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Satire is often called the “comedy of outrage.” It’s a form of writing that uses the deep emotions of the author to express a point of view through comedy. In this workshop, you’ll look at satirical examples, learn tips and tricks, discuss different formats that work for The New Yorker’s “Shouts & Murmurs” section and McSweeney’s and learn a repeatable brainstorming process to use going forward to create topical and evergreen satire.
Riane is a humor writer and occasional essayist living in the Midwest. She’s a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Mad Magazine, Reductress, Paste Magazine, Parents Magazine, and more.
Satirist and creator of The Second City’s Online Satire Writing program, Caitlin Kunkel will teach you how to synthesise facts and research—then make it funny. She’ll help guide students from the brainstorming process to forming a comedic premise and inserting your point of view into a humour piece.
She’ll discuss forms used on sites like McSweeney’s and The New Yorker, where satire pieces frequently go viral and can lead to book deals and increased followings.
Caitlin co-authored the satirical gift book “New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay” off a topical McSweeney’s piece.