Writing Comedy Scripts with Hugh Dichmont
27 January @ 18:30 - 20:30
About this event
Drawing on comic theory, this fun, hands-on, two-hour workshop will give learners techniques for creating material far funnier than this workshop description, which, frankly, Hugh admits to phoning in a bit.
A workshop for all levels of experience and writers of all genres. Whether aspiring or established writers of any medium: novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, filmmakers, poets, storytellers – anybody interested in exploring the line between comedy and drama.
With open, friendly discussion and in-class creative exercises, award-winning script writer Hugh Dichmont guides learners through an exploration of their own comic voice, developing ways we can channel our unique take on the world into something others could (should?) find funny.
Throughout this course you will…
- Broaden our approaches to planning and developing narrative ideas through fun in-class exercises .
- Experiment with light and dark approaches to crafting comic imagery.
- Unpick ways we can use everyday experiences to fuel comedic writing.
- Explore the comic character arc, in contrast to ideas of tragic drama.
- Develop good habits for crafting joke-focused work, exploring how that can form part of a wider dramatic palette.
- Find ways we can challenge ourselves as writers, to surprise our audience.
- Write lots, with opportunities to share and discuss.
- Complete a finished short script for stage or screen.
About Hugh Dichmont…
Hugh Dichmont is an award-winning script writer and film-maker based in Nottingham. With a passion for comedy, his projects include The Future History of the British Isles, a dystopian sketch show for podcast and stage, Who You Are and What You Do (2019 Bread & Roses Playwriting Award), and short plays at venues including Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre 503 and The Vaults. He currently has several film projects in development, from shorts to sitcom pilots, and feature concepts, working with producers from across the UK.
Book your place…
This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. A link with access instructions will be emailed to you shortly before the workshop is due to start. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org