Comedy Writing


Do you have a comedy concept for film or TV but no clue how to get it to the next level, let alone get it made? Do you want to improve your standup comedy writing skills? Or maybe you just want to learn how to make people laugh?

In this exciting 2 Day course you will learn the skills needed to write stand-up and narrative comedy. Build characters, devise stories and apply time honoured principles of comedy writing to make your own stand-up routine, comedy film or sitcom.

Course content

  • Genre
  • Comic character development
  • The principles of jokes
  • The principles of narrative comedy
  • Comic story structure
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Bibles and pitching

Ideal for

Writers who would like to build their comic skills. Comics who would like to build their writing skills. People who would like to learn how to make other people laugh.

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You will work on building and developing your own concepts in comedy whilst exploring the course content. Upon finishing this course you will have learned much about the tricks used to build comedy and be able to apply these to your own writing or comedy development.



Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Materials to bring

Notepaper, pen or a laptop.


Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.

Additional notes

Course Presenter - Brett Stanning

Brett Stanning is a screenwriter/director who has made short films including an AFC-funded Play in 2007 and has written, directed, produced, script edited and marketed many others. He is currently developing his own spec features, recently co-created a comedy series with Tim Ferguson and is in post-production on a short film he just wrote and directed, One More Sleep. Brett also assesses screenplays for the Australian Writers Guild.


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Available course dates

Saturday 26 May 2018

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 26.05.18
  • End date 27.05.18
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $470.00
Enrol now
Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 26.05.18 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 27.05.18 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

Saturday 27 October 2018

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 27.10.18
  • End date 28.10.18
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $470.00
Enrol now
Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 27.10.18 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 28.10.18 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

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