Bob Balmer featured at Manzanita Writers Series

Bob Balmer will teach a writing workshop on “Mining Your Life for Laughs” on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Bob Balmer

Students will explore humorous writings in class and then discuss what about them makes us laugh: from exaggeration to characterization, from one-liners to irony and many other techniques. Special attention will focus on how the authors used events from their lives for humorous material.

Balmer has provided a web site: that includes several essays to read ahead of the workshop date.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. Tuition is $50. Register at

Bob Balmer’s first humorous essay was published in the Oregonian in 1992. His work has appeared in The Smithsonian, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly, Golf Illustrated, and many other publications. It has aired on the radio shows The Savvy Traveler, MarketPlace as well as on Oregon Public Radio and Television. Balmer has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and attended the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop and the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop at Reed College.


The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at <> online or contact Vera Wildauer,