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Funny Not Funny: Writing Humour

with Gwee Li Sui



If you’re not funny, this workshop is not for you. Gwee Li Sui –– author of books such as Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, The Other Merlion and Friends, and Spiaking Singlish –– cannot help you in that department. But, if you enjoy a good laugh and want to spread the joy around by writing, then this merrymaking workshop welcomes you! Gwee will explain some basics to humour writing and then guide you on how to structure or tailor your gags. Participants are expected to write during the session, so be warned, idle kings or queens!

This workshop will be 2 hours long and conducted on Zoom.


Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic artist, and a literary critic. He wrote Singapore’s first long-form graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone, in 1993. His works of verse include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems? (2015), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), Haikuku (2017), and Death Wish (2017). Gwee has also edited acclaimed literary anthologies, taught at several universities, and lectured on a range of subjects. He has written FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014), Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate (2017), and The Leeter Tunku (2019), a Singlish translation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

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