Creating Humorous Characters, With Instructor Bob Balmer


Creating Humorous Characters, With Instructor Bob Balmer

Learn how to create and develop humorous characters.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 11/18/2023 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sat, 11/18/2023


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Off-Site, Class, No Prerequisite

Fire Station #21

Fiction, Nonfiction


Shakespeare created Falstaff. Lily Tomlin created multiple characters. David Sedaris is his own humorous character. So is Nora Ephron. Lena Dunham. Dave Barry. Such characters delight, entertain, inspire, and inform readers.

This class considers a few questions when it comes to creating humorous characters, such as: "Does my character react to life humorously or use humor to navigate life?" "Does the humor provide relief, amusement, or share a truth?" "What actions, speech, likes, dislikes, and mannerisms make a character funny?"


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Some reading will be suggested (not required) before class

  • Please note that this course will be held offsite, at Fire Station 21 -- 8895 Madison Ave, NE, Bainbridge Island WA 98110

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome. 

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Bob Balmer

Bob Balmer’s humorous pieces, stories, and essays have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Weekly, Golf Illustrated, ZYZZYVA, the Oregonian, and other print media. His work has aired on MarketPlace, the Savvy Traveler, and Oregon Public Radio Broadcasting and Television.

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