$250 – $275

Comedy Writing: Monologue, Sketch, and Standup (8 Week Class)

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Flatiron Writers Room

5 Covington Street

Asheville, NC 28806

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Tom Chalmers ( Artistic Director Groundlings East, Staff Writer: Showtime TV, Director Asheville School of Improv) brings his comedy pedigree to this 8-session writing course.

Speech writers often tell you the best thing to do is open with a joke, but that is easier said than done. Comedy writing is an acquired skill where spontaneous laughter is brought about by a practiced precision of words, a studied sense of satire and spoof, and a crafted ear for character voice. This course will familiarize students with the components that are needed to create effective comedic pieces, whether read on the page or seen performed on the stage. Through a series of writing assignments, the class will emphasize the importance of structure, the benefit of building in a beginning, middle, and end… even for a one-liner. The course covers various styles of comedic writing. Individual and group assignments will cover original character monologues, situational comedy sketches, and standup comedy routines. We will integrate a variety of techniques such as the rule of threes, set up and punchline, the callback, the character catch phrase, and the blackout or closer. Some in-class assignments will involve improvisation, so previous improv experience is encouraged but not required. All students are expected to write and present their own material unless they have specifically written something for another classmate to perform. Students will present new original material each week as well as periodically present rewrites to be considered for inclusion in the public performance at the end of class.

Classes run Saturdays 10am-12:30pm, September 16--November 4, 2017. Enrollment is limited.

Cost: $250 if you register before September 6, 2017, $275 after.

BYO laptop or writing materials.

See the Flatiron Writers Room website for more information or the option of registering by check: https://www.flatironwritersroom.com

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Inclement weather: If the instructor has to cancel a session due to weather, the Flatiron Writers Room will email you and post an announcement on our websites by 8 a.m. the day of the session. The instructor will reschedule the missed class for a time convenient to as many participants as possible. The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may cancel your registration up until 5 p.m. on September 9, 2017, via Eventbrite for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.


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