Description of Class
Do you want your readers to laugh, or just feel lighthearted? Maybe you want to add a twinge of dark humor? What’s too much, and when’s the right time?
Judiciously used humor within a work of tragic or dramatic fiction can serve a multitude of useful purposes. It can provide necessary tension breaks, texturize characters, spice up dialogue, and inject energy into stories which otherwise might buckle under the weight of their somber subject matter.
But how do we weave humor though a dramatic narrative in a way that feels both organic and compelling? What form should it take? How much is too much?
Through a close reading of story and novel excerpts which combine humor with pathos, author Dan Sheehan will explore how authors strategically blend these normally opposing impulses in ways which enhance and enliven their fictions, with a view toward developing techniques and approaches for our own work.
This class will include a writing exercise, craft discussion, and Q&A.Top