The Whistler Writing Society invites the public to attend their Annual General Meeting on August 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whistler Public Library. Pizza, camaraderie, and local literary updates will be served. From 7 to 9 p.m., award-winning author Susan Juby will lead a free humour writing workshop, Poke the Soufflé.
Analyzing humour is sometimes compared to poking a soufflé: one risks the dish collapsing into an unsightly mess under surveillance. In this workshop, we will gingerly investigate the techniques that can make any writer’s attempts at wit and levity, absurdity and satire, not to mention hijinks, more successful. We will explore what makes a piece of writing funny and discuss the risks and rewards of introducing humour into your work. There will be exercises suitable for those who already comfortable working in the comedic mode and those more inclined to tragedy than comedy.
About the facilitator:
Susan Juby’s novels have been published all over the world and won and been nominated for many awards. The Republic of Dirt won the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2016 and The Truth Commission won the Sheila Egoff/BC Book Award and the Amy Mathers Award for teen fiction in 2016. She was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Alice MacLeod trilogy, which was adapted into a CTV/Comedy Network television series called Alice, I Think. Alice, I Think was also named one of the essential 40 Young Adult novels by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Susan was raised in Smithers, B.C. and she started her degree in English literature at University of Toronto and completed it at University of British Columbia. After working as a book editor for several years, she completed a Master of Publishing degree at Simon Fraser University. Susan has given workshops and talks all over Canada and the United States and taught for a time in the Optional Residency MFA program at University of British Columbia. She has been teaching at Vancouver Island University since 2009.
Visit Susan at SusanJuby.com.