Writing Program

The Second City Training Center Writing Program has been considered the gold standard of comedy writing education for decades. We are thrilled to announce that we’ve made our flagship program even better for all our students. In this fully-revamped program, you will crack the matrix of how comedy works, from joke structure to sketch forms to creating comedic characters with a point of view. You’ll learn to see the underlying foundations of comedy and apply them to a variety of formats, including sketch, two-liners, storytelling, screenwriting, late night-style scripts, prose, and more. You will also be a part of your very own writers’ room, a supportive and creative environment where your and your peers’ writing will come alive off the page.

Sketch & Comedy Writing

Comedy Writing 1 (2020)

Writing 1 is for any student who is looking to start the journey of writing to and for a Second City-style revue. This class is the foundation for scenic comedy writing, a guide for utilizing an improviser’s skill set for rapid creation, and learning writing refinement. The concepts and tools…

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Comedy Writing 2 (2020)

Writing 2 builds on the foundation for scenic comedy writing established in Writing 1 by expanding on scenic types, writing to cast and running order, and writing through collaboration. Writing 2 focuses on the construction of a sketch comedy revue running order. Students who understand the structure of a show…

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Comedy Writing 3 (2020)

Writing 3 builds on the exploration into a Second City running order established in Writing 2 by focusing on the various sources of scenic inspiration and delving deeper into satirical writing. Writing 3 addresses the satirical needs of a sketch comedy revue running order as well as the skills and…

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Comedy Writing 4 (2020)

Writing 4 completes the writer’s toolkit with advanced skills for achieving strong point-of-view and applying scenic writing skills to custom writing opportunities. Writing 4 is a culmination of the skills acquired through The Second City Writing Program. It is with this class that a student will be prepared to move…

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Comedy Writing 5 (2020)

Writing 5 focuses on generating and refining written satirical material that results in a fifty-minute sketch revue script. Writing 5 puts into practice the skills acquired from previous class levels to create and produce a Second City-style revue.

Students in Writing 5 learn how to complete a script for a Second…

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Comedy Writing 6 (2020)

Writing 6 is the culmination of the Writing Program guaranteeing the production and theatrical run of a Second City-style revue. Writing 6 focuses on producing a staged comedy sketch show by fulfilling production roles, writing to show and cast needs, and working with a director to mount a show properly…

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Comedy Writing 1 Express

Express and Fast Track classes are designed for students who can’t do an 8-week class, or just want to move through beginning programs faster. These courses have the same number of class hours and the same pricing as the standard 8-week versions of the same class. Express classes meet twice weekly for four…

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Accelerated Writing (2020)

Designed for experienced writers and performers that are ready to work, Accelerated Writing covers material taught in Writing 1, 2 & 3 in one term. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Conservatory or Instructor Approval….

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Writing for People with Anxiety

In a warm, welcoming class environment, we will work together to overcome anxieties and fears surrounding the sharing of your written work. Presenting ideas is a deeply personal experience, and it is natural to feel nervous about doing so. But when your nerves prevent you from even stepping up…

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Writing for TV & Film

Intro to Writing for TV & Film

Intro to Writing for TV & Film is for anyone who wants to learn the crucial basics of writing for film and television or anyone with a great idea of a movie who needs help putting it into (properly formatted) words. It gives you a strong foundation for TV and…

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Intro to Writing for TV & Film Fast Track & Express

Express and Fast Track classes are designed for students who can’t do an 8-week class, or just want to move through beginning programs faster. These courses have the same number of class hours and the same pricing as the standard 8-week versions of the same class. Express classes meet twice weekly for four…

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Comedy Writing for TV & Film

Comedy Writing for TV & Film is for people passionate about turning their great ideas into awesome scripts people will be clamoring to produce. The idea-to-script-to-production-to-winning-an-Emmy/Oscar process is long and complicated, and this demystifies that crucial first step of taking an idea, getting it off the ground and turning it…

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Screenwriting

Screenwriting is for serious screenwriters looking for help turning a jumble of ideas into a sharp script that will turn heads. The screenplay can be an unwieldy beast without proper understanding of structure, pace, tone and character arcs. This class helps you tame the beast.

You will learn the specifics of…

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Screenwriter’s Lab

Screenwriter’s Lab is a class for people serious about finishing their screenplay. Students will build on the fundamentals presented in previous screenwriting classes. This is a place for advanced students to continue their writing projects, revise completed scripts, or begin developing new work.

You’ll explore more of the architecture of a…

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Creating the Comedy Web Series

Create comedy web series from script to screen in this 16-week writing and video production course.

For the first eight weeks, students will work in a writer’s room to write 4-5 episodes of a collaborative web series. Students will pitch ideas, give and receive notes, create a show bible and story…

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Writing Workshops & Intensives

5-Day Intensive: Writing 1

An introduction to sketch comedy techniques including characterization, comic premise and story structure….

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5-Day Intensive: Writing 2

A further exploration of using comic premises to develop original sketch comedy for students who have completed Writing Intensive 1….

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5-Day Intensive: Writing 3

Expand your comedy writer’s toolkit. From full-cast scenes to monologues, discover the types of sketches that round-out a Second City revue….

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5-Day Intensive: Writing 4

Refine your comic voice and strengthen your skill in revision while learning premises that break the rules – clothesline scenes, songs and more….

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Intro to Writing for TV & Film Fast Track & Express

Express and Fast Track classes are designed for students who can’t do an 8-week class, or just want to move through beginning programs faster. These courses have the same number of class hours and the same pricing as the standard 8-week versions of the same class. Express classes meet twice weekly for four…

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3-Day Intensive: Writing

Explore how to create sketches in the Second City style. Learn about scene structure and writing from a character’s point of view. You will learn the technique of “writing from abundance” which is where you learn to write improvisationally. This technique incorporates the “Yes, and” philosophy to your writing as…

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5-Day Intensive: Improv & Writing

Explore the principles and processes of improv in the morning leading into an introduction to sketch comedy in the afternoon….

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Writing Drop-in

Are you interested in taking a writing class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you? Give it a test drive! Our weekly drop-in writing class for beginners is open to everyone. It’s a great opportunity to practice, have some fun, and meet new people!
Classes meet every Monday…

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Private Lessons

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…

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Team Coaching

The Second City Training Center now offers team improv and sketch coaching. This service is available at or in the vicinity of any of our three Training Centers (Chicago, Hollywood, Toronto) and also available via Skype. Our team coaches are all skilled instructors and directors that have worked with Second…

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