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Writing Humour - Non-Fiction and Fiction

with Tony Kirwood

Four-session online workshop, 1 - 1.5 hour per session, live teaching, via Zoom.

The length of the sessions varies depending on the session topic and the questions and discussions that arise.
Sessions will be a minimum of one hour.

To enrol please click on the green link below

Sold Out: Thursday 13th January 2022, 7pm for four consecutive weeks, ending on 3rd February 2022

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Workshop fee: £99.99

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Join us in our Zoom classroom for this four-session writing workshop from the comfort of your own home. With numbers strictly limited to ten, this workshop will guide you through a variety of techniques that will bring humour into both your non-fiction and fiction writing.

To help you develop your humours writing you'll be given exercises to complete in the class and some homework to complete each week. The homework will be discussed at the start of next the session.

This is a great opportunity to develop your writing skills and make friends with others on the same journey. This workshop is suitable for writers who want to bring humour into their writing, including beginners. It's an ideal complement to our home-study creative writing courses.


Workshop Outline:

Week 1: Writing Humour Non-Fiction Part 1 You start this session by examining some of the great humour writers. Then you’ll learn how to use everyday life as a source of inspiration. You finish by looking at a variety of techniques you can use to make your writing funny.

Week 2: Writing Humour Non-Fiction Part 2 In this session you’ll discuss what makes something amusing. You look at a few more humorous techniques and how to write character pieces. Finally you’ll talk about writing a humorous article, how to find a market and how to submit to editors.

Week 3: Writing Humorous Fiction Part 1 This week you’ll look at the different types and genres of fiction, where to find ideas for your stories, characters and plotlines and you are given some useful plot tropes.

Week 4: Writing Humorous Fiction Part 2 In this session you learn how to write comic characters, with tips on how to find their voice. You’ll think about which viewpoint to write from, what tone you should adopt and how to give your readers permission to laugh. You’ll finish by looking at how to find markets for your stories and how to submit them.


Workshop Fee: £99.99

Tony Kirwood Writer

Workshop Leader: Tony Kirwood

Tony writes fiction, articles and comedy sketches. Much of his work is humorous although sometimes it's scary. Sometimes it's both. His non-scary book How To Write Comedy was cited by the Stage Newspaper as the best training book of the year. He’s had stories in the fantasy genre published and read out. His column The Blog of Samuel Pepys appeared regularly in The Greenwich Visitor paper.

Tony teaches creative writing, comedy writing, comedy appreciation and drama in colleges and venues across the country. He tutors regular classes at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College in South London. He has also led workshops at literary festivals and similar events.


By taking part in this workshop you will:

  • meet other writers

  • have time to ask questions as there are only ten participants per group

  • learn how to bring humour into both your non-fiction and fiction writing

  • learn industry secrets on how to find markets and approach editors

  • gain increased self-confidence to take your writing forward on your own.


This workshop is run by Budding Writers in partnership with The Writers Bureau