Many short stories and novels are funny, and many are moving, but it’s the rare piece of fiction that manages to be both funny and emotionally resonant. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to use humor to entertain as well as to deepen the emotional impact of our writing. Looking at passages from Lorrie Moore, Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Heiny, and George Saunders, we will examine how these writers strengthen our connection to their characters while making us laugh. There will be time for participants to respond to a writing prompt and, if you wish, to share your writing with the group. Please also feel free to bring a funny/sad/poignant paragraph or two from a favorite literary author to share.
Katherine Shonk is the author of The Red Passport, a collection of stories set in Russia, and the novel Happy Now?, which Publisher’s Weekly called “both tear-jerking and laugh-out-loud funny.” Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Best American Short Stories 2001, StoryQuarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. Shonk lives in Evanston, Illinois, and is working on a (hopefully) funny-sad novel about motherhood.
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