BiteSized@NFTS: Comedy Writing Finding The Tone

Short course


‘Tone’ is one of the hardest-to-define concepts in comedy, yet, as a writer, one of the most important. And if you want to write on someone else’s show, perhaps even the most important.

This 2 hour online session will teach aspiring writers all they need to know about identifying, pinpointing and replicating tone when writing for existing comedy programmes.

Covering the differences in audience and non-audience comedy, US vs UK, slapstick, naturalistic dialogue, surrealism, family-friendly comedy, dark humour and even the dreaded pun, ‘Finding the Tone’ will leave its students armed with one of the most important tools in becoming a jobbing comedy writer.

Course tutors Ed Amsden & Tom Coles are writers on Have I Got News For You, Dead Ringers, Insert Name Here and much more, with television sitcoms optioned by Big Talk, Avalon and Black Dog Productions.

It is unlikely that this session will be scheduled to run again so secure a spot while you can!

Freelance Rate: £50

Corporate Rate: £100


Feedback from other online training we have provided include:

“I probably felt more comfortable doing this course over Zoom than I would have standing up in person reciting the same stories.”

“This course was delivered remotely and I was surprised at how well it worked. I felt at ease being at home and lost no focus. I felt that I was actually more honest about my faults and it gave a more informal feel”

“A really great inspiring course with a very likeable course leader”

“Tutor had a very good structure and was passionate about their subject. I felt engaged and informed throughout.”

“The practice sessions were my favourite part. We got to think on our feet and really put the teachings to the test. The tasks set were easy to follow but hard enough that you really had to think to complete them”

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