Writing Comedy for the Small Screen

09/18/2019 - 11/06/2019




  • $299.00  -  General
  • $249.00  -  New Student


Literacenter 2nd Floor
651 W Lake St
Chicago, IL
United States of America
Room Number: Roombinhood


Sessions: 7 Wednesdays
Session Dates: Sep 18, Sep 25, Oct 02, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 06
Session Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Writing Comedy for the Small Screen

Sep 18 - Nov 06
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Instructor: Mary Ruth Clarke

Television comedy is not just sit coms anymore, in this third Golden Age of Television. This class is for anyone who has an idea that could make a great comedy series or limited series and who wants to learn the crucial basics of how to write it.

We will study successful pilots. We will tease out/explore the inherent possibilities in your idea, where it fits in the vast TV landscape, what makes for a great comedic character, visual storytelling, proper story structure and proper formatting. And you will write and rewrite.

You will leave the workshop with:

  • The makings of a pitch document
  • A grasp of the show template, structure, core cast, and the ongoing character revelations as opposed to character developmen
  • A grasp of the process of creation that optioned shows go through
  • A better grasp of the language that writers/producers/agents speak
  • A rough draft of a television pilot
Sessions/Weekday 8 Thursdays
Session Dates

Sep 18, Sep 25
Oct 02, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30
Nov 06

Time 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Notes No class on Oct 09.