Online humor writing class
Professional Humor Tricks for Writers, Speakers, and Other Misfits – With Dave Fox
Coming Soon: A brand new video version of this course! Sign up now and you’ll get the video version free — along with a free critique of one of your humor articles!
Contrary to popular belief, a “sense of humor” is not a magical “gift” a few special people are born with. Humor and writing are skills anyone can develop. In this online workshop, award-winning humorist and bestselling author Dave Fox teaches you how!
Discover the techniques professional comedy writers use to write consistently funny material. You’ll learn how to think, write, and be funnier.
Each lesson includes specific techniques and exercises to incite maximum laughs. We’ll focus on writing humor columns, personal essays, and creative non-fiction. The skills you learn can be applied to humor of all sorts: stand-up and sketch comedy, cartooning, script writing, and more.
“[Dave is] the best writing teacher I have ever had. Talented, funny, approachable, and structured.”
And maybe full-blown comedy isn’t your goal. Perhaps you want to take more serious forms of writing — fiction, feature articles, blog posts, travel writing, children’s stories, personal memoirs … even office memos, cover letters, or personal ads — and sprinkle in some giggles. Whatever genres you write in, this class will infuse more laughter into your work.
These techniques also work wonderfully for public speakers. Your audiences will remain awake, alert, and free of boredom-induced drool.
So if your Inner Censor has been grumbling that you don’t have enough time or money to become a wildly funny, super brilliant writer and/or speaker, put a muzzle on that sucker! Come join us in this fun and inspiring workshop, and stretch your comedic potential to ridiculous new levels!What topics does the class cover?
Some of the topics we’ll cover include:
- Surprise: The universal element of humor
- Proven tricks to create or strengthen your humor
- Giving your jokes maximum impact with the right words and timing
- Stretching your humor to make it even funnier
- Tightening your phrasing so your punch lines don’t get swallowed up by flabby wording
- How to critique and learn from professional humorists
- When and why to throw away your best joke
- Markets for humor writers
- How to not be that annoying guy at the party with the lampshade on his head
The budget-friendly, basic “Giggler” package includes:
- Six fun and informative written lessons of around 4,000 words each.
- Six equivalent MP3 audio lessons you can download and listen to on your computer, MP3 player, or smartphone.
- Six one-page “cheat sheets” highlighting each lesson’s key points.
- Writing exercises for hands-on practice with each lesson.
- Six months’ membership in the “Globejotters’ Lounge” – our online forums and chat rooms – where you can share an unlimited number of stories for peer feedback, meet other students and critique their writing (and learn from their work as well as yours), ask Dave questions, find writing partners, or just hang out and have fun.
- A list of resources to help you further with your humor writing endeavors.
- A PDF e-book with all of Dave’s humor columns referenced in the lessons.
- Wild personal satisfaction as your writing and humor skills soar.
(Please note, the official availability date for this course is April 1, 2013. If you order in March, you will receive the PDF printed lessons and Globejotters’ Lounge access on schedule. Other materials will be sent in mid-March as they become available.)
Want to become an expert funny-person? Add a series of professional critiques with one-on-one feedback from Dave, and supercharge your humor skills!“[Dave’s] humor course has been the foundation of my writing the past couple of years. Specifically, I have used what I learned to secure more writing gigs including a full time blog under my alter ego, Adventure Hermit, for roadrunner.travel [and] a feature in their print magazine.”For each critique, you can submit a humor column or story of up to 1,000 words. (The recommended word count for the course exercises is 500-800 words, so you’ve got some leeway.)
Dave spends roughly an hour per critique offering pinpointed tips to make your stories sparkle. He’ll help you harness your strengths, identify and fix your weaknesses, and develop your unique writing voice. He doesn’t just fine-tune the stories you submit; he focuses his advice to help you become a higher caliber writer and humorist overall.
How the Critiques Work:
- You’ll share your stories in a special area of the Globejotters’ Lounge. Dave will offer detailed, paragraph-by-paragraph suggestions. Your fellow students will also be able to share their thoughts, so along with Dave’s experienced guidance (and twisted mind), you’ll have a team of aspiring humorists helping you become the best writer you can be.
