Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Comedy in Writing

Kristen Arnett, PEAR

Thursday, September 5


Heinen Design Lab

$65, $55 mbrs.

Unpacking – and subsequently repackaging – the way jokes and humor sit inside of work. In this lecture, we’ll take a look at repetition, self-deprecating humor, copycatting, absurdism, and a slew of other techniques and processes that help us understand why the hell something is funny. PEAR Kristen Arnett also presents this popular lecture at Tin House Workshop and the American Short Fiction Workshop.

Kristen Arnett is the queer author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and the New York Times bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. She was awarded a Shearing Fellowship at Black Mountain Institute, has held residencies at Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and the Millay Colony, and was longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize recognizing mid-career writers of fictionHer work has appeared at The New York TimesTIME, The CutOprah MagazineGuernica, Buzzfeed, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Salon, and elsewhere. Her next book (an untitled collection of short stories) will be published by Riverhead Books (Penguin Random House). She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and lives in Orlando, Florida.

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