COMEDY ONLINE CLASS
Comedy is the single most successful story form.
But one reason comedy is so difficult is that it has at least eight different structures, each with very different story beats. If you approach comedy as a professional, you can become of the few writers to work steadily in this popular form.
This online class takes you step-by-step through the storytelling process, from one-line idea to final script, so that you can write an excellent work of fiction. In each of the lessons, you will first study the material and then complete the appropriate writing exercise.
Send your written responses to the exercises to firstname.lastname@example.org for comprehensive feedback. Then proceed to the next lesson. John Truby has designed the lessons in the order that will produce your best work in the shortest amount of time. However, you are free to take the lessons in any order you wish.
The Comedy Lessons:
Lesson 1 – Identify the unique problems you will encounter in writing a comedy and write one or two lines explaining how you will avoid each of them. Explore and develop your comedy premise.
Lesson 2 – What is the primary way that your hero will be dropped comically in the story? How are the other characters in your story dropped? How does your story express the comic view of life, either positively or negatively?
Lesson 3 – Determine which if any character types you are using for your characters.
Lesson 4 – Describe the key story beats for your comedy.
Lesson 5 – Add the story beats unique to your comic sub-genre.
Lesson 6 – Which if any of the four major comic themes apply to your story? Detail the moral argument you will track throughout the story.
Lesson 7 – Write a setup line and payoff line for each drop. Look for places to sequence jokes.
Lesson 8 – Apply the list of common comedy errors to your story before doing your rewrite.
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