Beyond the Banana Peel: A Workshop on Writing Humor
February 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructors: Lisa Ellison and Debby Prum
$80 Members | $87 Nonmembers
Saturday, 2/22/20 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
NOTE: Maximum number of students – 8
Quote: “If heaven exists, to know there’s laughs, that would be a great thing.” Robin Williams
During this four-hour workshop, we will discuss the elements of humor, use improv exercises and film clips to demonstrate those elements and then give participants opportunities to write short humorous pieces.
NOTE: Lunch break from 12:00-1:00 PM. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.
Lisa Ellison is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach with a background in mindfulness and mental health. A 2015 recipient of a Virginia Quarterly Review Conference scholarship for potential literary excellence and a finalist in the 2018 Michagonne Fiction Contest, her work and life story have appeared or are forthcoming on NPR’s With Good Reason, and in The New Guard Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and The Guardian, among others. A fan of creating playlists that feature Miles Davis alongside Cryptic Slaughter, she is currently working on two books. In the Land of Flood and Slaughter is a coming-of-age memoir about believing you’ve escaped a fate only to have it find you. Lucky Me is a memoir about how traveling with a heavy metal band into a country that committed genocide gave her the courage to live after her brother’s suicide. A writer in the Moving Forewords memoir collective, Lisa runs the Heart Speak advice column. To learn more about Lisa, check out her website.
Debby Prum’s humorous essays air on NPR-member stations and appear in newspapers and magazines. Her award-winning fiction has been published in many journals and anthologies, including The Virginia Quarterly Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in several publications including Ladies’ Home Journal, Southern Living, The Writer, and The Writer’s Handbook. She’s written funny, anecdotal histories for young adults, including the critically-acclaimed Rats, Bulls, and Flying Machines: A History of the Renaissance and Reformation. She gives workshops on the craft of writing and is a frequent speaker at conferences and festivals.