Writing the McSweeney’s-Style Piece

The cost of this class is $65. To apply for financial aid for a shorter class, please download and email the Financial Aid form to classes@bluestoop.org. Date for this class is April 3 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

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Registration deadline: Monday, 4/1 EOD.

To write satirically means to complain artfully. When conceiving a humor piece, we do well to enlist our pet peeves. Anger and irritation can fuel strong comic writing. Do you have revenge in your heart? Do you rankle easily? You might be funny. Often the challenge is not to attack the subject head-on but to embody it in the narrative and—in doing—empathize with it.

Literary types might be encouraged to know that humor sites are surprisingly bookish and produce work that mixes high- and low-brow, as demonstrated in popular headlines “Our Daughter Isn’t a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn’t Read Atlas Shrugged” and “Famous Writers’ Cosmo Tips.” 

This 1-day course examines tactics of writing brief, McSweeney’s-style pieces and explores publication options within the expanding humor-writing market. We’ll talk about lists versus monologues as well as timely pieces versus “evergreens.” Beginners welcome.