sit-com scriptwriting

develop your own comedy ideas into a pilot script

course description

This is an intensive weekend crash-course for beginners and intermediate writers – two day x 6-hour practical workshop sessions. 

With accompanying visual examples, participants will explore comedy structures, character hierarchies, narrative and plot devices.

Participants will develop their own comedy ideas that will culminate in a written 5- minute ‘pilot’ or ‘teaser’ script. (with the potential to be expanded to a potential sit-com series). Following re-writes, the final draft scenes will be performed by Performance students to the rest of the group for feedback.

on completion, the course aims to provide:

  • A fun introduction to the world of comedy. 
  • An increased understanding of comedy form 
  • Self confidence in developing comedy writing skills 
  • Techniques to construct a comedic text for performance 

prior experience

The course is aimed at those passionate about comedy writing. Some scriptwriting experience would be an advantage, but not essential. A willingness to write and re-write until your wrist aches is essential.

equipment required

Essential: A laptop – or failing that, pen and paper.

this course will be of interest to comedians, writers and comedy-writers.

course dates

This course runs on Saturday 12th October- Sunday 13th October 10am  – 5pm.

course price

£400

course overview

session 1: morning
Introduction: the basics of TV Situation Comedy with examples 

Ideas
generation and discussion: Character hierarchy and Locale. Inner and outer threats. Jeopardy – What is at Stake? What do you want to say…and WHY? ? Confirm THE Idea: the characters, the scene to develop.
Participants’ Speed-writing session (1).
Working Lunch – Eat and Write (2)

session 1: afternoon
Participants reveal their
initial ideas to the group.  Peer support and feedback. Development of ideas. Comedy Dialogue and the Visual. How could this develop into a series? 

Homework: Re-write the scene (3)

session 2: morning
Participants reveal their
re-written scenes. Peer support and feedback. Development of Scenes.
Performance considerations. Pitching practice – clarity. Final
re-writes.(4)

session 2: afternoon
Pitch the Idea and Scene to
the Actors.  Comedy students perform the scene (script-in-hand).
Feedback and guidance – how to progress?

tutor

Dr Lloyd Peters

Dr Lloyd Peters is a Senior Lecturer at Salford University since 1993, Head of the Performance Division from 2003-07 and Leader of the MA Media Production programmes from 2013-18. He was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011 and an Honorary Senior Lectureship in October 2018 when he returned to full-time acting and writing commissions.

Lloyd has been a professional actor, writer and director for 40 years and has worked with many leading writers and directors including Mike  Leigh, Alan Bleasdale (twice), Ken Russell, Michael Wearing and Philip Saville.

Lloyd is a member of the Comedy Studies’ editorial board where his articles on Racism in Comedy (2010) and on Alternative Comedy (2013) were published. He has written many Radio 4 comedy-dramas included ‘A Higher Education’ that starred Rik Mayall.

Venue

New Adelphi University Rd
Salford M5 4BR
UK