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Mining Darkness for Light: The Art of Humorous Memoir

“The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow.” ~ Mark Twain

The strange and magical thing about humor is that its roots are often in sadness, shame, anger, frustration or humiliation. The stories we find the funniest are the ones in which the teller reveals something deeply vulnerable, but finds a way to mine the absurd even from their darkest moments. In this workshop, we’ll reveal ways in which you can do this in your own life—ways to gain perspective and the massive benefits of reframing one’s experience, both to your writing and your life.

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: Courtenay Hameister

Class Type: 1 Session


Start Date: 02/11/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

$81.00 Member Price:
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$90.00 General Price:

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Courtenay Hameister

For 10 years, Courtenay Hameister was the Host and Head Writer of Live Wire, a radio variety show now syndicated on over 110 public radio stations nationally. She wrote and performed over 200 humorous personal essays and lead a revolving team of comedy writers, including some NYT bestselling authors. She’s also a playwright, columnist and screenwriter whose work includes the web series "The Benefits of Gusbandry," which The New York Times called "A masterpiece of pretension-puncturing.” Her memoir, Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

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