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The Ins and Outs of Humor Writing – What’s funny and why

May 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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One event on May 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Instructor: Tony Vanderwarker
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Part I, Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Part II, Sunday, May 12, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This two-part seminar occurs on consecutive days, to allow time to digest the information from the first day and apply it toward writing or revising a piece for the second day.

In the opening session, Tony will discuss the elements of humor in writing, using examples from Mel Brooks, David Sedaris and Tony’s own comic novels. The second session will give participants an opportunity to present their humorous writing and engage in good-natured discussion.

Tony got his start writing humor in the ad biz. Not that he wrote funny commercials, but twenty years of the sheer idiocy of the business twisted his sensibilities so he could no longer write straight stuff. His mother once asked him, “Why do you always write silly stuff?” And he answered, “Just take a look at the hat you’re wearing. It looks like a bird is using your head as an airport.”

Before retreating to Virginia to write comic novels, Tony Vanderwarker spent 20 years in advertising in Chicago and New York working on campaigns like “Twoallbeefpattiesspecialsauce” and “Be Like Mike”. He’s published four books and regularly writes humorous columns for Piedmont Virginian and Keswick Life. Tony’s new book, I’M NOT FROM THE SOUTH BUT I GOT DOWN HERE AS FAST AS I COULD, will be available Nov. 15 at bookstores and online. Check it out at www.tonyvanderwarker.com


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May 11, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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