Updated: Sep 26
"The course was fantastic. It felt like a series of friendly, enjoyable conversations, yet I came away with my own writing sharpened up, great advice on where I could improve, and practical guidance on treatments, pitching, story structure, and how commissioning works. I'm a better, more prepared writer than I was going in. So I'd highly recommend this course." A.B.
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.
And so Lucy and Chris are now offering a bespoke writers' retreat on Zoom for groups of 4 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.
"I’ve attended many comedy writing courses and sessions over the past few years and this is hands down the best money I’ve ever spent on my writing because I learned so much. The sessions were an excellent blend of writing tutoring from Chris and industry insights from Lucy. She covered what producers are looking for, what needs to be in a treatment and discussed our ideas. Attending this session certainly opened doors for me and my writing career." Katy
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. Up to 12 pages each from two different scripts.
- Short pitches for two different TV comedy shows. For the course, this needs to be one side of A4 for each pitch.
- These pitches can be for the shows you have submitted scripts for (so two show ideas represented by pitch and script).
- OR one of the pitches could be a different idea from the scripts - so that would be 3 shows overall (1 show represented by pitch and script, 1 just with script, 1 just with pitch).
- Either way you can write a short introductory framing to the script excerpt.
"The three sessions were just right and the personal session with Chris and the group sessions with Lucy were great. The industry insights from Lucy were important and I thought the size of the group (four) was spot on. Overall it’s been a really helpful course and it has helped me rethink my projects." Anton
Here's how the three sessions unfold:
PART 1 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)
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.