JUNE 22 TO AUGUST 3, 2021

Writing With Jeeves and Wooster

A Six-Week Writing Course

Join author and teacher Jonathan Rogers as we examine
P.G. Wodehouse’s comedy with a writer’s eye.

Register for adult cohort (College-age and up)
Register for student cohort (high-school and middle-school)

For this installment of  the “Writing with…” series, we will do some light summer reading. P.G. Wodehouse’s Right Ho, Jeeves is widely considered to be the best and most representative of his Jeeves and Wooster books. Our narrator is the lovably dunderheaded, overprivileged, never-employed Bertie Wooster. His good-hearted but bumbling attempts to solve his friends’ and relatives’ problems (not to mention his own) always make matters worse, until his exceedingly capable valet Jeeves wades in and puts everything to rights.

The situations are funny, the characters are funny, the plots are funny, the narrator’s voice is funny, the dialogue is funny, almost every sentence is funny. Wodehouse isn’t exactly Dostoyevsky, but he’s a genius at what he does, and he does things that all storytellers need to be able to do.

In Writing with Jeeves and Wooster, we will read Right Ho, Jeeves in order to understand exactly how Wodehouse creates such a unique voice, such a tight (if formulaic) plot, such lovable characters. Then, through weekly writing exercises and mutual feedback and discussion with your colleagues, you will apply Wodehouse’s principles and techniques to your own writing.

Writing with Jeeves and Wooster includes six 90-minute live lectures* via Zoom, as well as a dedicated online forum for discussion and writing exercises. 

Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Humor Writing
  • First-Person Narration
  • Dialogue
  • Understatement and Overstatement
  • Story structure
  • Characterization
  • Irony
  • Tone
  • Diction
  • Narrative Pacing

*Recordings of the lectures will also be available for learners who can’t attend the live lectures.

Tuesdays, June 22 to August 3, 2021.

Student Cohort: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central
Adult Cohort: 3:00 to 4:30p.m. Central

Cost: $69

Intended Audience:
Adults, High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers

There are two “cohorts” of Writing with Jeeves and Wooster–one for adults (college-age and up), and one for high-school and middle-school students.

The course content is the same for either cohort, but the two cohorts will attend separate lecture/discussions and participate in separate forums. Adults will be interacting with adults, and students will be interacting with students.

Please register for the appropriate cohort.

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Weekly Workload

P.G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves

Four (or so) chapters in Right Ho Jeeves (40 pages)

One 500-word writing exercise

One live 90-minute lecture/discussion via Zoom

Throughout the week, learners will discuss the reading, the lectures, and their writing exercises in a dedicated online forum.

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Reading Plan

RIGHT HO, JEEVES, Chapters 1-5
RIGHT HO, JEEVES, Chapters 6-9
July 6 – no class
RIGHT HO, JEEVES, Chapters 10-12
RIGHT HO, JEEVES, Chapters 13-16
RIGHT HO, JEEVES, Chapters 17-19
RIGHT HO, JEEVES, Chapters 20-23

About the Instructor

Jonathan Rogers is the author or the Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s Boy, The Terrible Speed of Mercy, and other books. 

He hosts The Habit Membership, an online library of teaching resources and gathering place for writers. He also hosts The Habit Podcast and teaches and encourages thousands of writers every Tuesday through The Habit Weekly newsletter. 

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