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Comedy Writers Room Workshop

This one-day online workshop is designed for screenwriters interested in further developing their comedy writing skills for screen, and gaining an understanding of the inner workings of a comedy writers’ room. Building on the principles learnt in Narrative Comedy Fundamentals this course gives you the opportunity to work on practical exercises both collaboratively and independently.

Run by one of Australia’s most successful comedians Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars, Shock Jock, Spin Out), who will be sharing his wealth of experience and industry insight while he guides you through practical writing exercises for a narrative comedy, and the art of working in the collaborative environment of a writers room.

The course also offers a unique opportunity to submit a short writing exercise after the one-day workshop based on your own idea/concept and receive personal feedback from comedy industry expert Tim Ferguson.

Grow confidence in your ability to put into practice key principles of narrative comedy.

Learn how to effectively communicate your ideas and work collaboratively.

Gain an understanding of the workings, practice, and etiquette of a professional comedy writers’ room environment.

Is the Comedy Writers Room Workshop right for you?

This course is best suited for students who have completed the Narrative Comedy Fundamentals with Tim Ferguson as it builds on the principles learnt in that course. These fundamentals will not be covered again in this highly practical intensive workshop, rather is an opportunity to put into practice and build upon this knowledge. If you have not previously attended the Fundamentals course, there will be some light reading material available ahead of the Workshop to catch up on or refresh yourself.

The nature of this course is highly collaborative and involves group work with other students on in-class exercises.


We recommend first attending Narrative Comedy Fundamentals: Tim Ferguson, where you will learn all the principles needed to apply in this workshop.

If you are interested in learning the craft of screenwriting, we have a short Intro to Screenwriting course and longer Screenwriting for Film and Writing a TV Series all delivered 100% online.

Meet Your Tutors

Tim Ferguson

Tim Ferguson is a comedian, screenwriter and director. He has created, written and starred in many TV series in Australia…

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What you will need

This course is delivered 100% online. You will need access to a computer/laptop with speakers, a microphone, a webcam (built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth), and good internet connection. Headphones are also recommended.

You will need to come to the course with at least a base idea/concept for a comedy show or film.

You will be working on this idea for some in-class exercises and have the option to submit a short writing exercise based on it within a week after the workshop. You will then receive some brief written feedback on your submitted writing exercise from Tim Ferguson. Allow an additional 6 hours within the week after the workshop to work on and submit this short writing exercise.

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This course is for students aged 18+ only.

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided. Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS’ sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances. AFTRS will make every effort to ensure the scheduled run of any course.

If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

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