Writing a Sitcom Pilot (with Kevin Napier)
So you have an idea? A concept? Maybe just an interesting character? But how do you turn that into a dynamic, compelling sitcom? In this course, for both new and experienced writers, we show you how to turn the kernel of an idea into a sitcom pilot that expresses your unique vision but in a way that connects with a wider audience. In the class we’ll learn:
- TV episode story structure – how to craft a story that has momentum and also showcases what’s funny and dynamic about your characters.
- Creating engaging characters – how to create characters that have distinct, fun personalities and strong “comedic points of view”.
- Crafting show, season and character arcs – how to lay the foundation for multiple seasons and exciting character journeys, full of growth and dramatic tension, while not losing what makes the show and characters funny and engaging.
Students will leave the course with a completed pilot (first episode) script for their show as well as a one-page overview of their show and main characters. Those with existing ideas and creative materials as well as those hoping to develop new material are encouraged to enroll.
This course is being run in partnership with StoryKiez and course registration fees include all course material. Students should come to class with a laptop, tablet or their preferred writing medium.
Please read through the Course Info & FAQs below before registering!
Class Size: 12 students
This elective course does not include a student show.
- March 5th
- March 12th
- March 19th
- March 26th
- April 2nd
- April 9th
- April 16th
- April 23rd
Course Info & Requirements
This course includes:
- free student tickets to improv & sketch shows at Comedy Café Berlin
- Certificate of Completion*!
*upon successful completion of the course
Health & Safety Requirements
- If you are feeling unwell, please let your instructor know and stay home!
- We recommend students wear masks unless actively performing in a scene or exercise.
- All students must read and agree to our School Policies and the above Health & Safety Guidelines.
- Students must be respectful to their fellow students and course instructors, and adhere to our Student & Teacher Code of Conduct and our Community Code of Conduct.
Have questions? Take a look at our FAQs
Please (pretty please) read the info below or our full FAQs before contacting us! (We’re pretty sure all your questions are answered here).
No. We keep our course and workshop costs low to allow as many students as possible to learn the art & fun of improv. To avoid unnecessary headaches involved in estimating student numbers, keep administrative costs down, and generally be fair to all students and would-be students, we do not offer refunds once a course or workshop registration has been purchased. Please keep this in mind before registering!
No. We don’t offer test classes or auditing, but we encourage prospective students to join our weekly open improv jam and to come to House team shows on Friday nights to get an idea of what we’re doing and who we are. This is a great way to meet us and current and former students, as well as join in the CCB community.
Yes but… we require students to attend at least 6 of the 8 course sessions in order to pass the course and continue taking higher level courses with us. In addition, students may not be more than 15 minutes late to 4 out of 8 classes in order to pass.
We do not offer make-up classes for missed classes. Students are added to a Google Group for their course and can message fellow students for notes about missed classes, but please keep in mind that no one is under any obligation to respond.
The student show offered as part of most courses is not required, but we feel that participating in the show is a fun and rewarding conclusion to the course, so we highly encourage everyone to participate.
If you know you’ll miss more than 2 classes, we strongly recommend you do not register as you’ll simply not get enough out of the course and you’ll be required to retake the course in order to continue taking courses with us.
Sometimes. We allow course prerequisite exemptions on a case by case basis, but please keep in mind that we rarely grant exemptions. We teach a very specific style of long form that is relatively unique in Europe. We lay the foundation for that in our Intro course and we’ve found that students who have received training at other schools that focus on short form ‘impro’, status and narrative are often at a disadvantage when skipping Levels, in addition to slowing down the progress of other students.
Our courses and workshops are capped at 16 students max; some courses and workshops have a lower class size – these will be noted in the event description.