Winter 2018: Writing the Humorous Essay


Winter 2018: Writing the Humorous Essay


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January 24 – February 7, 2018 (3 class meetings)
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
All classes meet at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Instructor: Courtenay Hameister
For writers at all levels

For writers who like to “think funny” and want to learn more about writing humorous essays with a strong sense of voice and timing. Subjects covered include where to mine your material, the comedic benefits of truth-telling, and Sarah Silverman’s best advice about learning to edit yourself.   

Courtenay Hameister is a columnist, teacher, playwright, and author. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Oregon Humanities Magazine, and for twelve years on Live Wire Radio. Her book Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things will be published in February of 2018 from Little, Brown.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at with your name, contact information, and list three classes in order of preference. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting. Contact Susan Moore at for more information.