longlisted for the 2023 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay), the award-winning travel memoir in essays Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel (2020), and the memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail  (Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award), as well as four collections of poems. Named "The Next Great Travel Writer" by National Geographic's Traveler, Suzanne's work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays and included in The Best Women's Travel Writing. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Rumpus, River Teeth, and elsewhere. She holds a doctorate in literature and the environment from the University of Nevada-Reno and teaches in the low residency MFA program in creative writing at UNR-Lake Tahoe. More information may be found on her website: www.suzanneroberts.net