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What Comedic Screenwriters Should and Better Not Do

At a Glance

  • For comedic writers looking to learn the principles of writing comedy for TV, Film and New Media
  • Learn Irony, Subtext and The Nature of Comedic exercises
  • Break through blocks and enjoy the process of writing!

Brad's book What Are You Laughing At? How to Write Funny Screenplays, Stories and More came from his UCLA Extension course on Humor Writing. It is the only humor book to compare and contrast principles of writing humorous scripts and prose. The book was praised by the likes of Larry Gelbart (Tootsie, M*A*S*H), Penn of Penn and Teller and Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues)

Now, Brad has customized his expertise for comedic screenwriters, utilizing book topics like:

  • Generating Ideas
  • the Character Template 
  • and his ground-breaking 11 Modes of Comedic Dialogue

There will be analysis of comedy film scenes covering a wide range of time and styles. And there will also be fun, free-wheeling flash writing exercises, that help the screenwriter break through blocks and enjoy the process of writing even more.

Other areas of discussion will include:

  • Rhythm and Sound of Words 
  • How Far to Take Black or Dark Comedy 
  • Irony and Subtext 
  • The Nature of Comedic Structure

The writing exercises will include one communal unit, the Physical, Social and Intellectual aspects of the Character Template, and the other exercises will be written individually by the students. While no one will be forced to read aloud at gunpoint, all students will have the opportunity to volunteer to read their exercises, with sensitive, positive feedback from the instructor, who is as protective as a mother hen.

The handout that Brad has prepared for this class will not only summarize exercises and principles but also include a hand-picked list of websites of interest to the writer of comedic TV, film and New Media. Furthermore, there will be included very instructional and inspirational quotes about humor and a published essay on the nature of being a writer.

Brad has taught at AFI, the Directors Guild, Gotham Writers Workshop in New York, and at universities and conferences in the US, Canada and Mexico. His animated comedy feature The Adventures of Manu is currently in production at Avikoo Studios in Mexico City and his early years biography Becoming Jimi Hendrix has been optioned as both a musical and film. Brad ran Chris Vogler's Storytech Literary Consulting for 11 years and now continues his own consultancy via www.BradSchreiber.com. He also writes a monthly column for Script magazine.

Where

The Writers Store - 3510 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

Saturday, August 3, 2013 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Product Details

  • Date available: 07/05/2013
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

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Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Brad Schreiber

Brad Schreiber has written six books, including the humor writing how-to, What Are You Laughing At?  He has worked as a TV writer-producer at PBS, sold and optioned screenplays and was director of development for film/TV director Jonathan Kaplan. He was VP of Storytech Literary Consulting, founded by Chris Vogler, for 11 years. Schreiber now handles consultations for clients worldwide at www.bradschreiber.com. He has taught at the American Film Institute, Gotham Writers Workshop in NY, UCLA, and in Canada and Mexico, among many others. Awards include those from National Press Foundation, Albee Foundation, Kingman Film Awards, and the Int...