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Sitcom Writer’s Summer Retreat with Lucy Lumsden & Chris Head

Updated: Jul 7


When Lucy Lumsden (bio) left her role commissioning TV comedy for BBC and then Sky, she had an itch she wanted to scratch. She wanted to get under the sitcom car bonnet and understand what writers were up against to help them navigate this sometimes intimidating TV industry. One of the greatest pleasures of the last few years of running her production company Yellow Door has been nurturing new writers from all walks of life, seeing them flourish and getting their scripts seen by the right people.


By meeting Chris on one of his comedy writing courses, Lucy quickly realised that they could join forces to help writers not just understand how to write sitcom but show them what to do with their script to help it get made. And dispel some myths along the way.


This summer Lucy and Chris are offering a bespoke writers retreat on Zoom for writers who already understand the nuts-and-bolts of putting a TV comedy script together and are ready to take their writing to the next level.


What you’ll get out of it:


- a greater understanding of how the TV industry works and how shows get commissioned.

- an understanding of the strengths and possible issues of the kinds of ideas you are developing.

- a deep dive into your work with Chris to explore how to develop your writing.

- a stronger understanding of how to get your work more widely seen and what to do next.


How it works:

Ahead of the course you will submit to Lucy and Chris:

- A brief bio, your experience and what you would like to get out of the course

- Writing examples. Either 3 x excerpts of up to 10 pages each from three different scripts. Or 15 pages from two different scripts.

- Short pitches for three different TV comedy shows. One side of A4 for each pitch. (These can be for the shows you have submitted scripts for, but they could be different ideas).


PART 1 - 7pm-9pm UK time

With Lucy & Chris

You will enhance your industry knowledge and learn how things actually get commissioned.

In this context, Lucy will also offer comments on your three pitches, highlighting your strengths and also any issues with them from the commissioner’s perspective.


PART 2: 45 mins one-to-one with Chris on your submitted writing (TIME TO BE AGREED WITH YOU - DAYTIME & EVENING SLOTS AVAILABLE)

Chris will look closely at your writing and give feedback and pointers on developing it.

Following this, you will then get specific written notes to develop your work.

You will then submit 10 pages of script from one selected project to Lucy and Chris ahead of the third session.


PART 3 - 7pm-9pm UK time

With Lucy & Chris

Lucy will give you feedback on your writing from the producer/commissioner perspective and suggestions for how to take your work forward.

And they will discuss ways to get your work seen as a writer or writer/performer and pitching techniques.

You'll get insider tips for making contact with producers and other industry people, and they will also explore live shows, tasters, short films, script competitions, readings.

So this is going beyond simply tips on pitching to producers and looking at the bigger picture of getting seen and known.


£295

4 WRITERS ONLY PER GROUP


DATES

There are two groups of 4 running this summer.

Both are fully booked but new dates will be announced soon!


GROUP 1 **FULLY BOOKED!**

PART 1: Tues 19th July 7pm-9pm UK time


PART 2: Fri 22nd July – 45 mins one-to-one slots (time to be agreed. Day and evening slots available).


PART 3: Tues 2nd August 7pm-9pm UK time


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL: End of 14th July.


Via Zoom

BOOK GROUP 1


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GROUP 2 **FULLY BOOKED!**

PART 1: Tues 26th July 7pm-9pm UK time


PART 2: Weds 27th July - 45 mins one-to-one slots (time to be agreed. Day and evening slots available).


PART 3: Weds 3rd August 7pm-9pm UK time


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL: End of 21st July.


Via Zoom


BOOK GROUP 2 (FULLY BOOKED)


Any queries. email chris@chrishead.com


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