Make ‘Em Laugh – Spring Feature Workshop w/ Terry Fallis
Three steps to writing funny stories:
1. Acquire or otherwise procure a sense of humour.
2. Use it when writing.
3. Rinse and repeat.
Terry Fallis will lead a discussion of what it takes to be funny with only words on the page. The workshop will explore the types of humour that most lend themselves to the written form, and will examine various techniques used by successful comic writers. Time permitting, there will be a couple of exercises to help move the humour from theory to page. There should also be a few laughs along the way.
A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of six national bestsellers, including his most recent, One Brother Shy, all published by McClelland & Stewart.
His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.“ In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part television miniseries based on The Best Laid Plans earning very positive reviews. It debuted as a stage musical in Vancouver in September 2015. The High Road was published in September 2010 and was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Terry’s third novel, Up and Down, was released in September 2012. It debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal, and won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. In June 2013, the Canadian Booksellers Association presented Terry with the Libris Award for Author of the Year. Terry’s fourth novel, No Relation, hit bookstores in May 2014, opened on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Poles Apart was released in October 2015 debuting on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list. It was one of three finalists for the 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. One Brother Shy was released in May 2017 and became an instant bestseller.
Terry Fallis earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and then spent several years working in federal and Ontario politics. In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis, a full service communications and digital agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa.
He blogs at www.terryfallis.com and his twitter handle is @TerryFallis.