Learn to write funny or scary at WriterHouse this fall

Two more classes on offer at WriterHouse:

Seminar: So You Want to Write Something Funny?

Instructor: John Warner
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, October 1, 2011 | 9:00am-1pm

It’s easy. Wait, no it isn’t. Yes it is, once you’ve completed this seminar with McSweeney’s Internet Tendency editor and author of The Funny Man John Warner. He’ll talk about theories of humor, why and how humor is such valuable tool within a larger context, techniques for generating humor, and tips on polishing those laughs from polite chuckles to true lol’s.

John Warner is editor-at-large for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and the author of four books, including the definitive satire on writing advice, Fondling Your Muse: Infallible Advice from a Published Author to the Writerly Aspirant. His novel, The Funny Man, a satire of celebrity and America has been recently released by Soho Press. He serves as co-color commentator forThe Morning News’ Tournament of Books, and as a one-man book recommending service, The Biblioracle. After stints at the University of Illinois, Virginia Tech, and Clemson, he now teaches at College of Charleston.

Writing Suspense Fiction

Instructor: Meredith Cole
Cost: $158 Members | $175 Non-Members
7 Wednesdays, October 5-November 16, 2011 | 9:00am-1pm

Great suspense novels and thrillers have non-stop action, surprising twists and turns, and nail-biting tension. In this class, we’ll work on starting a thriller or suspense novel, and crafting stories that are real page turners. We’ll critique pages in class, and discuss pacing, creating great characters (heroes and villains), and story arcs. Students may either start a project or bring in works-in-progress.

Meredith Cole is the author of two mystery novels: Dead in the Water (St. Martin’s 2010), and Posed for Murder (St. Martin’s 2009), which won the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic best traditional first mystery contest.

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