Online Class: Humor Writing 101

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Course Description

Humor Writing

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the

whole government working for you.(Will Rogers)



 Laughing- the salve of the soul.  When we feel at our lowest sometimes the only thing that can turn our mood around and lift us up is a good hearty laugh.  The comedy capers of some people can at times save our sanity.  We envy those who can readily laugh and even more so those people that can make others laugh. 


This course will help you join this group, by covering things such as the advantages of keeping your humor in flow, how to guarantee laughs, the power of shock value, the importance of preparation and humor as a group effort -- and that's all just for starters!



Writing- when we think back to the things that have moved us deeply, that have stirred us emotionally, many of those have been pieces of writing.  It takes skill to create a piece of writing, one word after another, one sentence after another and put it together in such a way that people really want to read it. 


During this course you'll not only be given advice on how to write, but what not to write, how to market your material in a way that gives you the best possible chance of establishing a continuing comedy writing career and some tips you can utilize to assist you in writing good humor.


This course is not like many others, in that it is not exercise after exercise and so-called hot tips guaranteeing to give you instant writing success, there is no such thing.  What it will do for you is give you the best possible advice on how to build a solid foundation for your humor writing future, i.e. a career in writing that lasts! 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Let It Flow!

Lesson 2: Yes - You Can Learn to Write Humor

Lesson 3: Exactly What is Humor?

Lesson 4: The Skills You'll Need

Lesson 5: Getting Ready to Write

Lesson 6: A 'Hobby' or a 'Career'?

Lesson 7: Getting in the Flow

Lesson 8: Discovering and Establishing Your Particular Market Niche

Lesson 9: The 'Go's' and 'Whoa's' of Shortcuts to Humor

Lesson 10: The Importance of Starting and Maintaining Your Comedy Journal

Lesson 11: Marketing You and Your Material

Lesson 12: Your Exercise Revisited and Renewed

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Recognize that you can learn to write humor.
  • Define what humor is.
  • Describe the skills you'll need.
  • Prepare for writing humor.
  • Determine whether or not to write for fun or profit.
  • Demonstrate basic humor writing techniques.
  • Discover and establish your particular humor niche.
  • Maintain a comic journal.
  • Describe ways to market your material, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1 Quiz10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Quiz10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3 Quiz10
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4 Quiz10
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 Quiz10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Quiz10
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 Quiz10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8 Quiz9
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Quiz10
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 Quiz10
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11 Quiz10
Lesson 12 Assignment25
The Final Assignment25
Total Points:435

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