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Humor lives in the gap between the ridiculous and the real. It’s the humorist who can wedge himself or herself firmly in that gap and tell the rest of the world what they find. It’s not a gift, it’s not innate, it’s something anyone can learn and use in their own writing. Many writers don’t realize there is actually a formula to humor writing, and so they don’t attempt it. But all the jokes you hear on TV or read in books or newspaper columns follow some part of the formula, and everyone had to learn it. Long-time humor writer Erik Deckers will teach interested writers how to crack the humor formula in a one-hour session. He’ll show you secrets to finding humor in almost every situation (including the ones you’re not supposed to), and the techniques professionals use to “write funny” without resorting to tired clichés and stereotypes. You’ll learn how incongruity, surprise, and exaggeration can all be used in almost any kind of writing — except funeral notices.

About the Presenter:

Erik Deckers is the president of Pro Blog Service, a content marketing agency with clients throughout the United States. He is also the co-author of Branding Yourself, No Bull**** Social Media, and The Owned Media Doctrine. Erik has been blogging since 1997, and a newspaper humor columnist since 1994. He has written several radio and stage plays, and numerous business articles. Erik was the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL, and now serves on their board of directors.