Keep your skills sharp with our Workshops and Electives.
Jump at the opportunity to be taught by expert Highwire Comedy Co. faculty members and guest teachers. These workshops and electives are geared toward performers and writers who want to continually improve. Each course is unique, so be sure to check to see if there are any prerequisites before signing up.
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UPcoming workshops & ELECTIVES!
Developing Your Web Series
with Matthew Schwartz
Class time: Mondays [7:00p-9:30p] (8/21-10/16)
Prerequisite: Prior writing experience such as Sketch Level 1 is recommended
Cost: $250 through August 6th. Regular price: $275
Do you have an idea for the next online hit series? If the answer is “yes” then this course is for you! In this class, you will learn:
- How to write a compelling pitch and pilot
- How to develop strong characters and stories
- What works best online
- Short-form vs. long form
- “Writing to Produce” vs. “Writing to Sell”
- Utilizing production resources effectively
- Promoting your work online
Each class will explore a core concept using concrete examples. Students should come prepared to laugh and willing to share their work and brainstorm as a group. Each session will be divided into instruction and workshopping. Students will be expected to write and revise their individual projects each week, as well as provide constructive notes for their peers. This class will focus on comedy web series but concepts from other genres are welcome. At the end of this eight-week course, you will have completed a pitch document and a pilot script.
About the Instructor Matthew Schwartz graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Radio-TV-Film and a certificate in Creative Writing for the Media. He is currently a freelance writer/producer/director based in Atlanta. Matt has worked in feature film production, television development, and on-air promotion for Turner Broadcasting and others. You may have seen his creation “Calling Cat-22!” on Cartoon Network or his music video parody “Straight Outta Gotham” on YouTube (1M+ views and growing). Matt is currently developing a number of comedic animated series, including one that features vampires fighting terrorists. A “fun fact” about Matt is that he was a “phone a friend” on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and totally screwed it up