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Comedy Writing

Online Sketch Writing 1

Online Sketch Writing

Students living away from one of the Second City Training Centers can still study comedy sketch writing! In Online Sketch Writing 1 students receive individual instruction through online correspondence, exploring the fundamentals of character development and theatrical scene structure. Exercises include a variety of comedic genres, from “Simple…

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Online Sketch Writing 2

Online Sketch Writing 2

Building on Online Sketch Writing 1, students will continue to learn the universal comedy techniques used in mainstream media as well as focusing on satire, character development and rewriting.

Major Concepts: Short history of sketch comedy, relationship, game and blackout sketches.

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Online Sketch Writing 3

Online Sketch Writing 3

In Online Sketch Writing 3 you will continue building the blocks of a sketch revue! Explore sketch structures that “break the rules”, including blackouts and clothesline scenes. Expand your ability to collaborate with other writers as you learn the structure of a Second City sketch revue.

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Online Sketch Writing 4

Online Sketch Writing 4

The culmination of the Online Writing Program allows you to strengthen your own voice as a writer as you explore concepts of satire founded in historical and personal events. Gain new tools for rewriting your sketches to strengthen the point of view. This term includes special workshops…

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Teen Sketch Online (ages 15-18)

Teen Sketch is a quick and fun entry into the world of sketch comedy writing. This is an exercise-based class WITH NO GRADES (woohoo!) that is all about generating ideas and exploring point of view while learning some terminology along the way. Homework includes watching TV, Youtube clips and posting…

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Teen Sketch Online 2 (ages 15-18)

Come on back and get your sketch comedy even sketchier! Teens will build on tools learned in Teen Sketch 1, further developing their comedic point of view along with learning and writing sketch comedy styles like “Fish out of Water” and “Parody.” It’s tons of fun with no grades! What’s…

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Basic Writing with The Onion Online

Basic Writing with The Onion Online

Second City has partnered with The Onion to present this fundamental online course outlining The Onion’s unique system of generating comedy ideas and stories. Learn how to create winning premises, essays and one-liners, but also find your unique comedy voice and learn to trust it…

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Intermediate Writing with The Onion Online

Intermediate Writing with The Onion Online

Writers will learn how to write a successful comedic story, hone their prose to a fine edge, and apply The Onion’s style of comedy creation to cultivate their own voice and style. With multi-media lectures, written assignments and teacher feedback, students work to develop foundational…

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Character Cocktail Party Level 1

Character Cocktail Party Level 1

Character Cocktail Party is a character-focused sketch writing course where you’ll explore one specific character in many different situations/sketch types. This is a chance to start thinking about how a character can have a personality independent of one specific sketch idea. We’ll work on creating these sustainable…

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Character Cocktail Party Level 2

Character Cocktail Party Level 2

Character Cocktail Party is a character-focused advanced sketch writing course where you’ll explore one specific character in many different situations/sketch types. Level 2 incorporates ensemble collaboration and the use of characters created by classmates. You’ll learn to pitch and write your characters into shared worlds, much…

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Comedy Writing Bootcamp: Fish Out Of Water

Comedy Writing Bootcamp: Fish Out Of Water

You’ve learned how to write a Fish Out of Water sketch. You’ve learned the concepts of ‘Insane in a Sane World’ and ‘Sane in a an Insane World.’ Have you had the opportunity to write BOTH types? AND get feedback? AND REWRITE them? This…

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Online Playwriting 1

Online Playwriting 1

The Second City’s approach to playwriting is focused on two elements: improvisational writing and storytelling structure. In the first course in this program, students will gain the skills to generate from abundance, create three-dimensional characters and explore their stories. Over the course of this…

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Online Writing Satire for the Internet 1

Online Writing Satire for the Internet 1

In this four-week online writing satire course, you will learn how to form a strong comedic point of view on topical news and pop culture events. You will brainstorm, draft and rewrite short pieces in the style of McSweeney’s, Shouts and Murmurs and The…

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Online Writing Satire for the Internet 2

Online Writing Satire for the Internet 2

Online Writing Satire for the Internet is a four-week intensive course. Satire 2 builds on the concepts learned in Satire 1 and puts an increased emphasis on writing at a professional level. Students will keep a running pitch document, have access to exclusive interviews…

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Online Writing Satire for the Internet 3

Online Writing Satire for the Internet 3: Portfolio, Pitching and Submitting Bootcamp

In this two-month class, the final in the Online Satire series, students will complete a writing portfolio that showcases their voice and POV, work to create a professional network, and focus on pitching and submitting…

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Online Writing Strong Women

Online Writing Strong Women

In Online Writing Strong Women  you will create memorable female characters that DRIVE your piece. Writers (women AND men) will create sketches, monologues, stories and character pieces through writing exercises, analysis of text and a variety of writing assignments.

