My online Sitcom/ Comedy Drama courses

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I now run two great online narrative comedy writing classes for sitcom and comedy drama. These courses have been done by writers all over the UK, Europe and internationally - and have been attended by TV comedy producers.

Sitcom & Comedy Drama Essential Tools

Learn all the tools and techniques that you need to write wonderful scripts. This is more of an exploratory course where you get to try out characters, scenes and situations, work with comedy techniques and find what it is you want to write and how you want to write it. By the end of the course you'll have found your show and you'll be ready to write it - plus you will now be equipped with a tool kit of comedy techniques.

Next: 5 x Tuesday nights from Tuesday 18 April 2023, 7pm - 9pm (UK time)

Writing Your TV Comedy Script

Across 5 weeks, be taken through the process of writing an artfully structured and plotted comedy script. To get the most out of this course, you'll start with a well defined world of characters and a story you want to tell. Across the sessions you'll get your script written and you will learn structural and plotting skills that will serve you for all your future scripts.

Next sessions: 7pm-9pm UK time, from 1st February-8th March 2023 (5 x Tuesday sessions - no session 22nd Feb).

The video below is all about the Sitcom and Comedy Drama Essential Tools course - which is the ideal starting point (but you can jump in at the Writing Your TV Comedy Script course - and some people have done that one then fleshed out their knowledge with the Tools course).

Sitcom & Comedy Drama Essential Tools

This online course will equip you with the essential tools for writing sitcom and comedy drama. You might have:

- an idea in mind already that you want to develop and write,

- a draft of a script that you want to rewrite and enhance

- or even no specific idea at this point. (If this is the case, the course will definitely give you ideas!).

"I can't speak highly enough of how positive I've found the sessions with Chris. The sessions have changed how I view comedy and have given me real insight into how to better turn ideas and funny thoughts into character driven narrative comedy. It's also great to learn remotely and know I can ask questions through the Trello board and rewatch sessions. If you've ever wondered should I give it a go the answer is yes and do it!" SM

"Really liked the combination of very well chosen comedy clips, practical exercises and discussion. The sessions flew by, and having weekly homework kept me focused, gave me structure and kept me writing." JH

As well as providing you with a complete set of essential tools, on the course you will write a lot of funny scenes with your characters without worrying initially about where they’ll slot into a story. You'll simply be working with that week's tools. This freedom will allow you to make discoveries of scenes and situation that will be highly useful to your script and will take your characters places you’d never considered. If however you have a much clearer idea of where your script is going from the outset, you can use the tools in the places that are most relevant for your developing story.

"This course was so useful for guiding me through the process of developing a comedy script for television. Each week we were set different homeworks that got me into the rhythm of writing much more regularly. Chris has a great manner and clearly many years of invaluable experience in the industry. The fact that it was online made it much more accessible, as we were able to all be in different cities, countries even and share our ideas. I highly recommend this for anyone serious about developing a treatment and script for TV. " JM

Next: 5 x Tuesday nights from Tuesday 18 April 2023, 7pm - 9pm (UK time) MORE INFO AND BOOKING (via British Comedy Guide)


Writing Your TV Comedy Script

This is the ideal follow on course - and you can also start here if you have writing experience and your characters and world ready to go. This course takes you through the process of completing your pilot script - in five weeks!