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Writing Comedy for the Small Screen

  • 18 Sep 2019
  • 06 Nov 2019
  • 7 sessions
  • 18 Sep 2019, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 25 Sep 2019, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 02 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 16 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 23 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 30 Oct 2019, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 06 Nov 2019, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • Literacenter, 651 W Lake St
  • 10

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Writing Comedy for the Small Screen:

From Broadcast to Streaming to Web

Instructor: Mary Ruth Clarke

Television comedy is not just sit coms anymore, in this third Golden Age of Television. This class is for anyone who has an idea that could make a great comedy series or limited series and who wants to learn the crucial basics of how to write it.

We will study successful pilots. We will tease out/explore the inherent possibilities in your idea, where it fits in the vast TV landscape, what makes for a great comedic character, visual storytelling, proper story structure and proper formatting. And you will write and rewrite.

You will leave the workshop with:

  • The makings of a pitch document
  • A grasp of the show template, structure, core cast, and the ongoing character revelations as opposed to character development
  • A grasp of the process of creation that optioned shows go through
  • A better grasp of the language that writers/producers/agents speak
  • A rough draft of a television pilot
Sessions/Weekday 7 Wednesdays
Start/End Date Sep 18 - Nov 6  (7 sessions) 
Time Slot 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Notes

No class on Oct 09.



Sessions/Weekday 7 Wednesdays
Start/End Date Sep 18 - Nov 6  (7 sessions) 
Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
Notes

No class on Oct 09.

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