Humor Writing: How to Think, Write, Speak, and Be Funnier!
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Master the techniques professional humorists and comedy writers use to create consistently hilarious material
- Learn how to find humor in nearly any situation
- Discover how to take something that is funny, and stretch it to make it a lot funnier.
- Understand how when you write or present humorous material, subtle things like word choice, word order, and pacing can make a profound difference in whether or not something is funny.
- Learn how to observe comedic masters and learn from what they do.
- Learn how humor can be used in nearly any form of writing or presentation to make it more captivating.
- You must be extremely intelligent, or kind of dumb, or somewhere in between.
- You must know how to play nicely in the online classrooms.
- And if you're feeling a little nervous about signing up for a humor writing course, that is a good thing. It means you are curious enough to test your abilities and learn something new. Don't panic! Everything is going to be okay!
- Finally, if you are signing up at a reduced price during the beta-testing phase, please understand that some of the videos are still works in progress and will be improved dramatically within the next month or two. In the meantime, thanks for your patience! The audio portions of the videos are still packed with information!
Contrary to popular belief, a “sense of humor" is not a magical “gift" a few special people are born with. Humor and writing are skills anyone can develop.
In this online workshop, award-winning humorist and bestselling author Dave Fox teaches you how!
Discover the techniques professional comedy writers use to write consistently funny material. You'll learn how to think, write, speak, and be funnier.
Each lesson includes specific writing techniques and exercises to incite maximum laughs. We'll focus on writing humor columns, personal essays, and creative non-fiction, but the skills you learn can be applied to writing genres of all sorts -- fiction and non-fiction -- as well as stand-up and sketch comedy, cartooning, movie scripts, and more.
Full-blown comedy might or might not be your goal. Perhaps you want to take more serious forms of writing — fiction, feature articles, blog posts, travel writing, children's stories, personal memoirs … even office memos, cover letters, or devilishly sexy personal ads — and sprinkle in some giggles. Whatever genres you write in, this class will help you infuse more laughter into your work.
This course is also wildly useful for people who do any kind of public speaking, who want to keep their audiences awake and riveted to what they are saying.
So come join us in this fun and inspiring (and occasionally weird) workshop, and stretch your comedic potential to cackle-inducing new levels!
Some of the topics we'll cover include:
The universal element present in all humor
Proven tricks to create or strengthen your comedy
Giving your jokes maximum impact with the right words and timing
Stretching your punch lines to make them punchier
Streamlining your phrasing so your punch lines don't get swallowed up in flabby verbiage. (Mastering this skill will make a vast improvement in all of your writing.)
Learning from your favorite professional humorists
When and why to throw away your best joke
Publishing your humor
How to not be that annoying guy at the party with the lampshade on his head
Lots of fun and super-informative video lessons.
Links to lots more videos on YouTube that illustrate specific concepts you've learned. (That's right! You can watch "Saturday Night Live" sketches and a clip from the iconic "Soup Nazi" episode of "Seinfeld" ... and call it studying!
A free e-book of humor essays referenced in the videos
A teacher who's a best-selling author and award-winning humorist ... who loves helping people become hilarious.
I am utterly positive you will not find a humor writing course of this quality anywhere for such a low price! (And if you disagree after checking it out, Udemy offers a 30-day, no-hassle, money-back guarantee.)
So hey! What are you waiting for? Dive in today and start making people laugh so hard, milk will come out of their noses ... even when they're not drinking milk.
"[Dave Fox is] the best writing teacher I have ever had. Talented, funny, approachable, and structured."
– Leslie in Surrey, England
"Dave Fox is an amazing teacher who will give you online feedback as if you were sitting right next to him."
– Joan in Bakersfield, California
Also check out my other courses on Udemy:
Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)
Travel Writing: Explore the World and Publish Your Stories
Deep Travel: Have Adventures No Guidebook Can Tell You About
The Writing Mind 1: Defeat Writer's Block & Write Confidently
The Writing Mind 2: Overcome Distractions & Get More Written
- Writers in all genres -- with the possible exception of obituaries.
- Public speakers, presenters, and anyone who talks to audiences.
- Aspiring stand-up comedians.
- Extremely intelligent llamas
- People who want to be funnier
- (And if you're single, did you know that a sense of humor is one of the things people say they find most attractive? Take this course and you'll be able to write killer online personal ads -- you sexy thing, you!)
Welcome to "Professional Humor Tricks for Writers, Speakers, and Other Misfits!" This course is designed for a wide range of writers and speakers. You'll discover that, contrary to popular belief, a "sense of humor" is not a magical gift that only special people have. It's a skill anyone can learn.
Can you really learn how to be a funnier person? Yes! In this lesson, we'll talk about why and how it's possible.
Some people wonder if studying humor, and learning comedy techniques, takes away the creativity. But no! Just like studying music theory will make you a better musician and composer, studying "comedic theory" will make you a stronger and more consistent humorist. The techniques you learn become your tools, your bag of tricks to draw from. You use those tools to ratchet up your creativity in the joke-writing and storytelling process, so that being funny becomes a lot easier.
Who is your favorite humor writer or comedian? Do you have a favorite movie, a TV show that consistently cracks you up? You can choose anybody you want to be your virtual mentor. Here's how to do that ... and how to thwart the dreaded Cubic Zirconium Conundrum.
Throughout this course, I include short excerpts from my own humor columns as examples of various techniques. This free, downloadable e-book includes all of those columns in their entirety.
As you work through the lessons, you can refer back to this e-book and read the stories pertaining to each individual lesson. Enjoy the stories -- and also watch for the techniques I use as you read them!
Now that we've learned the basic structure of individual jokes, we learn now to weave those jokes together into longer humor tales, essays, and presentations -- with an easy-to-master formula that's used by professional storytellers, sketch comedy and improv artists, TV sitcom and movie writers, and more.
Pitch Your Story
You’ve worked hard in this course and hopefully created some masterful humor. Now that you’ve completed the previous Comedy Lab exercise and polished up a final draft, it’s time to fling it into the world.
For this final exercise, give some thoughts to where you might publish that story. You might also come up with ideas for different versions you could eventually write and pitch to other publications.
Once you’ve given that some thought, feel free to tell us about what you've come up with in the Q&A forums. (And remember, I’m always looking for submissions to Globejotting.com. I especially love travel humor but will consider other topics too. If you’re interested, check out the Writers’ Guidelines.)