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2020-2021 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ENL 351 - Comedy Writing

Credits 3
Seminar / 3 hours per week
Requirements: Prerequisite:Major in English and ENL 260; or Minor in Writing, Rhetoric and Communication and ENL 264, 265, 266 or 260; or Minor in Communication and ENL 264, 265, 266 or 260; or LAR-BA
An advanced course on the subject of comedy writing. Students will study the techniques of successful comedy - voice, timing, exaggeration, introspection, and social commentary - by analyzing a variety of genres, from satire to personal essay, to stand-up. Using writers and performers like Jonathan Swift, David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, Louis C.K. and Richard Pryor as models, students will investigate the role of comedy in cultural discourse, while also crafting and editing their own original pieces, both written and performed.