Writing for stage and screen - Online

Screenwriting & Playwriting - Online Courses

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  1. Writing political comedy
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  2. Narrative comedy: writing for TV in the online age
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  3. Comedy sketch writing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the art of creating a great comedy sketch. Study the brilliance of classic sketches and learn how to deploy their techniques in your own work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  4. Jump start your play
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you got a script idea but not yet put pen to paper? Or a script you started long ago but never finished? On this his intensive course you’ll inject some new energy into your idea – and get a headstart at writing it. Suitable only for those with playwriting experience.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  5. Playwriting: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory short course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. Television screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV programme or pitch your own idea for a television series one day? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical short course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  7. Ways into screenwriting: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on this short course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  8. Writing a romantic comedy
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the conventions of the romantic comedy genre and how to write a script that combines love and laughter to great effect. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  9. Joke writing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Ways into playwriting: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory online course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00

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