As Thanksgiving Break has come to an end and leftovers are dwindling, many people are reflecting on those awkward, politically charged dinner table conversations they had with family. For Elly Lonon, McSweeney's columnist and satire writer, these political topics don't have to be serious — they can be opportunities for humor.
Lonon will be hosting a workshop on Friday about satire writing at The PIT Chapel Hill to help people write with humor.
Lydia Martin, who went to college with Lonon, said students should come to the workshop to learn how to have a non-confrontational discussion about political topics. She said Lonon has an interesting way of discussing high-tension topics, such as the current political climate.
The PIT Chapel Hill will be hosting Elly Lonon, McSweeney’s columnist and author, for a three hour satire writing workshop Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.
“A lot of political conversations turn ugly when you have people with very opposing views, but Elly has a way of using humor and satire to get a point across that doesn’t turn into anger,” Martin said. “It doesn’t lead directly to anger and harsh words. So, having a political conversation with her — whether you agree with her viewpoint or not — doesn’t become confrontational.”
Lonon said the workshop will be writing intensive, interactive and intuitive. She said she hopes people will come to the event to learn about the vulnerability that comes with satire writing. The workshop will show students the basics of satire, while also showing that good satire writers have to be willing to put themselves out there.