SCBWI Carolinas 14

This page is for anyone who attended my  Tell Your Tale With Humor workshop at the SCBWI Carolinas conference last weekend. It will remain up until October 30, 2014. If you attended the session and have questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments! I’ve included the beginning slideshow below, in case you didn’t get a chance to catch all of the great advice offered by other authors.


To see more humor writing advice from fellow kidlit authors, click HERE. It will lead to a post I put up at the NE SCBWI conference last year and includes some great tips from humor writers.

While I don’t put my PowerPoint presentations online, I thought it might be helpful to have the different concepts we covered listed below.

  • Snowball: A comic device where one action builds on the preceding action. (This often causes a chain reaction of mishaps and results in some type of comic catastrophe.)
  • Comic Imagery: Inserting a funny picture into the mind of the reader can get you a long way down the road to funny. I wrote more about adding imagery to writing for kids this in a post you can find by clicking HERE.
  • Add Funny Characters: Like Fred and George Weasley!
  • The Reverse: The reverse is also sometimes called the switch or the twist. Basically, it’s when we writers serve the readers the opposite of what they expect.

Remember that we also discussed the need to exaggerate, and to add in plenty of embarrassing moments! 😀

Speaking of which, here is  link my post Empowered by Embarrassment, over on the Writer’s Digest blog. Click HERE.

Also, if you are still seeking representation, don’t forget to mark your calendars for next year’s Greenhouse Funny Prize to see if the contest opens back up for US manuscripts!

There are other great tips for writing humor out there!  You can find an explanation of the rule of three and more in this article about mixing humor into your writing.

Thank you all for attending the Tell Your Tale With Humor  workshop. It was wonderful to be part of the  conference! Happy (and funny) writing!

If you are writing a novel, or if you want to start writing one, check out this online course I am teaching with fellow SCBWI Carolina’s author Rebecca Petruck. It is a four week course starting October 6 and I am giving away a free 20 minute Skype critique for those who register through this conference until September 24. To get the free critique after today, send me an email at with the word critique in the subject line when you register. Click HERE for more details!



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