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Narrative Comedy Fundamentals: Tim Ferguson

Become a Comedy Screenwriter with Tim Ferguson

In this two-Saturday online course, one of Australia’s most successful comedians unlocks the code to writing narrative comedy. Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars, Shock Jock, Spin Out) offers processes and insights necessary for professional screenwriters to expand their skills base into writing comedy for television and film.

Using lectures, script analysis, workshopping and viewing of excerpts from sitcoms and comedy films you’ll get some super useful tools to unlock your funny within. The course concludes with methods for formulating series bibles and pitching concepts to Australian and international film and television markets.

Learn practical processes that are simple and original to devise comic characters, conflict and stories.

Discover practical techniques for developing and writing your comedy concept.

Learn the ancient Principles of Narrative Comedy to write funny dialogue and create comic situations.

Is Narrative Comedy with Tim Ferguson right for you?

A practical understanding of comedy is vital for any screenwriter and Narrative comedy is the world’s most popular and lucrative form of screenwriting.

If you’re a Beginner, Tim will show you how to get started. If you’re a professional, you’ll gain new tools to get your scripts to the next level. The masterclass offers approaches that are simple, original and practical. You’ll be writing great comedy before you know it.


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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This course is delivered live, 100% online via Zoom video on two consecutive Saturdays 9.30 – 5.00 pm. (Don’t worry – we’ll have plenty of breaks).

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, sound and a good internet connection, and a quiet place to participate. Headphones are recommended.

Once enrolled we will send you further instructions and a link to the zoom sessions. There will be some “homework” to do between the two Saturdays.

Register your interest to stay up-to-date on future offerings, application or enrolment dates, and more information on this course.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee 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 fee.

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