Daniel Menaker to teach Humor Workshop

Daniel Menaker will teach “The Art of Comic Writing” in Key West in January 2014. Photo by Chip Cooper.

We are very happy to announce that Daniel Menaker will rejoin our writers’ workshop faculty for January 2014. This brings the number of courses in our 2014 Writers’ Workshop Program to ten, our broadest offering yet.

Menaker’s “The Art of Comic Writing” will cover humor in writing in all its forms, with a concentration on short comic pieces along the lines of the New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs column. Menaker’s unique high/low approach to comic writing will examine humor in such classic literary works as Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice, while also incorporating video from The Daily Show with John Stewart, and considering the work of such comedians as Richard Pryor and Chris Rock.

The workshop is open to all levels and requires no advance submission. Click here for more details.

Menaker worked as an editor and writer for 26 years at the New Yorker, and has contributed fiction and humor and essays and journalism to Harper’s, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. The former Executive Editor-in-Chief at Random House and an O. Henry Award-winner, he is the author of six books, two of them New York Times notable titles. Menaker’s memoir, My Mistake, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in November of 2013.

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