This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Using the styles of comedy in literature and spoken form, practice and hone your comedy writing skills with hands-on writing projects — to become a better writer.
Become a great writer as you expand beyond the traditional writing course. Get hands-on writing practice using comedy as a springboard for perfecting your writing skills. In an interesting yet challenging way, this course takes the forms, methods, and genres of comedy learned in Part 1 to help you become a better writer. Continue to explore comedy in literature, short forms, sketches, stand up, satire, and more in this enjoyable and practical course for all writing students. Learn how comedy and humor can enrich all academic and creative writing. If you want to extend your writing skills in an enjoyable, practical course (with English, literature, and writing credit), then this is the course for you!
Week 1: In the steps of Literary Humorists: Analyzing and practicing in the form and style of literary giants (Mark Twain, Dave Barry, and more); learning how the writer uses his/her particular talents and skillset to make people laugh; choosing one famous person and writing a humorous story for silent reading in his/her style (quiz, reading/examples, assignment rough draft is turned in).
Week 2: Feedback on Assignment 1 Rough Drafts; analyzing the characteristics, styles, and tips for improving your own writing
Week 3: Final Draft of Assignment 1 Due; presenting our writing/humorous work in-class
Week 4: In the steps of the Writers of Spoken Comedy (sketches and standup): analyzing and practicing in the form and style; learning how to write for an audience who will be listening/for a “live” performance (quiz, reading/examples, assignment is a rough draft).
Week 5: Feedback on Assignment 2 Rough Drafts; analyzing the characteristics, styles, and tips for improving your own writing
Week 6: Final Draft of Assignment 2 Due; presenting our writing/humorous work in-class
Week 7: Writing for Public Speaking and Personal Communications: We will write a speech that could be delivered in a “live” setting (awards, after-dinner speeches, commencement addresses, business presentations, business pitches, and more); learning how to verbally present what’s written with pacing, body language, pitch/tone/inflection, and more.
Week 8: Editing and Finalizing your Work; final presentations!
Course Materials: PDF’s and links to material are provided free by the instructor.
All documents are turned in as Microsoft Word documents. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents free.
Homework: Students will complete three (3) writing projects. There is an estimated two to three hours of homework/coursework per week outside of attending the live class.