Learn how to write a satire. Topics include the difference between irony and sarcasm, ways to know when an author is being ironic, as well as what is and isn’t appropriate subject matter for satire. Examples include works by Jonathan Swift and Saturday Night Live.


Satire is a creative work like an essay or movie that uses humor, irony and sarcasm to ridicule a person, thing, or idea by imitating it or by pretending to praise it. It makes fun of something the author thinks is stupid or immoral by imitating it or sarcastically pretending to agree with it. It’s a kind of code. It’s irony. You’re saying one thing, but meaning the opposite. Because you’re actually encouraged to be sarcastic, a satire could be the most fun thing you ever write in school.

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