Comedy Writing


12 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Do you want to improve your stand-up comedy writing skills? Or maybe you just want to learn how to make people laugh? Do you have a comedy concept for film or TV but no clue how to get it to the next level? In this exciting 2 Day course you will learn the skills needed to write stand-up and narrative comedy. Build characters, devise stories and apply time honoured principles of comedy writing to make your own stand-up routine, comedy film or sitcom.

Course content

  • Genre
  • Comic character development
  • The principles of jokes
  • The principles of narrative comedy
  • Comic story structure
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Bibles and pitching


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

More details


No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking. A USB flash drive for transferring and storing files.

Suited to


  • Writers who would like to build their comic skills
  • Comics who would like to build their writing skills
  • People who would like to learn how to make other people laugh
  • Outcome

    Students will have develed their own concepts in comedy whilst exploring the course content. Upon finishing this courseparticipants will have learned about the tricks used to build comedy and be able to apply these to writing or comedy development.

    Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

    Close up of Screenwriting teacher Brett Stanning

    Facilitator: Brett Stanning

    Brett Stanning has written and script-edited many screenplays: short films, music videos, TV and feature films, both spec and assignment.

    He has co-created a comedy series with Tim Ferguson, has directed short films, music videos and sitcom teasers. Brett is in post-production on horror short film, Skullz, as Writer, Director Producer. Brett also assesses screenplays for the Australian Writers Guild.

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