This workshop is not offered every term. If you…

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Online Writing a Themed Show

Online Writing a Themed Show

Relationships. Turning 30. Being single. 70’s TV Shows. Some of the best sketch shows start with a strong central theme. In Writing a Themed Show celebrate your obsessions and your point of view by learning how to create a Themed Show online! Students will be given…

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Shape Your Sketch: Conception to Perfection

The most important part of the writing process is the RE-WRITING process. In this class, we take early drafts of your sketch, learn to hone on the premise, find the best context for it, and edit out everything unnecessary so your sketch is tight, efficient, and ready to perform. You’ll…

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History of Comedy on Film

Online History of Comedy on Film

Online History of Comedy on Film

Online History of Comedy on Film is the online version of our popular film appreciation class which takes comedy lovers of all skill levels on a journey through the story of film comedy, from the era when Chaplin and Keaton were kings of the silent screen…

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Music

Online Intro to Comedic Songwriting

In Online Intro to Comedic Songwriting you will learn to turn a strong point of view into a great comedic song. Work with classic song structures to strengthen your lyrics, and discover how melody and musical style can influence your songwriting. In this four-week online course, you will receive specific,…

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Storytelling

True Story for the Stage Online

Have you been bitten by the storytelling bug? Live, true-storytelling is both a trendy new performance form popularized by public radio shows and creative community events, and one of the oldest forms of performance there is. Storytelling has been used to teach, inspire, entertain and galvanize since before the written…

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Writing for Radio & Podcasts

Online Writing for Radio and Podcasts

Online Writing for Radio and Podcasts

In this online course, students will write, produce, and record original content meant to be listened to in podcast format. Using free audio editing software Audacity, students will learn about and experiment with a variety of different styles of pieces and podcast formats. There are…

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Writing for TV & Film

Online Writing for TV & Film

In Online Writing for TV & Film students familiar with the Second City model of comedy writing will explore visual writing, story structure and character in preparation for creating longer works for TV and film. The class will read existing scripts, view film and television selections, and write and workshop…

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Online Creating Your Pilot Pitch Packet

You’ve been talking about your sitcom idea forever already. Make it happen! Learn what the market is looking for (seriously, what are they looking for?), how to present your idea, and make them laugh in the room. You’ll end this course with an original pitch packet – from log lines…

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Online Writing a Screenplay

A sellable screenplay in Hollywood = quit your day job. This class will help you create characters, understand structure and learn to pitch. You’ll end this course with an outline of your [awesome] screenplay idea.

This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be informed when it…

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Online Writing the Hour-Long Pilot

Ever wondered how to write a pilot? In Online Writing the Hour-Long Pilot you will develop your own pilot for an original hour-long dramatic television series. Study the structure, character development, formatting, and themes of current successful hour-long shows. Leave the class with Act One and a Show Bible for your…

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Online Writing the Sitcom Spec Script

According to agents and managers, in order to break into Hollywood, it’s useful to have a spec script, an original pilot, a screenplay (if you’re interested in writing movies), and a short film (maybe a smart-phone movie). In Online Writing the Sitcom Spec Script you will write a solid spec…

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Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows

Write desk bits, monologues and a variety of segments for shows like Conan, Letterman, Kimmel, Ellen and more. Create original material to strengthen your writing samples.

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Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows 2

Building on Online Writing for Late Night and TV Talk Shows 1, this class will consist of joke maximizers for monologue jokes, finding the angle for your joke, monologue jokes with visual punchlines, the seven types of desk pieces, writing a rant on a topic like John Oliver, how to…

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Private Lessons

Online Private Lessons

One-On-One Coaching

The Second City Training Center offers individual, customized coaching in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

Acting
Monologue prep
On-camera audition prep
Dialects Accent Coaching

Youth & Teen Coaching
Audition Prep
Monologue Prep

Writing
Advanced sketch critique
Screenplay & Sitcom coaching
Sketch Production (Coaching a group through their first production)
Sketch generation & critique for a sketch group

Stand-Up
Idea…

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