My Safe & Easy Writing Class
In this comprehensive course, Gunnar will walk you through the steps of creating a series that highlights your comedic voice. He will also ensure your pilot is structured suitably for network and streaming broadcast. Multi-camera shows are not written the same as single-camera shows. Gunnar is one of the few writing coaches in Hollywood who can explain the difference and help guide you in either format. New writers and experienced writers will benefit from Gunnar’s vast knowledge of TV comedy.
For Actors, Writers Or Anyone
You do not need an idea or a pitch to take the class. Conversely, if you have an idea you want to get onto the page, Gunnar will help you develop it to professional industry standards. My Safe & Easy Writing Class covers the basics of writing like scene structure, story, relationship development and how to create laugh out loud funny jokes.
Gunnar has a deep knowledge of the history of television comedy. He understands exactly why sitcoms work. When they don’t, he can articulate why they don’t. You’ll also learn about core family dynamics, how to use status to create conflict and how family dysfunction enables sitcoms to function. Most ideas have value. Not all ideas lend themselves to series television. Gunnar knows the difference. He’ll teach you how to design a show without first-time writer mistakes.
Content Creators Control Their Own Destiny
You will receive sample scripts for formatting examples in My Safe & Easy Writing Class. ACS has access to all of the comedy pilots that are developed each year. Gunnar has written many himself and has read hundreds. He is the author of The Comedy Code, The Funniest Scenes in the World, Volume 1, and The Funniest Scenes in the World, Volume 2 – original TV scenes for actors to practice, workshop and shoot reel footage! His books are part of the Sitcom curriculum he created for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He is the Head Writer for both seasons of MiniComs™, shot live in front of a studio audience. The Laughter is Real! He’s also a Contributing Expert to Backstage Magazine and coaches writers privately.
What you’ll learn at a glance:
➥ The vital differences between writing multi-cam and single camera shows
➥ How to generate story and design the world of the show
➥ Rich character development utilizing The Heroes of Comedy
➥ How a pilot differs from a typical episode
➥ The top mistakes that kill a pilot’s chance of getting made
And much more. Gunnar provides a supportive, nurturing environment for all creatives 🙂
Days & Times
Next Session, Fall 2023: Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 pm PT for six consecutive weeks
September 13 through October 18
What You'll Need
Course is conducted through ZOOM
A computer with screenwriting software installed is encouraged. You will be writing in class as well as outside of class!
Script formatting software options are Final Draft, Celtx, Fade In, WriterDuet, Slugline, Storyist, etc.
Sample scripts will be provided for reference.
$495 for six weeks including sample scripts and worksheets
Purchase of The Comedy Code required.
Is there a prerequisite for this class?
No. This class is for writers, actors or anyone. New writers will learn the right way to design a show. Experienced writers will also benefit from Gunnar’s lifetime of writing, producing, performing, teaching and directing comedy.
What is the class size?
Class is limited to a maximum of 14 students.
What if I miss a class?
There are no make ups but Gunnar will audio record the class on request if you can’t make it. Private appointments are available with Gunnar at an additional cost if needed.
Can I check out the class before signing up?
In order to maintain class integrity, we do not allow auditing. If you would like to meet with one of our instructors for a brief, in-person meeting to ask questions and see our studio in person, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer payment plans?
You can place a deposit of 50% to hold your spot in class at any time, but full payment is required before beginning. Your spot in the course is not secure until full payment is received.
I have zero experience. Will I be okay?
Yes! Our program is built to accommodate writers learning from scratch and experienced writers who want our specialized training in television comedy.
How do I sign up for a course?
You can register online and pay for the course using a credit card or debit card. You can also register and pay via phone with credit card, debit card, cash, or check.
How often does My Safe & Easy Writing Class meet?
Once a week for six consecutive weeks.
I still have questions, is there someone I can talk to?
Yes! You can email email@example.com or call us at 323-302-9152.