Writing Comedic Personal Essays
This personal essay writing seminar was part of Austin Bat Cave’s Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival 2020
The struggle with comedic writing is not only finding what you actually want to say, but how to use comedy as a vehicle to deliver that message. In this course, we’ll focus on marrying the art of personal essay writing with comedic storytelling and letting each complement the other. We’ll explore making the personal feel universal through comedy and anchoring comedic writing in personal experiences to elevate the humor. We will look at examples of great humor writing and personal essays, how to mine your life for stories, and how to make those stories fun to read.
About the Instructor
Sophia Benoit is a writer who lives in Los Angeles. She’s a sex and relationships writer for GQ, and has had bylines in The Guardian, Reductress, Refinery29, Allure, The Cut and more. She went to school originally for screenwriting and also does stand up when the world isn’t in a pandemic; currently she has an advice column newsletter called Here’s the Thing, but you can always always always find her on Twitter.