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"Writing Funny: A Short Course on Humor" with Greg Garrett

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

5/28/2016 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers 


NOTE: This class is SOLD OUT; no walk up registrations will be available at the door.


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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, May 26. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." So goes the old Hollywood saying. But the truth is, we can learn a great deal from studying comedy -- valuable insights about story structure, language, and characters are to be gleaned from writers who have employed tried and true ways to bring the funny to their work

This half-day class with one of our most popular instructors will offer insight into comic relief and comic structures to writers of fiction, long and short form, as well as those working on memoir and personal essays. Class time will be spent laying out a number of ways that writers build humor into their work, and studying some terrific examples from fiction, film, TV, and joke writing. Students should come ready to take notes, and join master teacher and award-winning writer Greg Garrett for a Saturday morning focusing on how you can leaven your story with humor—or how you can be your funniest self.

About the instructor:

Greg Garrett is the author or co-author of over twenty books of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. Greg had taught creative writing, literature, and film for over a quarter-century at Baylor University, and has also read, spoken, taught, and led workshops across the US and Europe. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Greg has taught highly-rated courses for the Writers League on novel writing, point of view, dialogue, and many other topics, and enjoys the chance to meet and work with writers at all stages of their careers. He lives with his wife Jeanie and their family in Austin.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information, visit our Classes page.

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

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit