2014 Workshops and Faculty

Registration opens December 2, 2013 - Click here to get to online registration.

Now That Is Funny: A Workshop in Humor Writing (Weekend Workshop) - Robert Wilder

It doesn’t matter the genre—fiction, essay, poetry, screenplays—much of the work we enjoy reading includes some level of humor. Comedic writing employs all the traditional literary elements (character, setting, dialogue, structure, voice) and raises the stakes by encouraging readers to laugh. In this two-day intensive, we will use varied exercises, prompts, and assignments to generate new material or enhance the humor and humanity in the story that’s been gnawing at us for years. We will also discuss successful published pieces by writers like David Sedaris, Ian Frazier, and Sarah Vowell to examine issues of craft, technique, and ideas that we may try in our own work.

This workshop is open to all levels of writers. If you want to liven up your fiction or try writing a laugh out loud essay based on that embarrassing night in Toledo, this workshop is for you. Not only will we create work that is more fun to read, we will have a lot of fun along the way.

Link to Instructor letter

Les Standiford
Robert Wilder

Robert Wilder is the author of two critically acclaimed books of essays: Tales From The Teachers' Lounge and Daddy Needs a Drink. He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother and numerous anthologies. He has been a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, the Madeleine Brand Show, On Point and other national and regional radio programs including the Daddy Needs a Drink Minute which aired weekly on KBAC FM.
Wilder's column, also titled "Daddy Needs A Drink," was printed monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter for close to a decade. He was awarded the inaugural 2009 Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Wilder lives and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit his website at www.robertwilder.com.