Writing Funny Poems – Sunday 9 June 2019



Sunday 9 June 2019 from 11.15am to 5.00pm

It began the year Jane received her first Barbie, and Dick was given
Mr. Potato Head for Christmas. Jane loved Barbie. She especially loved
undressing Barbie. So did Mr. Potato Head. Soon Barbie and Mr. Potato
Head were slipping off alone to dark corners. The first time it happened
Jane’s mother was fixing a salad for supper: cottage cheese nestled on
a crisp bed of lettuce with canned pears on top. Barbie was nervously
popping her heard off and on. Jane, her mother called, would you please set
the table? That’s when Jane told her mother that Barbie was engaged to
marry Mr. Potato Head.

* The Secret life of Barbie and Mr. Potato Head By Nin Andrews
An excerpt

Funny poems are perhaps the hardest to write well as you can’t predict how the reader will react, if they react at all!

We will look at ways to subvert the ordinary and to write the unexpected while writing funny poems of our own.

How do you make the reader laugh out loud? What is acceptable and what isn’t? How exactly do poets like John Hegley manage to captivate the reader?

We will read and study the poems of writers such as Billy Collins and poems such as The Secret Life of Barbie and Mr Potatoe Head, looking at both childish and adult humour and the fundamental difference between them.

Using jokes, stuffed animals and other poems as inspiration we will explore what works in a funny poem and what doesn’t and how to capture that vital magical ingredient that makes for humour.

This session is suitable for beginners and those more advanced.

Topics Covered

*How to subvert the ordinary
*How to make the reader laugh out loud
*How to tap into your inner child

On the day, we will:

*Create a body of poems
*Discuss what we can learn from the master writers
*Read our work out in a supportive and friendly environment

*You will leave the workshop with a meaningful insight into the structure and techniques of the examples of great writing as well as a confident ability to create meaningful work of this genre. You will also leave with a body of work that you can build on after the session.

*Coffee and tea will be provided on the day!