Writing Funny (with Robin Duke & Anne Fenn)

Jan 18 & 25, 7 – 9pm >>

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Have you ever had an amusing idea but didn’t know where to start? Or maybe you wrote something and wanted to make funnier? In this workshop, Robin Duke and Anne Fenn will mine their unique, diverse writing (and performing) experience to help you write funnier. We’ll explore some key tools of the comedy trade, comic perspective, finding your voice, improvisation, creating comic characters, and other ways to punch up your stories through the creative process.


Robin Duke is best known for her work in television on SCTV receiving an Earle Grey Award and a Star on Canada’s Walk Of Fame. She wrote and performed on Saturday Night Live receiving an Emmy nomination for writing. In 2013, Robin won the David Broadfoot “Comic Genius” Award at the Canadian Comedy Award Festival. As a full time faculty member at Humber College for 14 years, she has taught sketch writing and performing and improvisation for writers. She continues to produce, write and perform with the successful, all female, sketch comedy troupe, Women Fully Clothed. She is currently working on her memoir, My Funny Life And Improvising Through it, and is a graduate of the King College’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. You may recognize her as Wendy from the blouse barn on CBC’s Schitt’s Creek and Doris the waitress in Groundhog Day. She takes herself very seriously.

Anne Fenn has over 20 years’ experience writing comedy / humour for film, TV, radio, stage, and print. She has extensive experience as a TV development executive and as a teacher at Toronto’s Humber College. Anne is co-writing a mainstage musical and occasionally performs standup comedy when there’s not a pandemic. She received her Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Nonfiction) from King’s College in 2018, alongside her friend and colleague, Robin Duke.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Dates of 2-week workshop: Mondays, Jan. 18 + Jan. 25 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Price: $124 (incl. 1-year WFNS membership for 2021)

Member Price: $59

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