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.


Dave And Dan’s Topical Comedy Writing Course

 

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.

Top writers including Simon Blackwell (Veep, Back, Private Life of David Copperfield), Mark Burton (Madagascar, Wallace & Gromit) and Tony Roche (Succession, The Thick Of It) all began their careers this way.

This year two great opportunities have opened for new writers: Breaking The News, BBC Scotland’s topical show that runs for 30 weeks a year is now open for material from writers with no previous credits. And fabulous, multi-award winning The Skewer will be on Radio 4 for at least 15 weeks a year. Here’s what producer, creator and all-round topical comedy genius Jon Holmes has to say:

“Nothing has made me prouder than being able to bring new writers into comedy.”

Dan Sweryt has become a regular contributor to both shows. When he first heard The Skewer he couldn’t imagine he could write for it, but, he says “You can! Also it’s multiple award-winning and who doesn’t  want to write for a multiple award-winning show?”

In October we’ll be running an intensive individual six-week course to help you break into topical comedy writing. And while the course is running we’ll be pitching ideas and jokes for both shows. We’ll be looking at topical jokes and Skewer ideas, and learning how to get into THE ROUTINE of writing topical.

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? £199 inclusive. This is a small course so places are strictly limited. If you want to sign up contact davec@bindman.net

STOP PRESS – October course SOLD OUT. Contact us to find out more about 2022 courses.

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Build A Sitcom

I really enjoyed Dave’s course and found it very productive.  Every week Dave reads and gives individual feedback on what you’ve done.  It’s like having a writing partner with tons of experience, making you face things that you might otherwise gloss over, offering constructive suggestions, and occasionally administering a small pat on the back.  It’s the guide, philosopher and friend of sitcom courses.  – William Van Dyck (Winner 2021 Pozzitive Sitcom Script Competition)

A brilliant introduction to comedy scriptwriting for novelists who want to make the switch – Jessica Adams (Author Single White Email, Tom Dick and Debbie Harry; Editor Girls’ Night In)

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

October-November 2021 Fully booked

January-February 2022 Booking NOW OPEN For details email davec@bindman.net

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 email me the work you’ve done. Every week I write 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 I’ll send you details of how we’re going to operate every week.
  • WEEKS 1-8  We start with the idea. Then the characters. Then the stories. Then the outline. 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.

Interested? October course £240 

Places strictly limited so BE QUICK. Contact 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

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


Second Draft – NEW COURSE

Everywhere you look there are books, courses and blogs offering advice about how to WRITE your script. As far as I can see though NOBODY is offering ANY ADVICE about how to REWRITE the script you’ve already written.*

UNTIL NOW… From November I’ll be running a four week course that begins with your finished script.  Corresponding by email every week, together we’ll identify the main strengths and weaknesses of the script, and work towards creating a new draft that will hopefully improve your script and its chances in competitions and in front of producers.

I SAY HOPEFULLY… For reasons I discuss here I can’t guarantee that your script will get better. 

SECOND DRAFT

Once you start to unpick them scripts can unravel – but then sometimes that can be a painful but necessary step on the sitcom writer’s journey.

Interested? £240 Book before August 31st £199 funnyup02@gmail.com

*I’ll be honest I haven’t quite finished reading the whole internet yet but I’ll let you know if I find something.


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