Workshop: Beginner's Guide to Sitcom Writing @ Camden Comedy Club, London [from 9 September to 21 October]

Workshop: Beginner's Guide to Sitcom Writing

- 21
14:30 - 17:30

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Camden Comedy Club
100 Camden High Street, NW1 0LU London, United Kingdom
Meryl O'Rourke presents a very succesful comedy writing course for us here at Camden CC — now…

Last year Meryl was a winner of the inaugural Betty And Peter Sitcom writing award.

She had a 10 month intensive, learning the process of sitcom writing from top producers at the coalface of modern comedy, including head honchos from Big Talk and the BBC.

In this course she will pass on everythng she didn't know before sitting in the offices of such comedy luminaries as Saurabh Kakkar, Kate Daughton and Steve Kaplan.
What's a beat sheet? Logline? Character arc? Sub? Treatment? Which of the oft taught «rules» of sitcom are actually used by producers? And how to fit your creativity into the accepted frameworks.

6 weeks from Sept 9th (NO class Sept 30th). So — 9th Sept, 16th Sept, 23rd Sept, 7th Oct, 14th Oct, 21st Oct.


Meryl will use exercises, discussions, lectures, real life examples, group work, class work, homework (once a week) and one on one tutorials. There's no wi fi in the classroom — so you will be required to watch an emailed selection of clips before the class each week

£120 for the 6 week course (16+)
Drop ins £30 per class (for experienced writers only 16+)
in Camden Town, London
(Nb you are WELCOME to drop in, but I must point out this course focuses on one aspect of completeing a narrative series each week- if you drop in you might not get the development you require. The course has been developed as building week to week )

“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 and Betty & Peter interview panel.

Meryl has written for high profile TV shows inc. 8/10 Cats, New World Order; She's also wriiten for magazines inc. Time Out and Huffington Post; Radio- Radio 4 sitcom and short blaps for her Sony nominated Breakfast Show.
She has collaborated with acts as diverse as Frankie Boyle, Juliette Burton and holiday camp magicians.

Bring plenty of paper, a pen and lots of ideas.

«As an experienced, commissioned sitcom 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.

“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!’

“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

“Best, and most original, pages I’ve read in years. I’m a massive fan” Dhiraj Mahey, founder of Betty & Peter Award.


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