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Writing Workshops

Comedy, Culture, and Critical Thinking with Dan McGrath (Sold Out)

$395

6 Sessions

In stock

Once a week Wednesdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT April 14 to May 19, 2021

Online via Zoom

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Thierry Kehou at thierry@centerforfiction.org.


The course will have two main goals: one is to try to assist the student in identifying and using comedic literary strategies (dramatic, poetic, performative, and fictional) to assess, criticize, and better understand the state of modern American culture as we find it, both in a “pop” (viz popular) sense and also in a broader and more historically-grounded sense. Assigned materials will strive to be brief, short, sharp, and directly to the point.

The second goal of the course is to assist students in using these elements to better craft and create their own stories and narratives, in any medium. We will use a variety of sources and voices, including literary fiction, poetry, comic strips, TV and movie selections, and also the ludicrous random detritus of actual modern life.


All Levels
Capacity: 12

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.

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    Dan McGrath

    Dan McGrath

    Dan McGrath was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is an ice hockey player, and speaker of Latin and Japanese. Dan attended Regis High School (NYC), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), and the School of Hard Knocks (Universal). He’s a professional comedy writer who has worked extensively in television (The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, among others). Dan’s writer credits can be found here.