- Next: 3 Nov 2021 (5 x Wednesday nights)
"This course gave me all the support I needed to develop my characters and scenes from the part one course
into a first draft pilot. Approaching the three-act structure gradually over a few weeks was really helpful - it helped me to iron out any problems with Act I before thinking about Act II and so-on. The group feedback was very constructive and it really helped to get a general consensus of what went well and where I could improve. By the end of the course I had a completed script and plenty of notes to guide my next draft. My group found the course so useful that we talked Chris into setting up a part three!" CR
"I came to Chris's course knowing how to write but never having written comedy. I've been stretched, challenged and had crushing moments of self-doubt but his sitcom writing courses have been the highlight of my year. The courses are well-structured, clear and packed full of useful tips and Chris provides insightful feedback on weekly homework assignments which helped me progress. Looking forward to more!" KP
On this course, you'll produce a 30 minute television script (and radio can be accommodated if that's what you're working on). You will be taken through a structured approach to producing your script and will be given deadlines to complete each phase of the work. And across the course we'll analyse the opening episodes of a range of different shows in a range of styles to uncover all the writing insights you'll need to:
- complete the pilot script you began during the first course.
- or write a brand new episode of that same show.
- or write a script for a brand new show.
Whatever you decide to do, the course provides a supportive group and deadlines with feedback and coaching from Chris to get the job done over 5 weeks. Here's how you'll get there:
Status quo vs disruption
Introducing characters and world
Looking at how the status-quo is disrupted in:
Ghosts, Black Books, Schitt's Creek
Also looking at exposition in the opening of Alam's Not Normal
Homework: Write opening that disrupts the status-quo
Building the action up to the crunch point of end act 1.
Stath Lets Flats, Black Books and Miranda
Homework: finish act 1
Act 2 part 1
We'll look at the notion of problems and failed solutions as the driver of the story across act 2.
We'll explore the act 2s of the pilots of Black Books, Schitt's Creek, Staf Lets Flats, Ghosts and also an early episode of Friday Night Dinner.
- the homework will be to start act 2.
Act 2 part 2
We'll look more closely at shows with a romantic plot line with Chewing Gum, Hello Ladies, Fleabag 2, ep 1 and returning to Miranda.
- the homework will be to complete a draft of act 2.
Homework - end act 2
This week we'll look at different approaches to ending an episode.
- looking at how all the main shows we have explored complete their episode ones.
Homework: write act 3
Homework: Complete your script! This week we’ll also revisit your treatments and talk more about competitions and pitching.
Dates and booking
3rd November - 1st December 2021Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 7pm - 9pm (5 x Wednesday nights)
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