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Thu 30th Apr 2020

Chris Head Comedy presents:

Create, Write & Pitch TV & Radio Sitcom (Online Course)


In view of everything shifting online right now, this course is soon to be relaunched in a brilliant new format with a significant industry collaborator.

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30th April -20th June 2020
10am-11am 2nd, 16th, 30th May and 13th June
(Seminars will be recorded and shared after the event)

Learn about creating a sitcom, from creating characters to building the situation, to writing scenes and constructing plots for TV and radio. Learn too about writing treatments, pitching sitcoms, making tasters & shorts, and other ways to progress. On the course you will work on a sitcom of your own, which can either be an idea you have been working on already or something new you create on the course. We'll look at creating characters, developing relationships, dialogue, plotting and more. 

On each of the eight Thursdays during the course, briefing notes, tutorials and writing tasks will be released along with online videos to watch. You will also be invited to share your favourite scenes and shows for discussion and analysis. As the course progresses, you will share your developing scripts and sitcom treatments via Dropbox and you will receive personal feedback and guidance on developing your work during the week. On four Saturdays during the course, online via Zoom, there will be hour long online sessions where your questions are answered, further tips and advice is shared and feedback is give. You can attend these sessions live, or catch up with the full recording of the session after the event.

On the course you will learn how to:

- create characters and relationships.

– write scenes that are well structured, funny in themselves and drive the narrative forward.

– define character relationships and point-of-view in scenes.

– plot and structure a sitcom episode, including using the ‘set-pieces’ approach where you identify some big, funny scenes and then construct a narrative around them.

- write an effective treatment and construct a pitch.

You’re very welcome to book as an individual but if you are writing with someone already then if you can sign up as a duo to work together on your writing. (There is a discount for two people booking as a writing team).

Chris Head is a comedy director, teacher and author who teaches stand-up, sketch and sitcom at Bristol Improv Theatre, Bath Spa University (where he helped write and teaches on the BA Comedy Degree) and independently in London. He is the author of “A Director’s Guide to the Art of Stand-up” and coming in 2020 is his new book “Comedy from Stage to Screen: A Complete Guide to Stand-up, Improv, Sketch & Sitcom”. As a director his shows have been seen at Soho Theatre and Bloomsbury Theatre London; Pleasance, Underbelly and Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe; and at international festivals including L.A. Comedy Shorts & Melbourne Comedy Festival. As a script-editor recent work includes a broadcast BBC Radio 4 sitcom, a commissioned Channel 4 sitcom script, the comedy drama You Only Live Forever at Assembly Edinburgh and Soho Theatre, and the internationally successful comedy short ‘Swiped’ (2019).


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