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"How to Write Funny" ONLINE with Wendi Aarons

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12/5/2020 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Comedy is a craft that can be learned like any other.

Think funny writers are natural comedians? Not always! This class will introduce tips, tricks, and easy ways to lighten up dialogue and prose to be more humorous in conceptual humor pieces.

The class will cover:

  • Types of humor (parody, satire, comedic monologues, and others)
  • Strategies and appropriateness for each type
  • Outlets that accept humor submissions
  • Ways to raise your profile as a humor writer


  • You're an aspiring humor writer.
  • You want to add more humor to your prose.
  • You want to learn the elements and formats of humor writing. 


Wendi Aarons is a freelance humor writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker Daily Shouts, McSweeneys Internet Tendency, US Weekly Fashion Police, Scary Mommy, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and various other outlets including NPR Austin affiliate KUT. Her writing is included in the anthologies Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam, 2015) and KEEP SCROLLING TILL YOU FEEL SOMETHING: TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF HUMOR FROM McSWEENEY’S INTERNET TENDENCY (McSweeneys, 2019). Her book "Attention Passengers: An Adult Activity Book" will be released by McSweeneys Publishing in early 2021. Her humor pieces have been performed by actresses including Uzo Aduba of "Orange Is the New Black" and Alison Brie of "Glow."

Wendi’s eponymous blog was named “Funniest Parenting Blog” by Parents Magazine in 2013. She was also the Winner of the 2017 Iris Award for “Most Entertaining Writer” at the Mom 2.0 Influencer conference and was named a “Voice of the Year” by BlogHer twice. In 2014, Wendi co-created the viral Twitter parody account @PaulRyanGosling. Multiple tweets from that account were featured on national media including The Rachael Maddow Show and the Today show. Her personal Twitter account has 15,000 followers, and her tweets have appeared in numerous “funniest tweets” lists, from Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, BuzzFeed, Mashable and more.




$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CST on Friday, December 4. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time. 

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.



Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE.

A couple of days before the class, you will receive an email with login information. Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your computer's Flash or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually take only a few minutes, but you don't want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit


This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to