Stand Up Comedy Writing Intensive

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Location: 695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065
Important: Price includes $25 registration fee.

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Class Information

  • Class Level: Beginner
  • Age Requirements: 18 and older
  • Average Class Size: 14

What you'll learn in this comedy writing class:

Brush up on the fundamentals of Stand Up Comedy Writing through a combination of fast-paced lectures and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you've just learned.

The One-Day Intensives are fun, fast-paced immersions in a type of writing. You’ll get a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned. The one-days provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Come in to class with a notepad, pen, and desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer. One-Days are for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

Topics include: Joke formula, mining a subject, comedy tricks, writing for persona, the business.

About Stand-up Comedy Writing Classes:
Comics say it’s the greatest high. You step into the light, take a swig of water, pick up the mic, then reduce a crowd of people to a mass of helpless laughter. Sure, the risks are great – silence, heckling, complete humiliation – but on a good night a stand-up feels rich enough to buy Cosby a cigar and Seinfeld a Porsche.
Performance finesse and a good crowd help, but you “kill” or “die” depending on your written material.  First, the laughs must be there on paper.  In our course, you will develop an eye for fresh ideas, an ear for well-crafted jokes, learn how to structure an act, and tailor material to your individual persona. Whether you favor shtick or sophistication, we’ll show you how to write standup material that makes ‘em fall down laughing.

What to expect in a one-day intensive workshop:


The workshops provide beginners with a clear sense of fundamental principles. Participants have an opportunity to learn from professionals and ask questions.

No matter what your level, in-class exercises get you writing.


For those with some or even a great deal of writing experience, a One-Day Intensive Workshop is a potent refresher. While much of what the instructor says may sound familiar, clarifying basic concepts makes it easier to put them into practice.


Many people find that taking a One-Day Intensive Workshop is an excellent way to generate ideas for new writing projects.


Many people take a One-Day Intensive Workshop as a sampler to see if they are interested in a specific form.

Jump Start
If you have an idea for a writing project, the One-Day Intensive Workshop is a great place to learn strategies for developing your project.


A One-Day Intensive Workshop provides you with valuable writing tools - the tools you need on your belt if your project is giving you fits, or if the initial inspiration has faded.

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Cancellation Policy

To receive a refund or credit, a student must withdraw by written notification mailed or faxed to us. Refunds and credits are determined by the day that faxed notification is received. The postmark is used when the notice is mailed. Failure to attend classes or notifying the instructor does not constitute official withdrawal. If you withdraw from a course at least two business days before the first class meeting, you are entitled to a full credit toward another Gotham class (including the $25 registration fee) valid for one year or refund less an administrative fee of $25 and the $25 registration fee.  

If you withdraw from a course at least two business days before the second class meeting, you are entitled to a Gotham credit toward another class (not a refund) of the amount you paid less the $25 registration fee and less a prorated amount for the first class meeting. Credits are valid for one year and can not be changed into refunds. 

No refunds will be given one business day prior to the first class meeting or thereafter; no credits will be given one business day prior to the second class meeting or thereafter. Refunds take up to six weeks to process.

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At Gotham, we believe that teaching is every bit as much of an art as writing, and we know through vast experience that the ability to teach creative writing is a unique and valuable skill. That's why all of our teachers are professional writers and professional teachers. They know what it means to work at the craft of writing - they've been in the trenches - and they are expert at conveying the larger concepts and nuances to students of writing. And, most importantly, they don't just talk about writing, they get you writing.

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Upper East Side, Manhattan
695 Park Ave
Btwn E 68th & E 69th Streets
New York, NY 10065

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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop

5 out of 6

Attended: Dialogue Writing Intensive

Absolutely fantastic course, I'd recommend to the beginner as well as the seasoned writer wanting to hone their skills. Very informative and great use of exercise and script analysis to learn the process. Carl was a wealth of information and I'd take another class from him in a heartbeat.

Attended: Write-In

I really enjoyed this class. I like the approach to writing creatively and receiving supportive feedback from peers. I hadn't written in a while, so I found this refreshing. I'll be returning to GWW for another course.

Attended: Songwriting Intensive

Excellent class. Amazing amount of information in one day. Tony Conniff is terrific, and the course was fun.

Attended: How to Get Published Level 1

Excellent instructor. I learned alot-Facilities not too great crowded room too many in the class.

Attended: Memoir Writing Intensive

Very satisfied. Good instructor. Nice group of students.

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