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Evening Appetiser: Witty Words – How to Make Your Writing Funny



Justine Sless




In this seminar you’ll learn to weave wit through your work across literary genres, from academic writing to short stories, borrowing from joke writing and standup comedy performance techniques to enhance your literary levity. With author, comedian and humour academic Justine Sless, explore the function of humour and ways in which it can add, and be added to, your writing.
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This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • Basic joke construction
  • Prompts to help you write with wit
  • Ways of seeing situations and unearthing the mirth
  • Working with wit across genres

About the Tutor:

Justine Sless is an author, comedian and humour academic. She has an MA by research in creative writing and is author of Mistress of Mirth’s COMEDY Tour. Justine has written numerous one woman shows, tailored material for a vast range of clients and has taught stand-up comedy to kids and adults for over ten years.  Justine is on the board of Writers Victoria, a member of the Australian Humour Studies Association and the Australian Regional Producer of Funny Women, a global platform supporting the business of being funny.

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Lunchtime Bites and Evening Appetisers are free for members. Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our other workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to The Victorian Writer magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

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Phone: (03) 9094 7855
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Evening Appetiser: Witty Words – How to Make Your Writing Funny

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