Humor Your Readers Can Visualize: How to Make Writing Funnier

Humor Your Readers Can Visualize: How to Make Writing Funnier

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The most potent humor is creative, unexpected, and visual. Although writers are restricted to using words to be funny, a cartoonist and psychologist explain how concepts from their respective disciplines can help writers create more effective, engaging humor. Some of the principles discussed in this OnDemand webinar include relatability, exaggeration, simplification, and aggressive editing. Cartoons and writing examples will illustrate how to problem solve and make scenes funnier and come alive. Adding illustration and psychological principles to a writer’s arsenal will produce funny material that resonates with readers and triggers their imaginations.


Bob Eckstein is a NY Times bestseller, New Yorker cartoonist, and NYU adjunct professor. He’s been selected Humorist of the Month by the Erma Bombeck Workshop, nominated twice Gag Cartoonist of the Year by National Cartoonist Society. He’s written for The NY Times, The New Yorker, SPY magazine, MAD magazine, McSweeney’s, Reader’s Digest, Points In Case, Playboy, National Lampoon, American Bystander, and many others. His new book is The Complete Book of Cat Names (That Your Cat Won't Answer to, Anyway), published by W.W. Norton & Countrymen Press.

Mark Shatz wrote Comedy Writing Secrets (3rd ed) and is an award-winning psychology professor at Ohio University-Zanesville. Dr. Shatz is also a popular public speaker with extensive experience working with writers, including presentations at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference.

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