Monday, 7 March 2016
AMAZING OFFER - LEARN TO WRITE FUNNY.
This a one-off chance to attend a very popular Comedy Writing workshop that I stopped running over a year ago, to focus on more specialised workshops. But this is the Daddy: a total workout of comedy writing essentials, all in one day.
Have you pledged for my book? If not, this is another reason to do so. (If you've already pledged, thank you, and did you know you can raise the level of your pledge? Well, you can. And here's why you should do it.)
I'm offering TEN places on this special one-day workshop, exclusively for people who pledge £150. Remember, included in that price are the signed first-edition hardback with your name in it (otherwise £30), plus the e-book (£10), and other benefits. PLUS, as a bonus, I'll also give you a signed copy of my first book, Utter Folly ("A very funny novel" - Jack Dee).
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN ON THE WORKSHOP:
The secrets of creating great comedy characters.
How to write gags - understanding structure and impact.
How to make dialogue funny - any dialogue, in any medium.
Topical comedy - and how to get it broadcast.
How to write a killer comic monologue.
An overview of sitcom: character, structure, story.
For many years I made most of my living as a comedy writer. I wrote for so many radio shows that I've forgotten some of them. I wrote a lot of TV comedy too. I worked with Alison Steadman, Rory Bremner, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Linda Smith, Jeremy Hardy, Helen Lederer, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, and many others. I also wrote monologues for a famous comedian I won't name, because the work ranks just above my brief period as a welder's mate in my list of answers to the question, "What's the worst job you've ever done?" In case you don't know, a welder's mate isn't someone who is friends with a welder. Certainly not in my experience, anyway. In my experience a welder's mate is someone who pushes a rusting wheelbarrow full of very heavy equipment along a wobbly, narrow plank slung between two girders, 150 feet above the ground, trembling and gibbering with terror, while the welder stays on the ground, drinking tea and laughing at him.
The point is, I'm qualified to run a comedy writing workshop. And it is a workshop, not a lecture. Lectures about writing are like poems about swimming: they may inspire you but they don't improve your technique. The only way to learn how to write is by writing. That's what you'll do in this workshop, in a series of carefully designed, practical exercises. Sign up now.
NB: THE DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FLEXIBLE. AT THE TME OF THIS UPDATE THREE PEOPLE HAVE BOOKED; WHEN THERE ARE FIVE, I'LL CONTACT YOU AND WE'LL SET A DATE THAT SUITS US.