What is the course about?
This course is a one-day masterclass in writing political comedy with practicioner Kate Smurthwaite, writer for Have I Got News For You and the BBC BAFTA-winning series The Revolution Will Be Televised.
What will we cover?
- Comedy of politics, politics of comedy
- Generating material
- Drafting and redrafting
- Writing for performance
- Devising comedy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- give and receive feedback with sensitivity
- Identify different types of political comedy
- Understand some basic techniques of writing political comedy and writing for performance in general
- Produce several pieces of original creative writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Come ready to share your ideas and your unique sense of humour. You will need an interest in politics and a willingness to participate. This is an intermediate course and some experience of creative writing will be useful. English fluency is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor-led discussion, analysis of successful political comedy, in class exercises, collaborative writing.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring writing materials. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet for use during in-class writing exercises if you feel it will help you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Why not flex your funny bone in Joke writing or in our three-week Writing comedy course? Please check the prospectus for dates. You may also be interested in writing for performance in one of our playwriting or screenwriting courses. Watch out for Ways into playwriting and Ways into screenwriting every term.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details