May 16, 2018
$175 | 4 Weeks
In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues….” ~ George Orwell
All over the world, political conservatives and liberals spar with each other, often so unable to listen to each other that they descend into war, figuratively and literally. Politics have gotten overheated to the point even close friends and family members have stopped speaking to each other.
This program invites brave writers of all political persuasions to bring your beliefs to the journalistic table in an attempt to find common political ground.
To start, we’ll look at political columns that span the great divide. Do they help or hinder? Then we will look at our own beliefs, where they came from, why they matter to us and why we stand behind them.
Each week you will write a political column or op-ed that expresses your own views while attempting to understand the other. You also have the option to spend the entire four weeks working towards publication of a specific piece. Possible places to submit your work include local and international newspapers, or aim for the top and submit to The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, or WBUR’s Cognoscenti.
You’ll receive extensive comments on each week’s writing submission. In addition, you’ll have opportunities to comment on your fellow writer’s prose. There’s something magical about commenting on another’s work: it enriches your own.
The mood will be open, honest, eye-opening and understanding. Political correctness not required nor enforced but respect for others in class is required. You need to feel comfortable enough to bring your true self to the discussion. That is the first step on the journey toward listening without judgement.
Open to writers of all levels who want to understand and unite.
Julie was fantastic. Her assignments broke down the skills perfectly, and her lessons and resources were outstanding. Lots of different examples, genres, and mediums. She gave you both structure and freedom, and I loved how she pushed us to go deeper in our writing. Her feedback was specific, but inspiring. She absolutely radiated a passion for writing and it rubbed off on all of us. I’m excited to take another course from her. And yes, will take many more. I am thriving, thanks to your site. I can’t thank you enough for access to all these amazing instructors! Kathy Keats
I loved the fact that Julie provided so much content (the lesson itself, links to related websites, links to related video clips and assignment prompts). I loved this class because it was not only educational, but it made me feel happy. I laughed a lot. All writers should take this class!... Julie was responsive, provided constructive feedback with links specifically to your field of interest. Her assignments helped to mold my writing voice and personality.... It went by so quickly. I had so much fun. Kei Moriyama
The Humor Is The New Black writing class I took with Giulietta Nardone was one of the best things I did this year. I had a great time during the class and took a lot away from it. I was not only exposed to the funny aspect of writing, but also a number of publication outlets. Giulietta was extremely helpful throughout the entire class. I would recommend this to program to anyone interested in learning to write with humor. - Ben Lentoni
I truly enjoyed this course! Julie was extremely helpful and encouraging. The course motivated me to write regularly, something I have not been able to get myself to do in recent months, even though I have a desire within to do it. I benefitted greatly from the lecture material, resources, references, and overall thoughts and comments on my work and the work of others. I am coming away from this course with increased confidence and the motivation to continue writing, improving, and submitting. I also appreciated the emphasis on how and where to market our work. On top of all that, it was a ton of fun! I will most definitely enroll in other courses on writers.com. Kimberly Lee
Julie, thank you so very much for your critique and comments again, always so very helpful, wise and upbeat, no matter what you needed to tell us. You're the best. What a fun teacher you are. You have a great personality and I love your positive attitude and thinking about all things. Absolutely loved, enjoyed, and grew from your teaching, guidance and class. Cannot thank you enough, truly. You gifted us all. So grateful. A total, addictive blast. My heartfelt, warmest regards. - Joyce Holmgren
Giulietta is an inspirational, knowledgeable and fun instructor. Having taken a previous course with her, I was very excited to register for Humor is the New Black. She did not disappoint! I cannot say enough positive things about Giulietta. It has been just over a week since the class ended, and already I am having withdrawal.– Terri Morse Sorensen
I was happy with the class. Julie is fun, easygoing, and very helpful. She not only gave clear and relatable instruction on how to work humor to our writing, but also helped us figure out where to send our writing for publication (with success on my part!). Would definitely recommend the class - S. Taylor
I loved everything about this course including the length. I plan to take it again in the future. Keep us writing!!! - Dorothy Johnson
I loved this class! The lessons were fresh, current and relevant and gave me exactly what I needed to develop. Julie is an amazing teacher. She is supportive and encouraging. Her feedback was very helpful and thoughtful and helped me to see how to improve my stories. I plan to take this course again. - Kathy Blewett
[Julie]was encouraging and helpful. She gave prompt, effective feedback and encouraged future work. I've taken classes over the years in basics of fiction; short stories; basics of creative non-fiction; memoir; essay; blogging; and, poetry. I am happy to have taken them, but my interests are politics, religion, analysis and commentary. Thus, this was my favorite class. I don't know what an appropriate follow-up class, but would surely take it if the opportunity arises. Mel Hazelwood
I really got a LOT out of this class. I appreciated all of the resources offered; the variety was extremely helpful (she seemed to tailor information to the group, not just present a canned workshop--it was nice to get so much out of a 4-week run). There was so much information offered that it will take (me) a chunk of time to absorb it all. ... So great. (Julie's) feedback was very helpful. I hope Julie knows how much she's appreciated... and how much her organization, lessons, assignments and feedback were all appreciated. ... Sorry the response is so long. I just really felt good about the experience. - Sandra Wilson
The readings, lectures and other material were well thought out and very useful. Julie was great with feedback and detail and enthusiasm - Joan Huntsberry
I'm really glad I took the class. I found the content useful & the assignments helped me focus in the way I needed to. I liked that Julie left the option to write whatever was burning to come out & that she customized as needed. I feel more encouraged than I ever have about my writing, and most importantly I feel like I have a clearer idea of a new focus, one that was unexpected. I would definitely recommend your classes... Linda Conrad
