An Evening with Sarah Vowell
Photo by Bennett Miller
On April 11, 2014, Sarah Vowell will deliver the 8th annual Twain Lecture on American Humor and Culture.
"Assault of Laughter" Writing Contest
This contest is now open for 2013-2014!
Mark Twain recognized the power of humor to combat even the most serious situations, but he also understood how to use this exceptional force as a means of mending such matters. According to Twain, laughter exists as the "one really effective weapon" available to the human race, yet it is, at the same time, "the great thing, the saving thing after all." In the spirit of Twain's sense of humor and his understanding of its power, The Twain Lecture Series and The Writing Center present the "Assault of Laughter" Writing Contest. Entrants will utilize the full power of humor to explore a range of issues affecting society and culture today.
To view contest guidelines, click here.
Read 2012's winning pieces:
Julie Durbin (SMCM Junior)
"The Defecation of the Reputation of the Great Blue Heron"
Thor Petersen (SMCM Junior)
"The All-Student Email"
Benjamin Stoehr (SMCM Alum, '03)
Follow the links below for samples of Humor Writing:
"A Politically Correct Christmas? Who Cares!" by Firoozeh Dumas
Amazing, Previously Unpublished Mark Twain Quotes by Joe Veix
"Undecided" by David Sedaris
Excerpt from Half Empty by David Rakoff
"Time Lost and Found" by Anne Lamott
"Your Child Deserves a Halloween Costume by Calvin Klein" by Dave Barry
"Report: Increasing Number of Educators Found To Be Suffering From Teaching Disabilities" by The Onion
"The Uncompassionate Conservative" by Molly Ivins
"About the Man Uglier and Scarier than Ratzinger" by Dave Eggers
"Dear Mountain Room Parents" by Maria Semple
"Who Wrote Shakespeare" by Eric Idle
"Goodbye Cruel Words" by Gene Weingarten
"Gift-Challenged" by Jeff Hammond
"My Life at the Comfort Inn" by Jeff Hammond