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Evening Appetiser: Laughter & Literature



Justine Sless




Literature that makes us laugh is always a joy, but what makes us laugh – and why? In this session we will look at literature that successfully adds levity, gleaning advice from literary greats on what makes us grin, and consider how incorporating comedy techniques can add humour to our own work. This session follows on from Justine’s popular session in 2022 and is suitable for both those who did and did not attend that session.
A photo of Justine Sless.


This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • Elements of joke writing
  • How humour works
  • Techniques that will add humour into your writing
  • Understand how literary greats have used humour
  • Ways to make the reader laugh

About the Tutor:

Justine Sless is a comedian and author. She has written numerous one-woman festival shows, tailored comedy for a vast range of clients and taught comedy to kids and in workplaces. Justine is author of Mistress of Mirth’s COMEDY Tour.

Not a Member?

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) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 23 February 2023 - 4:00
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