Writing Program

Learn the basics of sketch comedy scenes, the building block of any Second City show. Study classic Second City scenes, use improv to develop scenes and write original sketches.

Please note that some of these classes will be delivered online.

Writing Online

Writing Drop-in with Andrew McCammon (Online)

Don’t want to commit to a class, but want to jump in once to test the waters?  Try a Taste of Comedy Writing to learn about creating comedic characters and dialogue.

Andrew McCammon is a North Carolina native who earned a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from UNC Asheville…

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Writing Escape (Online)

Like indoor recess for adults, Second City’s brand new online Writing Escape Series is the perfect way to break up the routine of physical isolation/working from home – all without leaving your living room. No prior experience is necessary for this fun, relaxed introduction to some of the skills of…

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Writing Lab: Content Creation (Online)

This class meets online via Zoom at the day & time you’re signing up for. All you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone (computer, tablet, or even your phone can work.

In this small size 4 week class students will learn, plan…

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Using Journalism to Create Comedy (Online)

This class meets online via Zoom at the day & time you’re signing up for. All you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone (computer, tablet, or even your phone can work.

It’s interesting times for journalism. And for comedy. In this workshop,…

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Personal Essay Writing (Online)

This class meets online via Zoom or Google Hangouts, at the day & time you’re signing up for. All you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone (computer, tablet, or even your phone can work.)

Just because it happened to you, and it…

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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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Writing Comedy News

The Daily Show proved that comedy can be entertaining, informative, occasionally disruptive. It birthed a genre that comedian-commentators like Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore, and Bassem Youssef spun into their own weird forms. In this class, we’ll study how to write comedy news from a comedic and…

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Sketch & Comedy Writing

Comedy Writing 1

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

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

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

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

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

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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Writing 6 Show Auditions

Students in Writing 5-6 are creating a stage revue and need performers. Auditions are generally held in week 7 or 8 of a term. Auditions are only open to Training Center students, and you must be available for rehearsal during the Writing 6 class time in the following term….

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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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Comedy TV Pilots Program (2020)

Level 101 – Do you have an idea for a TV show but don’t know where to start? Comedy TV Pilots 101 is designed to give you the tools for converting your idea into an outline of your very own TV pilot. From character to relationship to story, each week…

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Writing Workshops & Intensives

3-Day Intensive: Improv & Writing

Explore the principles and processes of improv in the morning leading into an introduction to sketch comedy in the afternoon.
There will be an hour break built into the class

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