The Sitcom Writers Room is for improvisers who want to get a feel of what it’s like to work in a professional writers room. It is good for anybody who is considering moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing. This class provides life experience working in an actual writers room. If this is something you see yourself doing in the future this experience will prove very valuable.
You will learn how a writers room functions and how your individual skill set is best put to use in that environment. You will learn how your improv voice translates into a writer’s voice (are you an idea person, a punch-up person, etc.). You will also learn how to write a one-sheet pitch for network approval, how to break a story’s plot, and other skills that go into writing sitcoms.
The instructor will function as the Head Writer. You will experience the life cycle of a sitcom episode by collaborating on a sitcom spec script. You’ll be assigned to write certain scenes, rewrite other scenes, and punch up dialogue. The class culminates in a table read of your finished spec script performed by comic actors. Please note that since the spec script was developed by the whole class no individual can use it as a sample of their writing.
The Sitcom Writers Room is for students who have completed Intro to Writing for TV & Film or with approval of the program head. The class meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. There will be in-class writing so a laptop is suggested.
This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be informed when it becomes available, please click here.