Comedy writing courses

Make your own comedy writing stand out. Whatever you’re writing, a ten-word joke or an 80,000 word novel, IT CAN ALWAYS BE FUNNIER. Whether you’ve had some success already or are just starting out, my comedy writing courses will help you focus on taking your work forward.


Build A Sitcom

This course has been a wonderful inroad into a field I’d always wanted to enter but was never sure how to go about it. Thank you so much for all of it  James Allen


January 2021 – almost full

May 2021 – join waiting list

The notes are great, and it has given me a lot to think about. The blogs are easy to understand, even though some of the ideas are quite complex. I would definitely recommend it. – Jacqueline Davies

We’re going to write the first draft of a sitcom in EIGHT WEEKS.

Whether you’re starting out and wondering where the muse will come from, or a professional writer hoping to keep in shape while the meetings have stopped, this sitcom writing course could be a way to defeat the creative torpor.

Every week you send me the work you’ve done. Every week I get back to you with thoughts and notes about how best to continue.

You might not finish it… But you’ll have experienced writing to a deadline, and if you want to be a professional writer that’s a vital skill to learn.

You might finish it and never wish to show it to anyone again… Okay, but you’ve proved to yourself that you can write a sitcom episode in a reasonable time-frame. Your next one will be easier and should be better.

You might think it’s quite good, but not good enough… That’s okay, you’ll already be having ideas about how to improve it.

You might think it’s brilliant… You’ll still need to rewrite it. Nobody’s first draft is ever that good.

  • WEEK ZERO Friday 8 January: I’ll send you details of how we’re going to operate every week.
  • WEEKS 1-8  15 January – 5 March:  You build your episode from nothing into a first draft script. At the end of week 8 we’ll discuss ideas for what you should do next with your script.

2020 courses completely sold out.

January almost full. Join waiting list now for May 2021 early bird rate

Interested? Early bird rate £168. From December 1 £199

Places strictly limited so BE QUICK. funnyup02@gmail.com

More praise for Build A Sitcom

I’m stunned at the depth of your notes and the speed at which you return them. Your feedback is always fair and when I read your notes each week, I find myself nodding in agreement. I’d recommend the course to anyone wanting to write a sitcom from scratch, whether or not they have writing experience. Basically, signing up to this course has been the best decision I’ve made all lockdown! – Eleanor Hayward

The notes are great, and it has given me a lot to think about. The blogs are easy to understand, even though some of the ideas are quite complex. I would definitely recommend it. – Jacqueline Davies

I’ve loved the course so far. I’m finding the specific notes on homework extremely helpful, and that they’re in addition to the general notes and general instructions is really good. You’re a supportive teacher and in my experience at least half of this writing game is confidence and you encourage us to push on.  – Fiona Faith Ross

Being taken step by step, to tight time frames, has given a brilliant insight into the process and how difficult it is. If anyone was thinking of trying their hand at Sitcom writing, they would do well to try your course. – Lee Dixon

I have been working through lockdown and it’s been the most stressful time of my career. Having this sitcom to do in down time has given me an escape, I haven’t burdened my family with my work and the deadlines have kept my mind occupied so thank you, if this course achieves nothing else for me it has got me through lockdown – Steven Mucklow


Let’s Get Topical

There are many ways to start making a living at comedy writing, but nothing gets you noticed faster than being able to write topical jokes.

In 2021 I’ll be running intensive individual three-week correspondence courses to help you find out if topical comedy is a possible way forward for you. We’ll be looking at topical jokes and sketches, and I’ll be giving advice, but the main thing you need to learn is THE ROUTINE.

You need to get into the habit of reading the news, knowing which stories to try and which to avoid – and most important, coming back every week to repeat the whole process. You don’t have to be a news nerd, but it helps. The main question is, can you make people laugh at the news? Week in, week out. Same topics, different jokes. Not everybody can do it, but if you can, you’ll quickly be in demand.

Interested? £99 funnyup02@gmail.com


How to Write Comic Songs

 Free Course for Black Comedy Writers

Ever fancied writing a funny song? If you know how to write sketches, the principle is the same. People love great comic sketches but they remember great comic songs.

I’ve been writing comic songs since I was 12 and now I’m approaching 62 I reckon after half a century it’s time to hand over my Rhyming Dictionary to the next generation.

I can’t promise you any future work but I can show you the basics of comedy songs and how to pitch them.

This comedy writing course will be a mix of online classes and email correspondence and will take place in September.

Drop me a line at funnyup02@gmail.com and tell me a bit about yourself, and show me any work you may have already done in this field.


What people have said about my comedy writing courses

“Such an inspiring class. It was a real pleasure to be able to bounce ideas around with other people. And it was comedy-based, which meant I was laughing and smiling throughout the exercises. Would recommend the classes 100%!” Marcus Barnes

“I thought your classes were informative, fun and covered exactly what I hoped they would. I would definitely be interested in more and would recommend your classes to all aspiring comedians and script writers.” Carly Freedman

“I liked how you tried to involve everyone, regardless of their ability (as a fairly shy person this really helped me).  I was apprehensive about group writing activities after only ever writing alone but was surprised how much I got out of them. It made me want to do more of it in the future.” Martin Bickle

“I particularly enjoyed thinking about and discussing what made a memorable character – hearing other people’s thoughts and meeting the other members of the class was really great.” Jane McCutcheon

“It was spot on for me. Have already recommended it to a couple of friends & work colleagues.” John Sandy

“This sitcom writing course has been a wonderful inroad into a field I’d always wanted to enter but was never sure how to go about it. Thank you so much for all of it.” James Allen

“Being taken step by step, to tight time frames, has given a brilliant insight into the process and how difficult it is. If anyone was thinking of trying their hand at Sitcom writing, they would do well to try your course.” Lee Dixon

“I have been working through lockdown and it’s been the most stressful time of my career. Having this sitcom to do in down time has given me an escape, I haven’t burdened my family with my work and the deadlines have kept my mind occupied so thank you, if this course achieves nothing else for me it has got me through lockdown.” Steven Mucklow

“You really delivered the essentials & anyone doing this course will be well equipped to execute a script. Your style is so straightforward & you really make effort to include everyone – I imagine everyone left the class yesterday feeling like they had been paid attention as writers as well as being giving the tools to do the job.” Maryann Devally

“Thank you so much for today, really enjoyed it. It really opened my eyes to new character-led plot.” Robert Rivett


A comedy writing course not what you’re looking for? I also offer individual coaching in comedy writing as well as comedy script-reading