2017-03/14 Humor Writing with David Coddon
Humor writing is among the trickiest techniques in all of fiction, regardless of form (novel, short story, sudden fiction, et. al.) It requires not only skill but judgment, restraint and, like comedy itself, timing. Students will survey in brief the humorous works of a variety of popular authors (from Twain and Thurber to Charles Bukowski and Alexander McCall-Smith), then write inside and outside of class various humor pieces, both prompted by the instructor and of their own design.
David Coddon is a writing instructor and a longtime voice on the San Diego arts, entertainment and cultural scene. The former editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Currents Weekend” and “Night&Day” sections, he wrote a popular column on the arts, “For What It’s Worth,” and chronicled in particular the glitter and impetuosity of the film industry. He is now a contributor to a number of Southern California publications, both online and in print, and is the regular theater critic for San Diego CityBeat magazine. He possesses an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and a BA in journalism from the University of Southern California. He has taught either non-fiction or creative writing for 19 years at institutions including UCSD Extension, San Diego State and San Diego Mesa College, where he is adjunct faculty.
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