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Saturday, April 17 • 11:30am - 1:30pm
Writing Poetry That Packs a Punch(line)

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The writing of humor trains one to communicate very specific ideas in very particular ways. In order for a premise, concept or joke to land, your audience has to be in on it. So, the writing must be concise. A poetry practitioner innately understands this because both humor writing and poems use many similar techniques to reach the payoff. Both are required to use as few of words as possible to reach the intended result. Both crafts rely on tension and tension-building and the release of tension. Both rely on a rhythmic structure, element of surprise, and feature impactful imagery that leaves an impression. In this workshop we will study various (humorous) poems that feature these elements and more. We will use prompts to jettison our own humorous writing and poems. We will gain clearer understanding of how word choice and word play, rhythm, tension, element of surprise, tone, voice, persona, premise and punchline/closing image can enliven our poems and deliver unforgettable wit and humor to our writing.

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Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. Her book “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” was a finalist for a 2020 Washington State Book Award. She’s the recipient of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Indigenous... Read More →

Saturday April 17, 2021 11:30am - 1:30pm PDT