THE COMEDY WRITING WEEKEND
This weekend workshop with tutor Paul Bassett Davies is a master-class that covers everything from writing basic gags and one-liners to sitcom, comedy-drama series, feature films, and writing comedy for digital platforms. It's a unique opportunity to learn and practice the craft of writing comedy.
Whether you’re just starting out, or you're a writer who wants to develop your comedy skills, the series of practical exercises in this workshop give you a tool-kit to make your material funnier in any format or medium you're writing for, be it film, TV, radio, theatre, stand-up, YouTube or Twitter.
In the course we cover:
Joke formats and how they work.
What makes a successful short sketch, including topical sketches.
Writing comedy for social media, YouTube, and other digital platforms.
What makes a character funny.
Why failure is successful in comedy, and the role of status.
The secrets of developing timeless, classic comedy characters.
Secondary and 'B' characters.
The craft of sitcom and the secrets of success in this distinctive genre.
Developing your own sitcom ideas.
Character, plot and structure for ALL longer form comedy, whether sitcom, dramedy or feature film.
How to write a killer opening scene, that grabs your audience, and how to keep them hooked.
Being clear about genre, goals and your audience.
You'll leave the course with a workshopped outline for your own project, an opening scene, if relevant, and a map to develop your ideas.
27 Newman Street,
London W1T 1AR
£180 (concessions £160)
PAY BY INSTALMENTS
If you are unable to afford the full price right away, pay a deposit of £60* and the balance five days before the course.
*We regret the deposit is non-refundable.
We offer the concessionary rate to all Concessions as well as to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and bring evidence of membership to the course.
Email or phone 07958 244 656
PAUL BASSETT DAVIES
is a highly experienced writer, director and actor. He founded the Crystal Theatre, whose pioneering multimedia work was acclaimed in Britain and Europe. He created a series of one-man shows, two of which were Perrier Award finalists at the Edinburgh Festival, and others that were innovative theatrical experiences.
Radio and television credits include: Smith and Jones, Rory Bremner, Spitting Image, Jasper Carrot and many more. He's had his own sitcom on BBC R4, a series with Jeremy Hardy, and he produced Sony Award winning BBC radio series Do Go On, which he wrote with Griff Rhys Jones and Graeme Garden. He wrote the screenplay for The Magic Roundabout feature film, and several short films.
Paul's latest novel, 'Dead Writers in Rehab' was published recently and is now available at bookshops and HERE.
His first book, 'Utter Folly' ("A very funny novel'" - Jack Dee) is available on Amazon HERE.