Students will explore humorous writings in class and then discuss what about them makes us laugh: from exaggeration to characterization, from one-liners to irony and many other techniques. Special attention will focus on how the authors used events from their lives for humorous material.
Bob Balmer’s first humorous essay was published in The Oregonian in 1992. His work has appeared in The Smithsonian, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly, Golf Illustrated, and many other publications. It has aired on the radio shows The Savvy Traveler and MarketPlace as well as on Oregon Public Radio and Television. Balmer has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and attended the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop and the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop at Reed College.
The one-day workshop with Bob Balmer costs $60. Add $50 for a one-night double-occupancy stay at Colonyhouse.
Bob’s workshop is part of the Colonyhouse Mix-It-Up event, with three workshops for one bargain price.