Find Your Comedy Writing Style with TV writer and stand up Meryl O’Rourke.
6 weeks from Sept 9th (NO class Sept 30th). So — 9th Sept, 16th Sept, 23rd Sept, 7th Oct, 14th Oct, 21st Oct.
11am-2pm (We shall have a short break, and snacks are provided — no full lunch break though so big breakfast or late lunch please!!!!)
Using practical exercises, discussion and real life examples- Meryl will help you find YOUR funny and hand you the tools to be a productive joke writer.
How to unlock original angles, how to tighten up a quick hitting gag — but moreover- how to explore different ways of working that make YOU more inspired and energised — you may be surprised what helps- after all, TS Eliot used to paint his face green to work!
Time in class is spent writing, discussing, presenting, and trying new tricks to unlock creativity. No class time wasted watching clips, you get an email of clips once a week along with your homework!
£140 for the 6 week course (16+)
Drop ins £25 per class (for experienced writers only 16+)
in Camden Town, London
Meryl has written for high profile TV panel shows inc. 8/10 Cats, Mock The Week, New World Order, Big Brother's Bit On The Side;
She recently became one of the first winners of the prestigious Betty And Peter sitcom writing prize.
She's also wriiten for magazines inc. Time Out and Huffington Post; Radio- Radio 4 sitcom, shortform magazine series' and short blaps for her Sony nominated Breakfast Show; and her solo stand up has garnered 5 star reviews and Critic's Choice.
She has collaborated with acts as diverse as Frankie Boyle, Juliette Burton and holiday camp magicians.
“Many thanks to Meryl O’Rourke, who had a look through a couple of early passages, and just generally for being inspiringly funny.” Frankie Boyle, in ‘Work!Consume!Die!’
Please bring plenty of paper and a pen – also anything else that helps YOU write…tablet, ideas book, lucky mascot…
Course will feature groupwork,one to one tutorials and homework.
“A candid, compassionate writer who blends honest human insight with surreal imagery and smart one-liners, and she’s a fresh and exciting voice in British comedy” Jonathan Wakeham, founder LOCO Comedy festival & Betty And Peter interview panel.
‘Meryl has a brilliant comic mind, and taught me how to approach joke writing from a fresh angle’ Suzy Bennett
“Meryl’s perception and ability to help us push the boundaries of our writing will forever be a useful tool. Our success in Edinburgh 2014 would not have happened without her.” Rayguns Look Real Enough
«Being in a bit of a rut with my comedy and teetering between being an act and an MC, I was delighted to do Meryl's course, a brilliant joke writer herself, who is really passionate, she instills the importance of working at your act, give great feedback and did a lot of work herself. This course is brilliant value and I can highly recommend it to anyone, either beginner or a pro.» Aideen McQueen
«There are various comedy courses out there, but this one really is different. There are many reasons I would recommend Meryl O'Rourke as a comedy tutor. The main one being that she not only writes great jokes and therefore understands the mechanics of comedy, but you will get very honest and constructive feedback. » Matt Price
«As an experienced, commissioned writer, I found Meryl's class invaluable. Meryl's cheeky choices push you out of your comfort zone and force you to think in ways you never have before» Tom Glover, Winner BBC Writersroom Trans Comedy Award.
«Opened my eyes to the energy and effort that you need to put into writing to create new material with so many techniques that the mind boggles. I defy you to attend this course and not come away with a whole new perspective on your comedy. If you are serious about improving your writing then sign yourself up and spend time with an amazing talent who graciously will share that talent with you» Johnny Murphy
(She also teaches people how to write amazing reviews :) ).
(Nb you are WELCOME to drop in, but I must point out this course focuses on finding the right writing tools for YOU. This takes a certain amount of trial and error,so attending just one may not help you as much! The course has been developed as building week to week )
PLEASE NOTE THE ONE WEEK BREAK ON SEPT 30TH
Writing Writing About Writing Camden Head Workshop: Beginner's Guide to Sitcom Writing
Meryl is also teaching a sitcom basics course in the same venue :::: facebook.com/events/1925604737727166/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A166671600062078%2C%22action_history%22%3A