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Incorporating
Humor into Your Writing with presenter Ally Broadfield





Class Dates: April 15 through May 10, 2013





Class Location: RWA® Online Chapter 136



Registration: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm





About the class:





Humor is a part of our everyday lives.
It can inspire hope, relieve tension, and help connect us to one another.
Learning to use humor effectively will enhance your work and may even boost
your creativity by challenging you to approach your craft in a new way. Even if
your subject matter is serious, the subtle use of humor can help ease tension
and give your readers a chance to breathe again after an intense scene.
Learning to be funny is one of the most difficult writing skills to master, but
as long as you possess a sense of humor, this class will teach you the skills
you need to add humor to your stories.





Course Syllabus:





Lesson One: What
Makes You Laugh?





Lesson Two: The Building Blocks of Humor



Part I-Wordplay



How Words Sound



Words with a Hard “K” or Hard “C” Sound
are Funny



Pick a Word that Breaks a Pattern



The Rule of Three



Put the Funniest Word at the End



Use a Thesaurus



Double Entendre



Malapropism



Part II: More Tools



Simile



Metaphor



Alliteration



Onomatopoeia



Phonetic Spelling



Satire



Parody



Surprise



Exaggeration



Mangled Cliché



What If?





Lesson Three: Adding Humor to Dialogue



Part I: Dialogue Basics



Construction of
Paragraphs



Punctuation & Rhythm



Dialogue Tags & Positioning



Dialogue Tags v. Action Tags



Pacing



Part II: Modes of Comedic Dialogue



Word Choice



Misunderstanding



Misuse



Slang



Specific
Terminology



Vocabulary




Vulgarity/Profanity



Method of Speaking



Dialect



Diction




Loudness/Softness



Mimicry



Speed



Tone



Part III: Action & Narrative



Action



Setting



Internal Dialogue



Character
Names





Lesson Four: Humorous Characters



Exaggeration



Reversal of
Expectations



Ridicule





Lesson Five: Situational Humor



Everyday Situations



Find the Absurd in a
Serious Situation



Lighten Up a Serious
Story with Humor



Parody



Satire



What You Can Learn From Sitcoms





Lesson Six: Physical Humor





Lesson Seven: Things to Avoid



Character Reactions



Telling Jokes




Physical Humor



Be Careful Who You Make
Fun Of



Wordplay



Don’t Go Overboard





Lectures will include examples and
topics for group discussion, and homework assignments will be used to reinforce
lessons. Individual feedback will be provided on all exercises.





Ally
Broadfield’s bio
:





A
graduate of The George Washington University, Ally Broadfield is a former
school librarian whose passion is sharing knowledge. She has participated in
several RWA sponsored workshops and has studied every book about writing she’s
been able to get her hands on since she decided to stop dabbling and get serious
about being published. She is a News Writer for the Best Friends Animal Network
and an RWA PRO. Her first manuscript she didn’t consign to the dust bunnies
under her bed is currently on submission. She writes historical romance and
young adult paranormal/fantasy romance, and is an active member of SCBWI and
several RWA chapters, including YARWA, FF&P, HHRW and NTRWA.





Registration Period: April 1 - 15, 2013





Registration Deadline: April 15, 2013





Note: Email me at fisc40pa@aol.com for questions. Workshops
are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.





Fee: $15





RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive
free workshops. No registration required
for chapter members. If you decide to join our chapter, it costs $25 and you
must be a member of Romance Writers of America®.





For more information, please contact me
at fisc40pa@aol.com or visit our website
at http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/index.htm





Patti Fischer



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