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With all the writing classes and books around, I realized there's one thing
none of them teaches – what it's actually like being in a sitcom writing
Practically all sitcoms are "room written" these days (even single camera shows like Modern Family). That's when a dysfunctional group of funny, creative people somehow manage, collectively, to craft a brilliantly funny (or at least not embarrassing) script while suffering from incredible time pressures and personality clashes.
I found myself imagining a weekend workshop that gives you the hands-on
experience you could get only in a professional writing room.
A cross between a seminar/workshop and "comedy writing fantasy camp."
I mentioned the idea on my blog, a bunch of people responded, and the
next thing I knew I was spending two intense days (and nights) with 20
talented writers from all over the world.
It was an amazing weekend. Exhausting and exhilarating. Seeing the
progress our attendees made truly was inspiring.
You'll work with a small team of fellow writers, ranging from beginners to
semi-pros to future Emmy winners.
The 20 attendees will be divided into four writing teams. It's pretty much
guaranteed that by the end of the weekend you'll leave with several new
lifelong friends. (And who knows? Maybe even a new writing partner.)
I'll be moving from team to team, giving you the best of whatever expertise
I've picked up in 35 years of TV & movie comedy writing.
You'll experience what it's really like to be in a writer's room — complete
with bad take-out food and a script in trouble.
You’ll see what works and what doesn’t.
And then have the opportunity to fix it again.
I'm looking for 20 nice, smart, interesting people who want to experience
what it's really like to write contemporary TV comedy. Your resumé doesn't
Los Angeles, California
Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel
Saturday & Sunday, October 17 - 18, 2015
$1,600 per attendee
If youíre coming from outside the Los Angeles area, I strongly recommend you stay at the hotel where weíre holding the Sitcom Room: the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. I donít get any kind of kickback from them, but Saturday is almost certain to be a long night and itíll be much easier finding your room if itís in the same building.
The hotel has a free shuttle to pick you up at the airport. If you’re flying in,
it’s a great location.
Also, you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you’re staying at the same place as your
After you've registered, we'll send you a special hotel link with a really
low rate that we've negotiated for this year's Sitcom Room attendees.
First, sign up (using the handy, secure online registration form). Once
your registration has been processed, I'll send you an e-mail with more
information on what you can do to get the most of out of this weekend.
You'll learn a helluva lot, have some laughs, get great practical experience,
and I promise we'll never analyze CASABLANCA.
Sorry, no. Our attendees have come from all over the U.S. and Canada, as
well as from Australia, Peru, Austria, Denmark, Norway, England, Germany and Ireland.
Obviously, these are highly motivated individuals. If you live far from L.A.
and are motivated enough to travel for this unique experience, I'd love to
see you in October. But please don't wait for The Sitcom Room to come
to your neighborhood, because that won't be possible.