StreetWrites Workshop for Writing Out of the Margins

Do the Twist


     "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
     "I once shot an elephant in my pajamas. What he was doing in my pajamas, I don't know."


     A basic form of humor is to set your audience up for one thing and then give them something unexpected. Groucho Marx, author of the two jokes above, was a master at it.
     This is not the non-sequitur. A truly inspired non-sequitur has its own mad logic, and even insight, but the twist is much more straight-forward.

Try It Out

     Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

Guidelines for Critique:



Write On!
Anitra L. Freeman

StreetWrites Workshop Exercises