Comedy Writing Masterclass with Laurence Marks (IdeasTap)

Do you want to learn how to write for television? Do you want to earn a living from making people laugh? Do you have a brilliant idea but nowhere to take it?

Whether you’re currently developing a project and need some inspiration, or are a journalist or stand-up keen to give TV writing a go, IdeasTap is offering you a TV comedy masterclass with one of Britain’s most successful comedy screenwriters: the indefatigable Laurence Marks.

The man behind comedy behemoths like Goodnight Sweetheart and the recently resuscitated Birds of a Feather will be sharing his insider knowledge on breaking into the industry and how to write a successful script, in particular focusing on character and plot structure.

Details: The masterclass costs  £50 and will take place at a London venue  on 23 and 24 November 2014. There are 20 places on offer for the chosen writers.

Previous participant, IdeasTap member Sarah Page, said:

I learned how to generate sitcom ideas, create engaging characters, structure a pilot, terrify Members of Parliament and the best way to take a nap in an Estonian lap dancing club. Laurence is a legend in the television comedy writing industry and I really appreciated the opportunity to pick his brains and get some insider, professional advice. We spent two days sharing ideas on what we found funny, which will hopefully inspire our own comedy writing.

The judges are looking for writers who have an idea for a comedy script and want help to develop this further. You need not have had your work made, but must have a strong idea. You might have skills in journalism, scriptwriting, fiction writing, or stand-up comedy. This weekend will give you a chance to sharpen up your idea, and give you tips and hints about how to improve it.

How to apply: you need to be registered with IdeasTap where you’ll be able to follow the brief. You’ll be asked to submit a 100 word outline for a sitcom idea, you CV and an extract/example of your comedy writing.

Deadline: 5pm on 10 November 2014

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

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