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Online Writing

Students who cannot attend classes in person at the Training Center can still study comedy sketch writing! Students receive individual instruction through one-on-one e-mail correspondence, exploring the fundamentals of character development and theatrical scene structure. Exercises include a variety of comedic genres, from "Simple Yet Impossible Goal" to "Clash of Context" to "Inappropriate Response."

$295, 8 weeks
Online Writing is conducted by e-mail correspondence with a Writing instructor.

Registration for Online Writing courses closes at noon Central time on the Friday before the start date unless otherwise noted.

Online Writing 1 October 26-December 14

Prerequisites: No previous experience required

Online Writing 2 October 26-December 14

Prerequisites: Online Writing 1


Online Writing for TV & Film October 26-December 14

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. Using Blackboard, the class will read existing scripts, view film and television selections, and create and workshop original ideas. Through instructor and class feedback, each student will leave the course with a fleshed out prose description of their project, structural suggestions for moving forward, and character descriptions.

Prerequisites: Online Writing 2


Online Writing - Staged Readings TBA

You might live away from a Training Center, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see your great scenes come alive on a Second City Training Center stage! Over four weeks, Online Writing students will have the opportunity to further develop their material and have it performed live by actors. Then the instructor selects one scene from each student to be read live on a Second City Training Center stage by talented Training Center performers. Scenes can be screened in person, via a live stream, or viewed at any time from an online recording.

$240, 6 weeks

Prerequisites: Online Writing 2