- With the five-critique package, you can submit one story per lesson (excluding lesson one, which has a different type of writing exercise). Once you’ve completed the course, if you like, you can purchase additional critiques and keep polishing your skills.
- You can submit your five stories whenever you like (maximum one story per week) at any time within six months of purchasing the course.
- Dave usually completes critiques within one to two weeks. On rare occasions, his work / travel schedule gets busy and it might take him longer. He posts his schedule in the Globejotters’ Lounge so you’ll know his availability in advance. If he takes more than 21 days to complete a critique, you get an extra one free! (Limit one free critique per person per month.)
This basic package debuts at a special introductory price of US $96 – just $16 per lesson. But… during the 100 Hours of Humo(u)r online party, enter the discount code, “100HUMOR,” and get it for hilariously low price of just $69!
The Class Clown
In his personalized, one-on-one critiques, Dave spends roughly one hour on each story. He offers a limited number of these packages at the the following add-on rates:
- Single critiques: $80
- Packages of five critiques: $350 ($70 each)
Early Bird Special: Five critiques for $300 ($60 each) — Ten of these specially priced packages will be sold during the “100 Hours of Humo(u)r” online festival on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one package per person. Once these ten spots have been filled, additional packages will become available as Dave’s schedule allows (probably in May).
General writing and humor coaching are also available by phone and Skype for $80 per hour. Please e-mail Dave to schedule an appointment.“Dave Fox is an amazing teacher who will give you online feedback as if you were sitting right next to him.”
In the spirit of group learning, discounted critique packages are done in the Globejotters’ Lounge. Your stories and Dave’s comments will be visible to others in the course. But don’t let that scare you! Dave makes it a top priority to give advice in an encouraging and supportive manner, and to foster that attitude in his students — and you retain all copyrights to everything you post.
Frequently Asked Questions
Previous students have reported taking other online courses in the $200-$300 range, in which the teacher’s advice consisted solely of comments like, “Great job!” or “You might want to work on this paragraph.” I offer a lot more than that. When people hire me to help them become better writers, I want them to walk away going, “Yeah! That was wildly helpful!”
Those who are serious about their writing will get far more out of paying me $80 for a focused hour of my time than for paying someone else $20 for five cursory minutes. And… I sincerely believe those who want or can only afford the budget option of this course will get a significantly greater benefit from the supervised, interactive peer feedback than from a course at double or triple the price with a teacher who not only gives hasty and generic advice, but also models that peer-critiquing style for their students.
The five-critique discount packages are a special offer for people who purchase this humor course, or who have taken one of my previous online humor writing classes. You must have an active Globejotters’ Lounge membership (included free for six months with the basic course) to be eligible for these discounted prices.
If you don’t fall into this category, you can still sign up for single written critiques or one-hour phone / Skype coaching sessions at the $80 rate.
Dave’s Satisfaction Guarantee
Hey, I get it: Just because this course is a phenomenal value for some people, that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. If you trust me with your cash, I want you to feel you’re getting a great deal. That’s why I offer these money-back promises:
- For the basic “Giggler” package, you can request a full refund within 10 days of ordering. You’ll receive one lesson per week for six weeks, which means you can cancel up to 72 hours after you receive the second lesson.
- For “Class Clown” critique packages, if you submit your first story within 30 days of ordering and the feedback I provide doesn’t help you, let me know within a week of receiving the feedback. I’ll either fix it or give you a full refund.
- Fine print: These guarantees are only valid within the time periods mentioned above. I sell a limited number of critiques each month and turn down other work so I have time to complete them; therefore, unused critiques are not refundable. Think of this as extra motivation to finish what you start. :-)
How Do I Sign Up?
This course goes on sale March 1 at the the 100 Hours of Humo(u)r online party — beginning at 10 p.m. Singapore time (where Dave lives / 2 p.m. GMT / 9 a.m. US Eastern Time / 6 a.m. US Pacific Time. Check back to this page then, and remember to use the discount code 100HUMOR during the event to get the Giggler course for just $69 and the Class Clown add-on critiques (ten packages available, first-come, first-served) for $300.
Got Questions? Drop Dave an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.