Writing Humor for Young Readers

WRITING X 446.4E

Sharpen your comedic writing skills as you learn to imbue your writing for young readers with irresistible humor in a variety of ways. 

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In-Person
Starting at $720.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn about types of comedy from physical humor to word play, comic plot inventions, and beyond
  • Identify which forms of humor are most natural to you as a writer and how to drill down into your innate skills
  • Complete exercises and discuss mentor texts that help you build your writing skills
  • Understand how audiences will react to your work and where you can improve

About this course:

A look at any children’s book best seller list tells us that young people love books that make them laugh. Ask anyone in children’s publishing…a book with humor is a winning proposition with blockbuster potential, whether it’s a picture book like Dragons Love Tacos, a chapter book like Captain Underpants, a series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid,  a classic novel like The Phantom Tollbooth, or even a bittersweet YA novel like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. In this course, you will sharpen your comedic writing skills, learn about the many types of comedy ranging from physical humor to word play to comic plot inventions to farce to outright silliness. Most important, you discover what makes you laugh, what kinds of humor you are authentically capable of creating. Through participating in weekly specific writing exercises, analyzing mentor texts across many genres, and engaging in critiques of your own work in progress, you’ll heighten your ability to write humor and come away with an understanding of your comedic voice. As a bonus, we’ll have a lot of laughs along the way! By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and refine their comic voice in a work of their own creation.

Winter 2023 Schedule

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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
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Instructor: Lin Oliver
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Fee:
$720.00
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Location: UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
ENROLL BY: Jan 17, 2023
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. 
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 31, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Tue Jan 17, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Jan 24, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Jan 31, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Feb 7, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Feb 14, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Feb 21, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Feb 28, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Mar 7, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Mar 14, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
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Tue Mar 21, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood

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