Writing Workshop

Developing Humorous Characters
with Bob Balmer
June 19, 2021

10 to  12:30
Tuition: $45

Students will receive a link to the Zoom class the day before the workshop.

“Developing Humorous Characters” will show how to write characters who are funny, yet are part of a serious piece of writing, or how to write characters who are funny and the humor drives the writing.

Workshop attendees will look at writing from Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, Lena Dunham, Nora Ephrom, David Sedaris and other writers to see how they made characters funny and unique, the characters’ humor often providing relief for the audience, as well as providing insight into human nature. It is excellent for writers of fiction and nonfiction/memoir.

There will be suggested but not required pre-workshop readings.

About Bob
Balmer has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State. He’s attended writing workshops at The University of Iowa summer session, Tin House summer session, a Lynda Barry humor writing workshop through Lewis and Clark, sketch writing and improv sessions at Second City Comedy in Chicago (2 weeks) and improv and stand up comedy classes at The Brody Theater in Portland.

His work has appeared in The Smithsonian, Golf Illustrated, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly, The Oregonian, The Willamette Week, Oregon Coast Magazine, The Guide, ZYZZYVA, Golf Weekly and other print publications. It has aired on MarketPlace, The Savvy Traveler and Oregon Public Radio and Television

Along with leading workshop at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, he has facilitated workshops for: Write on the Harbor, Write in the Sound, Oregon Writers Colony, Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Mary’s Woods Retirement Center and has a workshop pending at Fishtrap.  Readings and more information can be found at his website:  discoveringlaughter.weebly.com

UpcomingWriting Workshop: Humorous Characters

  • June 19, 2021
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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show details + $45.00 (USD)  

Developing Humorous Characters with Bob Balmer.



You will receive a meeting invitation to participate in Zoom meetings, as well as links to any other virtual platforms for this course.