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Writing 360 Workshops

Tell it Through Jokes: The Joys and Benefits of Stand-Up Comedy

microphones, doodles, graphic of stand-up comedian, dried flowers

Saturday, Mar. 4
11 AM-1 PM ET

virtual event; open to all mentees, all mentors, program alum, and woman-identifying, trans*, and gender-expansive members of the public.

Scared of stand-up comedy? Never fear. It’s just another form of storytelling!

In this workshop, we will learn the basics of stand-up comedy writing, giving special attention to the ways stand-up can be a tool for activism and awareness around pertinent social issues. Participants will gain an understanding of thoughtful comedy writing, what not to do in stand-up, and how to intentionally engage audience members. We will also think through stand-up comedy’s capacity for wellness and processing, how the connection between audience members and comics creates a space for social-emotional learning.

Join us for an afternoon of laughter in which you’ll be able to draft the beginnings of both observational and anecdotal jokes! Participants will have the opportunity to write jokes either for themselves or for Teaching Artist and stand up comedian Annabel Young. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn that stand-up is a medium for everyone—a medium with multiple benefits and applications that has the power to change the world…one joke at a time.

Meet the Teaching Artist

Annabel Young

Annabel Young

Annabel Young (she/her) is a writer, poet, and creative who is passionate about decolonization work. She is Ojibwe by way of Brooklyn (Saginaw Chippewa descendent, ajijaak/crane clan). Annabel holds a B.A. in English and American Studies, with minors in Indigenous Studies and Inequality Studies. She comes to Girls Write Now after acting as both Managing and Layout Editor of Cornell’s oldest literary magazine, Rainy Day, and writing for Cornell’s yearbook. During her undergraduate years, Annabel helped to bring Jamie Black’s REDress project to Cornell to bring awareness to MMIWG2S on campus. In her free time, Annabel can be found writing short stories and poems that focus on themes of family, colliding worldviews, and the daily life of a twenty-something.

This event is open to:

all mentees, all mentors, program alum, woman-identifying and trans* and gender-expansive members of the public

March 4, 2023 11:00 am 1:00 pm EST

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