BiteSized@NFTS: Sketch-Writing for Television & Radio

Short course


Submit your application and as soon as we've received sufficient interest we’ll schedule dates

This short but densely-packed 2-hour masterclass is all about how to get your sketch-writing broadcast to the nation.  If you’re passionate about comedy but want to hone your craft and learn about real-world opportunities to get your work on air, this course will give you all the tools and information you need.

  • The theory behind how comedy sketches work, as well as tips and guidance for writing, including the importance of industry-standard formatting.
  • ‘Finding the funny’ when choosing your angle and subject, selecting your target and mining it for jokes.
  • Open-submission programmes and potential career trajectories through comedy writing.

Course tutors Ed Amsden & Tom Coles are writers/script-editors on sketch shows including Dead Ringers, It's Jocelyn and Newsjack, with multiple television sitcoms currently under option with 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”

How to apply

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Full payment will be taken via Secure Trading upon application

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