Start date April 3 2021
10:00 am EDT to 1:00 pm EDT

Writing the McSweeney's-Style Piece with Jeff Bender


To write satirically means to complain artfully. When conceiving a humor piece, we do well to enlist our pet peeves. Anger and irritation can fuel strong comic writing. Do you have revenge in your heart? Do you rankle easily? You might be funny. Often the challenge is not to attack the subject head-on but to embody it in the narrative and—in doing—empathize with it.

Literary types might be encouraged to know that humor sites are surprisingly bookish and produce work that mixes high- and low-brow, as demonstrated in popular headlines “Our Daughter Isn’t a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn’t Read Atlas Shrugged” and “Famous Writers’ Cosmo Tips.” 

This 1-day course examines tactics of writing brief, McSweeney’s-style pieces and explores publication options within the expanding humor-writing market. We'll talk about lists versus monologues as well as timely pieces versus "evergreens." Beginners welcome.

The cost of this class is $65. To apply for financial aid for a shorter class, please download and email the Financial Aid form to classes@bluestoop.org. The deadline to apply is by Wednesday, March 31st EOD. 

Jeff Bender is a graduate of Columbia's School of the Arts. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature, Guernica, The Iowa Review, Points in Case, Slackjaw, and Little Old Lady Comedy. He lives outside his hometown of Philadelphia with his wife and two kids. 

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Tuition $65.00