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February 11th, 2023 1:00 PM — February 11th, 2023 4:00 PM



February 11th, 2023 1:00 PM — February 11th, 2023 4:00 PM


Want to make your writing funnier? Join Rose Hartley, author of MAGGIE’S GOING NOWHERE, to learn tips on how to make your readers laugh – and maybe tug at their heartstrings too.

The best fiction makes us laugh as well as cry. Just look at Pulitzer Prize winning LESS by Andrew Sean Greer, Booker Prize shortlisted WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Joy Fowler, or the wickedly funny MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

In this three-hour workshop, author of MAGGIE’S GOING NOWHERE Rose Hartley will help participants identify the key elements of comedy and where and how to add humour to their work. We analyse what makes a scene funny, what makes a difficult character lovable, and how humour can increase the emotional impact of your writing.


Participants will learn about:

  • Different types of humour and how to apply them to your work
  • How to hit the right tone to suit your genre
  • How to construct funny and lovable characters


This workshop is suitable for writers of all backgrounds who write comedy, dramedy or just want to add a touch of humour to lighten up their work.


About Rose Hartley

Rose Hartley’s debut novel MAGGIE’S GOING NOWHERE (Penguin Random House) was a surprise hit in 2020, heading to multiple print runs and garnering positive reviews in national newspapers and comparisons to Fleabag. Rose is also an award-winning poet and short story writer. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in San Diego. She is represented by InkWell Management literary agency in New York.


Venue: Bronwyn Halliday Room, State Library, North Terrace, Adelaide SA

Members $88 / Non-members $140


—Not yet a Writers SA member? Join here for as little as $60!

—We strongly recommend all staff, speakers, and attendees of in-person events be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You cannot attend if you or a household contact has tested positive within 7 days of the event or if you are ill.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!


Registration Details

Registration for this event ended on February 10th, 2023 11:00 AM

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