Short Courses

Creative Writing: Humour

In this course on writing humour, you will explore the relationship between writer and reader through readings and discussion with writer and editor Michelle Elvy.

The focus will be on the what, why and how of humour – including how character, setting, mood, place and space create both set-up and delivery of humour on the page. You will examine the relationship between writer and reader, and explore subtleties of the form across cultures, with examples from readings as well as students’ own writing from each week.

Participants will strengthen their writing by focusing on the intricacies of writing humour. You will learn how to establish the base, creating character and place. You will look at how to develop a slow build or a punchy line. You will also learn how to create a believable voice and controlled pace – both essential elements of humour.

Each week includes a writing assignment and sharing session.



No. of classes Days Dates Time
8 Every Sat 15 Apr – 17 Jun 2023 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Application Information

Course materials

Laptop and writing materials.

Who should attend

Art and language students, prospective art students, art enthusiasts, teachers and/or anyone interested in humour writing.

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit


Note: Course fee not inclusive of application fee and GST.

(after National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy)

Note: NSA fee is inclusive of GST.