Defying Expectations: Bringing the Funny to Fiction
Saturday, January 20 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn to bring the funny to your work.
In these dark times, more than ever, readers need a laugh. At its core, comedy is an art of defying
expectations, and all writers, whether you're interested in writing comedy or not, benefit from defying
expectations. This course will deconstruct funny scenes and passages in recent fiction and use these
examples as guides to help you bring the funny to your work and defy the expectations of your readers.
A MacDowell Colony fellow, Leland Cheuk is the author of the novel "The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong"
and the story collection "Letters From Dinosaurs." His work has been covered in VICE, The Millions, and
The Rumpus, and appears or is forthcoming in Salon, Catapult, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Leland
teaching fiction workshops at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute and the New York Writers
Coalition. He lives in Brooklyn.
Leland is an Artist in Residence at Caldera, a program that awards creative individuals, collaborations, and
performing ensembles the gift of time and space at the Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. This
workshop is in partnership with Caldera.