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All bookings are NON-REFUNDABLE. However, for a 5% change of registration fee you may alter your booking before the course start date – deferring to a later term or giving your spot to a friend.
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Our Sketch Writing curriculum is intended to give anyone the tools and theory to start writing sketch comedy for the stage and screen in the tradition pioneered by respected American comedy schools like The Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
There is no prior experience required to get started.
Each week students will have resources and lessons delivered to them, As well as a selection of student-written sketches for peer to peer feedback, and discuss possible ways to improve them via rewrites in a collaborative environment. Each week will feature a different homework assignment (e.g. topical current events sketches, character-based sketches, genre parody sketches, etc.) and a some information of best practices to ensure that everyone is well-equipped to tackle the assignment.
Students who do their homework each week will leave the course with at least six original sketches, at various levels of polish depending on how much effort they elect to spend doing the recommended rewrites.
Each week, you will receive a lecture on weekly topics complemented with videos, scripts, links to helpful sites and more. You’ll be assigned writing exercises to get your creativity flowing and weekly assignments that you’ll submit to the teacher and/or discussion boards. You'll also be asked to read and comment on fellow students’ work as well, following specific feedback parameters.
Tuesdays: New lesson delivered along with previous weeks feedback.
Sunday Night: Homework Due
Throughout the week: Peer to peer collaborative feedback opportunities
There are optional live elements to this workshop. Your instructor will liaise with the group to arrange times for zoom meetings. The lesson itself is not live.
As this is a pure writing class, there is no end-of-term performance associated with this workshop.
While we don’t anticipate having to change the instructor after registrations open, please be aware that this may happen from time to time.
Simon McCulloch started improvising with The Improv Conspiracy in 2013. Since then he has performed with a number of shows and teams at the theatre including his current Harold team Peter Helliar. He has trained with the iO Theater and the Second City in Chicago, and is one-fourth of sketch comedy group Trillcumber.