Julie's feedback was always very thoughtful, constructive, and encouraging. I felt her comments helped me to make certain pieces much stronger. Julie did a good job of varying the writing assignments, of building the challenge, and offered very clear and enjoyable mini lectures, as well as supplemental readings that supported and expanded on the ideas for each week. I would recommend Julie's class, and would happily take another with her. - Miriam Glassman
Julie is very supportive and gives astute, constructive criticism where necessary. And suggestions for pursuing ideas not immediately seen by us. - Mona Banuelos
I was very happy with the class content, the lessons and assignments. Very happy with the teacher. She is responsive, tailors content to the participants, and offers meaningful examples and insights.Definitely would - and have - recommended Writers.com classes to others. - Sandra Wilson
It was a blast learning and writing humor. Julie is great. Answers any questions... Goes through line by line on everyone's work ( so we can learn from everyone). She is straight and kind....funny too. - Lon Holmgren
Giulietta is an awesome instructor! I took her Humor is the New Black class this spring and loved every minute of it. She gives great examples, creates excitement for writing, researches avenues for publishing, and surrounds you with endless encouragement and suggestions. I can’t wait to take another one of her classes. – Paula Sherwin
Julie shared her time and knowledge generously. She has great insight, tact, and kindness. I appreciated her dedication to make this class a good experience for everyone. She created an environment where people felt safe. I also liked her writing prompts. I appreciated her permissiveness, encouraging all of us to write from the most authentic place, even if it felt vulnerable. - Bonnie Rose
Julie was terrific. She participated in any discussion that happened on the boards, and put a lot of thought and time into her feedback. Very useful, and always very encouraging. - Tina Siegel
I very much enjoyed the class and appreciated the feedback. The class helped me with two really important points: I now have a bit more courage to put myself out there, and it whet my appetite for writing more. These are the most treasured take aways. Julie was great and I think the group also played a big role, because everyone was very supportive and paid attention to other people's work. - Ruxandra Emilia Ionescu
Giulietta’s humor writing class helped me re-think funny and work with my own sense and style of humor. She introduced the class to a wide variety of humorous articles and this, too, helped provide me with a context for my own style. I loved the warm-up exercises, especially nail polish stories, but most of all, I appreciated Giulietta’s encouragement and generous spot-on feedback. The class is helpful for those who want to write humor and those who want to lighten-up heavier pieces. I’ve done both since taking the class. – Denise Kay Jacobs
Julie consistently provided detailed, constructive feedback and prepared excellent lectures and supporting materials. It was an excellent class... it has greatly influenced my writing style. - Shawn Montgomery
I really enjoyed the class. The teacher was very attentive and her feedback on point and helpful. The content was interesting and contributed to my understanding of humor. I was a little leery, at the beginning of the class being short (only 4 weeks) but we accomplished a lot.- Ariela L Zucker
Julie was very responsive and provided useful feedback. I especially liked the way she integrated her feedback directly into the story itself. I have found the classes to be worth the money and have enjoyed interacting with the teacher and the other students. Thank you! - Roxanne Owens
The lessons were great and the resources vast. I got what I needed from the class. - ChaChanna Simpson
Julie was great - proactive, responsive, encouraging. She promptly got back to me when I had questions and was gently encouraging. The lessons were entertaining and informative. The assignments were laid out well - sparking curiosity and creativity rather than being too prescriptive - Anna Keeling
Julie was awesome. This was the first class where I left feeling very encouraged to move forward (if I can figure out how) …. Her comments were 1) detailed, 2) encouraging 3) honest … couldn’t ask for better. - June Converse
It was a wonderful course. Very well planned with lots of resources. Julie was very insightful. She took time to provide positive, yet meaningful feedback. She also responded quickly. She's excellent! I would definitely take another one of her courses. - Linda Ricci
Julie was a wonderful resource. I found her critiques to be honest and thoughtful...she pushed us to revise and rethink when she thought necessary and held us to a professional standard, but she worded her criticisms in a constructive and encouraging way. [She] was true to her beliefs as a writer...she made me think harder about what I really wanted to say. - Janis Brams
Julie responded quickly to our submissions and gave lots of leeway in the assignments. Students could create new material or continue to develop or revise pieces they were working on. I appreciated the flexibility. I would definitely recommend the classes. I’ve taken about half a dozen classes from writers.com and will continue to take more. Libby Jacobs
Julie is an intuitive muse of a writing teacher. She encouraged my true voice to emerge. I'm still on a roll from the class and am working on revising pieces incorporating her practical - even magical - insights. Julie has helped me become a much better writer. Why it took me so long to finally prune my adverbs I don't know. I have a better sense of how to create scene and story, where to linger and what to leave out - a feeling of a bit more mastery over how I structure pieces. Thanks for a great resource. Melinda Pavlata
Julie did a very comprehensive job on the lessons and materials provided. I appreciated her efforts to find different aspects and types of humor for all tastes. [She] was helpful and kind. She provided great feedback and insights on my writing and that of other students. Annie Bergen
I wasn't sure I would have time for a class going in, but I enjoyed it so much that I found plenty of time to write and participate in feedback, etc... It was a great experience. Laura Young
The lectures were well organized and very clear and easy to follow. The assignments gave enough choice to always be able to come up with an idea to write about each week and the option to write about whatever we wanted was most welcome... Julie was fantastic and very supportive. her feedback was always timely and very helpful. I was concerned that i might be out of my depth in a class, having not written in about 5 years, but my concerns were allayed by Julie's guidance, suggestions, and recommendations for appropriate publication venues. At the end of this course, I feel Julie has really helped me recover my confidence in writing and has inspired me to continue writing as much as possible. If fact, taking Julie's class has made me realize that my true passion is writing and to get serious about pursuing it. Thanks to taking this class, and specifically with Julie, i just applied to a year-long creative writing program. Kelly-Anne Maddox