Workshop: Hone that funny bone with Neil McKinnon, Sept. 18

(Incorporating Humour into Your Writing)
A Humour Workshop with Neil McKinnon
Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino, BC
September 18, 2014 / 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Registration Fee: Fed Members $20, non-Fed members $25

Fed Members - $20 
Non Members - $25 

What makes something humorous? Join author Neil McKinnon as he leads you through a series examples, exercises, humorous devices and some do’s & don’ts, all designed to put the fun into funny. This workshop is for you if you want to write humour or use some humour in your writing.

Topics and questions that will be addressed are:

  • What is Humour?
  • How to Generate Funny Ideas
  • What Makes Something Funny?
  • Writing Humour
  • What is a “Sense of Humour?”
  • Writing for Your Audience
  • Humour Devices
  • Writing a Humorous Short Story or Novel

WARNING: This workshop may contain humour involving religion, sexuality, violence, gross bodily functions, nudity, intimate relations, race relations and blood relations which some participants may find tasteless, cheap, coarse, offensive, rude, lewd, crude, vulgar and immodest. There will be little or no socially redeeming value in these proceedings. There could also be unintentional disclosure of embarrassing dietary practices. Discretion is strongly recommended.


Neil McKinnon has been a businessman, archaeologist, university lecturer, and freelance writer. He has worked in China, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. and holds a BSc in Math and BA and MA in archaeology.

His articles and stories have appeared in Canadian, Japanese, Mexican and U.S. publications. His first book, Tuckahoe Slidebottle (Thistledown Press), was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Humour Award and the Alberta Award for Short Fiction. His second book, Feasting on Passion Mountain, will be published in Spring, 2015. He and his wife Judy have been married for 49 years.

To register, email David Blinkhorn, FED Executive Director at and pay via Paypal at the end of this blurb. Anyone who wants to pay in person can contact your host for this event, Joanna Streetly


Neil will read at Darwin’s Cafe at 7 pm, Sept. 18, following the workshop.

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