HOW NOT to write SITCOM
How NOT to write a sitcom
90% of sitcom scripts are rejected. Why? Often this is down to simple form and formatting errors. Sitcom is one of the most lucrative forms of TV writing and yet time after time script editors are given a hundred excuses to bin your hard work. “How NOT to write a sitcom” is a One-day course aiming to iron out these problems.
Place. 59 South Molton St London W1N 5SN
The time: 11am until 5 pm.
What you will need to bring.
An idea, a pitch and/or the first five pages of your script. The more you bring, the more we can work with. Also bring laptop or writing materials. All material discussed remains the intellectual property of its owner.
Contact: marc on email@example.com
What you will gain:
A solid understanding of market requirements.
A vastly improved knowledge of the form.
Insider industry tips as to what works and what doesn’t.
A guide to the stuff that gets you rejected right away.
First hand experience of working line by line on a scene.
A chance to hone your pitch and selling document.
Your first pages analysed.
The Tutor. Marc Blake has been a script consultant for over five years, for the BSG website, various TV companies and for the South African Broadcasting Company. He has taught sitcom and comedy writing for fifteen years at City University. Successful students include Catherine Tate. As BSG consultant his clients have recently sold scripts to both the BBC and Channel Four (2008).
He is the author of: “How to be a Sitcom Writer” and “How to be a comedy writer” (Summersdale 2005).
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