Do you dream of writing your own television show for the screen?
We are living in a golden age of television, with more outlets than ever to fill with quality programming. Now is your chance to turn those dreams into script pages. Writing the classic thirty-minute sitcom is as easy as outline, three acts, subplot, camera, commercial break, and ACTION! In each unit, students will learn about crafting dialogue, creating quirky characters, developing plot lines, writing screen directions, and the art of comedic timing—resulting in their very own finished sitcom script.
Writing Television Comedy for the Sitcom
INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Congress
DATES: Tuesdays, 5pm-7pm, Saturdays 10am-12pm Eastern Standard Time
Tuesday, November 10th - Sunday, December 20th
CONTACT: email@example.com or call 917-710-0050
*Access to a computer, headphones and internet.
All assignments can be accomplished with a smart phone.
Sarah Congress writes plays, television spec scripts, and the books for musicals. Most notably, her play The Angel Manual received a reading at the HBMG National Winter Playwright's Retreat in Creede, Colorado (2019) and a portion of her book for the musical Lars's Hostel was selected to be in the New Work Series' Emerging Artist Theatre Program at Tada Theatre (Forthcoming, 2020/2021). Her comedy The Legal Secretary was presented as a staged reading at The Road Theatre Lankershim Center for the Arts in LA (2017) and her full length drama No Knowing Where We're Rowing was selected by the UP Theatre to be a part of their Summer Heat Reading Series (2016).
Sarah is a former Resident Playwright at Manhattan Repertory Theatre and the former Literary Manager of the New Jersey Repertory Theatre. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing (2013) from the conservatory at SUNY Purchase College, and was honored to take three independent studies in playwriting with her wonderful mentor David Henry Hwang (2017-18). She currently works in the Dean's office at Columbia University, School of the Arts as the Executive Assistant to the Deans, Manager of Academic Administration.