Humour is a gift, but it’s also a craft. Whether writing an entirely satirical piece, or producing humorous moments in an otherwise serious story, craft decisions (syntax, sound, juxtaposition and rhythm) can turn a sentence from dull (or, worse, trying too hard) to hilarious. In this half-day workshop with award-winning international author Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers), you’ll learn, discuss, read and write – and, if all goes well, make each other laugh.

Rebecca Makkai (International)

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, winner of the ALA Carneige Medal, one of the New York Times' top ten books for 2018, a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime — four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers' Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.