Lenny Bruce once said, “Laughter equals pain plus time.” Writers call it “distance,” Buddhists “detachment,” but all would agree that life is pretty funny, in retrospect.
If wisdom is the understanding of how things are versus how we wish them to be, it is also the essence of a good laugh. All of us have had embarrassing experiences. But how can we learn to render the mortifying past into hilarious stories?
Ira Wood has been writing humor for years and now he’s passing on his wisdom to us.
First, we unearth the stories we’ve been wanting to write, then we examine tricks and techniques used by humor writers, and choose those best suited to work for us. We are given assignments to use these techniques, then our work is read aloud and critiqued in a guided setting, free of destructive criticism and the self-deprecating voice of the inner censor.
Be prepared to laugh a lot.
Writers at any level of experience are invited.