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One-Day Short Course: Writing Humour and Comedy

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


What makes us smile or laugh?  Humour is universal, but also context-specific and personal.

Humour has a role to play in all kinds of writing, and this workshop will explore the use of humour in its various forms across genres.

Via practical exercises and examples, we will find the source material, the humour within it and the best way to use it in writing.

Participants will be asked to bring one or more of the following:

  1. a joke that they like
  2. an amusing true-life event/incident/story that has happened to them or someone else
  3. a piece of writing by someone else that they find funny (any genre, fiction or non-fiction)
  4. a piece of writing of their own (in progress or complete) that contains humour

Suitable for writers with all levels of experience, including beginners, writing in any genre.



Naomi Paul is a writer and performer of comedy, theatre, songs and spoken word. She has taken 4-star solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and other festivals, including Brighton and Ludlow. She also tours a story-cabaret show to rural venues in a double bill with Cat Weatherill. Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing and is a member of Birmingham-based Big Script. She has published a first collection of poetry, Displacement Activity and other poems. She comperes events and is an experienced facilitator and workshop leader.



Twitter: @MakingLight1


Course dates:

Saturday 6 April 2019, 10am-4pm.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.


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