Sitcom writing workshops taught by two hugely experienced industry insiders who offer insight and instruction from two perspectives; writing and production.

No Laughing Matter; A One Day Introduction to Sitcom Writing.

Do you aspire to be a sitcom writer? Would you like to join this elite group of angry, frustrated, cynical, sulky, self-pitying whingers? Let Harry Venning and Alison Vernon-Smith show you how to kick down the door of commissioning editors, slap them in the face with a script they can’t ignore and book your seat at the front table at the BAFTAs. **


This one-day introduction covers the fundamentals of situation, character, plot line and joke structure. Included in the price is a script or outline analysis for up to one month post-workshop.

Nobody says it’s going be easy. But then nobody said it would be easy to watch Mrs Brown’s Boys.

This is a small workshop, only ten places. Price is £120 for the day including biscuits and endless cups of tea. Or coffee. Please contact for payment schedule and cancellation rates.

** Not legally binding

Next date 19th May ONCA, Brighton


Pulling Teeth – A two-day exploration of sitcom writing.

An comprehensive examination of the art of sitcom-writing with practical exercises and special industry guest speakers. Twice as much depth as the one-day one.

Next date TBC

Banged Up. A residential sitcom-writing course.

An exhaustive, possibly exhausting, immersive sitcom study weekend.

Early autumn 2018. Contact for details.