June 10, 2017

Both Sessions: 10 Humor Writing Secrets

Humor lives in the gap between the ridiculous and the real. It’s the humorist who can wedge themselves firmly in that gap and tell the rest of the world what they find. It’s not a gift, it’s not innate, it’s something anyone can learn and use in their own writing.

Anyone who tells you otherwise should be poked in the eye.

If you thought that was funny, that’s because there’s a formula to humor writing. Many writers don’t realize there is, and so they don’t attempt it. But all the jokes you hear on TV or read in books or newspaper columns follow some part of the formula, and everyone had to learn it.

Long-time humor writer Erik Deckers will teach you how to crack the humor formula. He’ll share ten secrets to finding humor in almost every situation (including the ones you’re not supposed to), and the techniques professionals use to “write funny” without resorting to tired clichés, stereotypes, and old knock-knock jokes.

Both sessions are free to members and guests. No registration is required.

Meeting location: TAMPA GOLDEN CORRAL, 6942 West Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL.

Erik Deckers

Erik Deckers is the president of Pro Blog Service, a content marketing agency. He has been a newspaper humor columnist for 20 years, and is the co-author of Branding YourselfNo Bullshit Social Media, and The Owned Media Doctrine. Erik has also written several radio plays and stage plays, and was the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando.

His talks are informative, inspirational, educational, and humorous, and use stories and case studies to convey his message. Every talk is a combination of lessons learned through trial and error, through experimentation, or through a lot of reading.