When is It Okay to Laugh? // Webinar

How to Use Humor in Creative Nonfiction

When is It Okay to Laugh? // Webinar

Many writers long to use humor in their writing, but aren’t sure how to do so effectively, and without causing offense. How can you “write funny,” especially about complex and difficult topics, but avoid being insensitive to your readers, or cruel to your subjects?

In this webinar, Shannon Reed, author of the forthcoming book of memoir and humor Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We’re Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, demonstrates how a writer’s careful understanding of scope, tone, audience, and narrative stance can leave readers laughing without discomfort.

In this webinar you will:

  • CONSIDER when humor is an effective tool in writing creative non-fiction (and when it’s not!)
  • MAKE sure their choice of narrative stance is the best one for the work they’re writing
  • FIND the right tone for their work and its intended audience
  • DEPLOY humor effectively within the boundaries they have set for the work

This webinar is appropriate for writers of any level who are interested in how humor works within the written form, particularly in creative non-fiction, and who would like to use humor but are a little uneasy about doing so.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

2 pm - 3 pm EDT

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.

$15 if registered by 06/28/2020
$20 if registered after 06/28/2020

Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.

PLEASE NOTE: It may take a little while for us to process your order and send you the link to the webinar. If you haven't received the link by the morning of July 8, please email us at information@creativenonfiction.org.


About the instructor: Shannon Reed is the author of the forthcoming Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We’re Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, a book of humor and memoir about her twenty-year teaching career. Her work is frequently published in the New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and her credits also include the Paris Review, Slate, the Georgia Review, the Washington Post, and many more. She is a lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.


Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email the director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@creativenonfiction.org.