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How to Write for McSweeney’s

All Levels | This four-week course examines the key elements of writing brief, McSweeney’s-style humor pieces. It also explores publication options within the expanding humor-writing market. In addition to writing, students should be ready to discuss their comedic influences, provide examples of their favorite humor pieces and videos, and collaborate with peers. No experience necessary, though experience in other genres is a plus.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Jeff Bender

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 01/11/2022

End Date: 02/01/2022

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program and winner of Hugo House's New Works Competition. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Points in Case, Slackjaw, and Little Old Lady Comedy.

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