Writing political comedy

Course Dates: 23/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Kate Smurthwaite

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.

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Writing political comedy


What is the course about?

This course is a one-day masterclass in writing political comedy with practicioner Kate Smurthwaite, writer for Have I Got News For You and the BBC BAFTA-winning series The Revolution Will Be Televised.

What will we cover?

- Comedy of politics, politics of comedy
- Generating material
- Drafting and redrafting
- Writing for performance
- Devising comedy.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Students will be introduced to techniques for writing political comedy and get to practice same in a fun collaborative environment.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Nothing but an interest in politics and a good sense of humour.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor-led discussion, analysis of successful political comedy, in class exercises, collaborative writing.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Nothing but writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: HW473

Sat, day, 23 Feb - 23 Feb '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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