Let's write a sitcom episode (2 months workshop)

With the help of Peter Russell, we're going to take two months to write a sitcom episode for one of the ongoing networks!

This is for folks who want to develop a sitcom portfolio.

We will decide on a show, discuss the ins and outs of that particular program, and write an episode and we will table read it in class.

First day will be a general workshop on writing an episode.

You should have a sitcom episode written by the end of 2-3 months.

We're still experimenting with this idea.  But we want for all the students to finalize projects in this class!  And for students to start submitting their samples for agents, etc.

Peter Russell will show the PATTERNS of all half hour sitcoms -- and talk about trends in TV comedy, as well as show patterns in DRAMEDY. Take a look, if you can before class, at an episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER,  RAISING HOPE, and/or MODERN FAMILY.

Ist day $5

Peter Russell's Biography & Resume

Peter Russell is a master story teacher and script doctor who, along with his partner Cecilia Russell, has helped shape film story for Brian Grazier and Ron Howard at IMAGINE "Einstein Project", Alex Schwartz and Cary Granat at WALDEN FILMS "Chronicles of Narnia", Sunta Izzicupo at CBS Television Movies of the Week, as well as PARTICIPANT MEDIA, VIACOM, and many others.

In 2008, Peter discovered a true passion when he began teaching film and television story at UCLA's Entertainment Division of the Extension School. Peter's energy, entertaining style and true passion for his subject won him UCLA's Screenwriting Teacher of the Year in 2009.

In 2011, Peter and Cecilia created HOW MOVIES WORK (howmovieswork.com) - a film school that now teaches film classes all over the world, as well as in 'live' classrooms in Venice and Beverly Hills, California.  HMW has helped its students sell screenplays to major producers here in LA and to international studios in 2012 and 2013. Several of Peter and Cecilia's students have won film competitions and screenplay contests in 2013 and now in 2014.

Peter now teaches television writing and guides students to creating great original pilots in both drama and comedy.


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  • Kris B.

    I ate some bad shrimp before the meetup last Sunday...I was so looking forward to being there! I hope you're going to continue with this because it's a fantastic idea and I want to be a part of it. Thank you for taking it on!

    June 11

    • Lissette

      Hi Kris, I'm figuring out what we're going to do with Peter Russell. I should be able to email the group about it in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for posting your comment!

      June 22

  • Cela

    Hello, I wasn't able to make the first class. When will the next one be?

    June 9

    • Lissette

      We're trying to figure it out now. :)

      June 10

    • Cela

      Got it! Just making sure it is still possible to join if I missed that first one. Thank you!

      June 10

  • Adam

    If I took this class it would be for fun and a challenge. Is there any criteria for it?

    May 30

    • Lissette

      No, as it's up to the individual to complete the writing homework and such.

      June 7

  • Erin R.

    I can't make this one but I'm very interested in future workshops.

    June 1

    • Lissette

      Come on down when you can! :) ! C u soon!

      June 7

  • Mark C.

    Haven't thought much about writing a sitcom, but it makes sense. Most of the shows on networks are sitcoms. Easy on production charges. Without a car at the time, but hope to have one in a couple of months. Hope to start coming to a few of these meet ups. They sound great.

    1 · June 2

    • Lissette

      So kind of you to say positive comments about our meetups. Thank you!!

      1 · June 7

  • Thomas

    I'm out of town for the first 2 meetings of this. Are there any study-at-home options :) or is being posted online?

    June 4

    • Lissette

      Maybe we can Skype? It's something to look into....

      June 7

  • Marcus H.

    This is excellent. I´m working on a sitcom right now and it seems several companies are interested when I´m done writing. But it´s hard to write a sitcom by yourself - that´s why every sitcom has a huge staff of writers (sometimes 15-20 writers).
    This would be the perfect opportunity to find likeminded people who want to work together to build a creative team and help develop their ideas.
    I will try to be at every meeting except on June 22nd because it´s the Great American Pitchfest that day and I have to go.
    One question though: How long do you expect each day to last or is the end open? Just asking because I have to schedule work ...

    June 4

    • Lissette

      Hi Marcus, We're going to be surveying folks on Sunday about their needs, schedules and preferences. We'll make final schedule decisions then. :)

      June 7


    Hello people! I'd love to collaborate with talented people. Write me a note and let's brainstorm together.

    June 7

  • Nancy

    I will miss 3 of the Sundays so I'd better bow out. It sounds like a process w/a definite goal so maybe later if it's available again.

    June 7

  • Kris B.

    This is exciting as the meetup starts as my UCLA Extension scriptwriting class ends. Yay!

    1 · June 2

  • Anna Z.

    How much is it?

    May 31

    • Lissette

      Thank you for asking. This meetup is $5 for the hour. The meetup page is not allowing me to add the price info for some reason. I'm not sure how much it will be for the workshop, but the first meeting is $5. This is something completely new that I'm doing, because...I want to write a sitcom and I'm getting people together who want to do the same. We're going to survey the people who come in so that we can figure out where everyone is at.

      June 2

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